Hi all, my daughters 9 month old male budgie suddenly seems unable to fly, he’s not lost any wing or tail feathers that I can see but took off from the ground, struggled to gain height and crashed into the wall, then flew away, crashed into the radiator then the toy box and eventually just fell to the floor. He let me pick him up, normally bites me quite a bit (however I am the only person he ever bites.) he sat quite docile on my hand then chest, let me stroke his wings and stomach and head before throwing up a couple of times. He is slightly puffed up but not much, started having extremely watery feces. To start with they were just white centres with large watery rings around them then changed to water only. Now are back to white with watery rings.
I put him back in his cage however he seems unable to fly, he’s struggling to climb his perches too where as he’s normally very active and agail. He’s still eating but I’ve not noticed him drink, seems very lethargic however he did at least bite me again when I put my hand into his cage to see if his feet were hot.
The vet isn’t a bird specialist however he does have an appointment tomorrow afternoon. Is there anything I can do in the mean time to make him more comfortable? He and my 8 year old daughter are very attached to each other, they have a brilliant bond however he won’t even respond to her where normally he’d make kissing noises/be glued to her most of the evening. Obviously you all can’t diagnose him over the internet but could this be a worse case senario? My daughter would be devistated so unsure if I should remove him to my own bedroom or let him stay somewhere that he is happy and comfortable just in case the worse comes to worst.
Sorry to read of the problems you are having, I would encourage you to find an avian vet asap if possible as a vet that does not have a good deal of experience with birds may not be able to effectively determine the cause or even know what testing to do to make the determination. Sometimes hospitals that treat exotics have an avian vet on staff or at least one that has a good deal of experience with birds. Is he puffed and on the bottom of the cage, if so this is an indication that he is quite ill. Keep him in a quiet place and put food and water at the bottom of the cage if he is not perching and keep him warm.
He really needs an avian vet.
In the meantime I would advise keeping him somewhere quiet and fairly dark, cover 3 sides of the cage to prevent any drafts and if you have a heat lamp aim that at one corner of the cage. If no heat lamp a bit water bottle will work just don't have it over the entire cage. He needs a cooler area in case he starts overheating.
Have a small lamp on so there is enough light that he can see if he gets spooked but not bright enough to disturb him.
Do you have any guardian Angel? If so mix this into his water and gently dip his beak into the water to see if he will drink some. Sometimes they need the encouragement.
If no guardian Angel you can use a prolyte mix, or organic Apple cider vinegar or you make him a weak organic chamomile tea. For the tea use one tea bag in a cup of boiled water then weaken it slightly by mixing it with a cup of cold water. This will also bring the temperature down so he can drink it.
Again gently dip the beak.
If you have none of the above you can make a sugar water mix to give him an energy boost.
Offer him millet sprays if you have any as this can entice them to eat.
I would advise keeping him out of your little ones room as they are very fragile and this could be a worse case scenario unfortunately.
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I'm sorry to hear about your little one. You've been given great advice.
Please let us know once you've been able to take him in to the vet!
Hoping that he gets better soon!
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