afraid my budgie is sick, and can't afford anything but a physical for him
My budgie Sky is white and blue and six years old. Lately he's been more tired and puffed and its making me really worried. The times when he's usually the most energetic he's now still playing with his toys but more calmly and puffed and his eyes will start closing periodically. Like right now we just woke up an hour ago from a full night's sleep and he's singing but also stationary ringing his bell every so often but also puffed and closing his eyes every so often. He usually runs around his cage and plays like a crazy bird and is super energetic but I haven't noticed that kind of behavior in the last couple of weeks. He's eating and drinking normally, his poops are normal, he looks healthy other than some molting above he cere he was experiencing and he's singing like normal too. Sometimes his wing feathers shake the tiniest amount, not his body just his wing feathers, and he's been sneezing more recently as well more so at night. I called the vet to get prices for an annual- blood work, poop testing (whatever they call that), and a physical but it's $250 and after my car wrecked I can't afford it. I may be overly worried because I know I get paranoid with Sky all the time afraid that he's unwell. Would a physical be enough? Do you think I should peruse the whole annual? Does this sound worrying?
I suggest that at the very least you take your bird for a physical to an avian vet or a vet that has experience with birds. Many times the vet will be able to get a sense of what is wrong by the physical exam. Be upfront with the vet and tell him or her that you do not have a lot to spend and they will be able to suggest the best course of action. Many times just a check of the droppings or a crop swab will reveal quite a bit. The longer you wait the less of a chance of 100% recovery, as usually by the time a bird is showing symptoms of illness the bird has been ill for a while so time is of the essence.
Hey there, thank you so much for the reply. I just made an appointment at an avian vet for this afternoon. Right now Sky is playing so I think that's a good sign too but I can't ignore the signs of him being more tired and lethargic too. What is a crop swap? I know they said over the phone they would most likely want to do blood work and a fecal, but I didn't know there was another option
A crop swab is like a throat swab, if the vet feels it is necessary they will swab the throat/crop and look at it under the microscope to see if there is anything there that should not be such as bacteria, yeast, fungal organisms etc. Since you say your bird has been sneezing more recently make sure you mention that, could be due to just dust or the dryness of the room or it could be the start of a sinus infection. Often times the vet will be able to tell just by examining the head if there is a sinus infection by looking at the nares, ears and eyes.
Thank you! I just got back from the vet and they gave me an antibiotic to see if that helps the sneezing, but she said that he's probably lethargic because of molting. Other than that she says he's in perfect health!
That's great news that the vet did not find anything , a molt, especially a bad one can really effect the activity level and also make them more susceptible to illness during that time. It takes a lot to grow new feathers so a little extra protein during a molt is a help. You can use a commercially made egg food that you can get at the pet store or you can hard boil an egg and offer pieces of that.