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Old 08-14-2018, 02:44 PM
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alright so i got my budgie coco yesterday from a petshop (bc we dont know any breeders)

i dont know exactly how old he is but his cere is purple, he kinda has an iris and the black bars on his head arent all the way to his cere so hes definitely not younger than 4 months i suppose ^^;;?
(im pointing this out just in case it can help!!)
the purple cere is confusing me tho

i didnt really see anything weird about coco till today.
he started sneezing and when he sneezes its like three times in a row.. coco also lets out squeaky noises with it..
and apparently he hasnt slept since we got him yesterday poor guy;;;

he does drink water but he eats literally whenever we handfeed him (and, he ate from the bowl twice so far)

im not sure if hes molting but he is shedding feathers.. and there are flaky stuff falling off of him when he does it so when i googled it, results were that he might be molting.
i read that this might also cause him to sneeze so im mentioning it to make sure..

he doesnt have a runny nose, hes not puffed up, and his tail isnt bobbing

one last piece of info: the window and the balcony door were open so maybe hes a tiny bit cold...

i do plan to take him to the vet but first i want to make sure that im not overthinking this..
^since i have a past of overthinking my budgie's actions haha.. OTL...
i hope this wasnt too long.. i tried providing all the info ive got ;; and i hope im not being too dumb

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Old 08-14-2018, 09:04 PM
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I would definitely recommend that you have Coco seen by an Avian Vet.

Avian Vets have special training to determine the cause of symptoms resulting from illness or trauma.
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.

Having your budgie examined by an Avian Vet allows you to develop a good relationship with the vet in case your bird needs care for an injury or illness in the future. Additionally, it is always helpful for the vet to have a baseline for your bird to refer to should it need future treatment.

I wish Coco a full and speedy recovery.
Please update us on his condition in this thread.
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It would be helpful if you can post pics of Coco. I’d be hesitant to tell you any stats unless you have a clear, frontal view pic of the cere, taken with natural daylight in the room.

It does sound like molting if feathers and flakes are falling. Molting is the term used for “shedding” in birds (animals without hair). The flaky stuff you see is the feather sheath that encases the feather like a tube while it’s growing out.

The small dust-like particles could be the cause of occasional sneezing. Without any other symptoms, chances are Coco is fine, but it is always good practice to have an avian vet check out any new birds.
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