My female budgie was sick on Tuesday but is almost back to her normal self now. Should I still take her to the vet? Or can they get sick and get better on their own like we do? If she needs medicine, any idea of how much that might cost?
Her symptoms were sleeping all day, fluffed up feathers, not eating or moving much, diarrhea, and she had some staining on her face that is almost gone now so I think she might have gotten sick too.
She is eating fine now, much more active, coming out of the cage again and flying around. I took them outside a couple days before but it was very warm out. She also had carrots the night before but I always wash them off well.
Make sure you take her to an avian vet as they will notice things that others may not. Take in a fresh dropping also so the vet can check it, if you line the bottom of the cage with any sort of paper you can just take the entire paper in so the vet can see the number and consistency of the droppings.
I'm very glad you will be taking your budgie to the Avian vet for a proper diagnosis.
Budgies mask symptoms of illness.
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This is important as "regular" vets will often overlook symptoms that are quickly obvious to an Avian Vet.
When you rely on anyone who has not had training in Avian diagnosis and care, you may be delaying effective treatment.
This can prolong suffering that may be avoidable.
The bird will often require a more intense, prolonged treatment with a poorer chance of full recovery than it would have if you seek prompt professional diagnosis and treatment at the first sign of illness.
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You've been given great advice above; I'm glad you'll be taking her to the vet!
Also, do you still have the coconut hut toy in your budgies' cage? If so, you should remove it immediately as budgies do not need tents or houses to sleep, and they can encourage egg laying and breeding behaviors, which should be avoided
FaeryBee has provided some excellent resources above. Be sure to read through all the links above to be sure that you're up to date on the very best of budgie care practices! If you have any questions afterwards, please be sure to ask as we'd love to help!
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Thank you, I will definitely read through those!
Also they do not sleep in it, or even use it much. Sometimes she will go in and chew up the inside (she LOVES to chew on everything lol). Our male likes to talk inside of it because of the echo, but he doesn't actually go in. Should I still take it out?
Ok, thanks for letting me know.
Do you think that could happen, even when she is so aggressive? She tries to bite nearly every time he even comes too close to her.
In the early morning is usually the only time she'll allow him to feed her lol
That's why I haven't really been worried about that.