I bought 3 new budgies yesterday as I have a large 3 metre aviary and a lonely cockatiel who gets a little freaked out on her own. I bought all 3 from a pet shop (2 male, 1 female) and noticed that as soon as I got home, one of them (the male) wasn’t doing so well and was lying on the bottom of the travel cage, panting. I left them inside for a little bit as I was cleaning the aviary out and when I came back in, he was up on one of the perches and looking a little better. When I put them all in the aviary, though, the same budgie stayed sitting on the ground. I ended up picking him up and putting him in the little travel cage for the night as I didn’t want the other birds to attack him (we also have a few mice that used to get into the cage and was worried he’d be attacked in the night). I woke up this morning to see him cheeping and sitting up right, and thought he might’ve been better, but when I put him back in the aviary he still wasn’t able to fly. He was climbing up the cage wire, but as soon as he tried to climb on one of the perches he fell and ended up back on the floor again.
He’s a really friendly bird, and I’m able to pick him up very easily, but I am a little concerned about what could be wrong.
He was bought from a pet shop and I didn’t notice anything wrong with him there, but he was kept in a pretty small cage with no room to fly, so I didn’t really get to check if he could or not. He definitely has a bit of a balance issue as well, as he tends to wobble around a lot when he’s standing on my fingers or on his perch. He’s definitely healthy and there’s no other signs of illness.
As of now I’m keeping him in one of the makeshift cages as I don’t want him to get hurt, but he definitely wants to interact with the other birds.
Sorry for the long post, just a little concerned and curious about what it could be.
If the budgie was kept in a very small cage in the pet store, it may not yet have the strength in its wings to be able to fly. However, since you indicate it seems to be having balance problems there may well be an underlying issue.
This needs to be addressed 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.
You indicate you've put the budgies into an aviary and that you have a cockatiel. You are not housing the budgies and the cockatiel together are you?
We do not recommend housing budgies and cockatiels in the same cage.
When the male is well, if you house him with the two females, please be sure you do everything necessary to discourage breeding.
Rearranging their cage frequently and limiting the light they get to 8 hours a day will help tremendously. Please be sure you never put a nest box or anything that could be used as a nesting site in their cage.
Additionally, be aware that housing two budgies of one gender with one budgie of another gender can cause problems. The male may bond closely with one of the females leaving the other out or the two females may become aggressive toward one another trying to win the male's affection. It is generally best to have an even ratio of males to females.
When they come into condition, limit the amount of protein in their diet at that time.
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Good points above and answers from FaeryBee. How is the one budgie doing today? It could have been very stressed out yesterday. If things still seem amiss, and the budgie has not recovered, the first thing that needs to be done is to take him to an avian vet to determine what the problem could be. Please keep us updated!
You've been given great advice above by FaeryBee. Be sure to read through all the links and resources provided above to ensure 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!
Meanwhile, we look forward to seeing more of your little budgie!
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Thanks a ton for all the advice and links about budgie care! It’s great to hear from passionate budgie-keepers!
Unfortunately, the budgie that had the issues passed a few weeks back. We had taken him out of the aviary to avoid any bullying from the other two budgies and covered him over with a blanket to reduce stress but unfortunately it just wasn’t enough. I had gone into the pet store to ask about the issues the day before and spoke to one of the bird-people, and they said it was likely that he had a sprained leg, effecting his balance, and that it was possible he could’ve had a stroke or heartattack due to stress.
We took him back to the pet store to be looked over by one of their vet-nurses after he had passed and they confirmed that it was likely a stress issue, as he was exceptionally healthy, however there were a few issues such as bright yellow faeces that concerned me a bit. Apparently another of their budgies has a similar issue, so I’m thinking it might be due to inbreeding or something similar that is resulting in these conditions reoccurring among the generations.
The other two budgies have been absolutely fine so far. The cockatiel I have has also grown up with budgies ever since I had gotten her, and had been housed alongside budgies in the store I bought her from, too. I kept a close eye on them in the aviary for the first few weeks, and they seemed to get along perfectly well, as the cockatiel is pretty used to being bossed around by budgies at this point.
Again, thank you so much for the advice!