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Old 03-02-2019, 10:22 PM
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Hi, I got a new female budgie today, she's less than 4 months old not sure about her exact age. Earlier today she was acting fine, on our ride home, I noticed that her droppings inside her travel box were yellow-ish and with a very mushy texture. I put her in her cage and she was fine. This evening, I was hanging around her cage and saw that she had some poop stuck on her vent, I got some cotton swabs with warm water and cleaned it off (it happened twice this evening). While I was cleaning her, I noticed that the feathers around her vent were missing, and the remaining ones she had were green, as if they had been poop stained. I'm worried about her since I just got her and she seems really young. I would appreciate some help! Thank you!!

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Hi there, it’s not uncommon for budgies to poop to become runny or mushy when you first bring them home. This is due to the stress of leaving their familiar environment and being taken to somewhere completely new and foreign to them. It could well be that this is what’s happening with your budgie. Try to keep her on the diet she was on prior to you bringing her home at least until she’s settled into her new home. Cover the back and 3 sides of her cage to help her feel secure, and don’t try to touch her. Only go into the cage if you have to, like to clean it or to change her food and water (of course if she gets poop stuck to her vent, you will need to clean her). Sit by her cage and gently talk to her so she slowly gets used to your presence and gets to see that you won’t hurt her. Keep an eye on her droppings and her behaviour and if she shows any signs of being unwell (like if she’s fluffed up, sitting on the cage floor, breathing heavily, tail bobbing), she will need to see an avian vet. Otherwise, if she’s behaving and acting normally, just give her time to settle in and see if her droppings improve.


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Hi there, it’s not uncommon for budgies to poop to become runny or mushy when you first bring them home. This is due to the stress of leaving their familiar environment and being taken to somewhere completely new and foreign to them. It could well be that this is what’s happening with your budgie. Try to keep her on the diet she was on prior to you bringing her home at least until she’s settled into her new home. Cover the back and 3 sides of her cage to help her feel secure, and don’t try to touch her. Only go into the cage if you have to, like to clean it or to change her food and water (of course if she gets poop stuck to her vent, you will need to clean her). Sit by her cage and gently talk to her so she slowly gets used to your presence and gets to see that you won’t hurt her. Keep an eye on her droppings and her behaviour and if she shows any signs of being unwell (like if she’s fluffed up, sitting on the cage floor, breathing heavily, tail bobbing), she will need to see an avian vet. Otherwise, if she’s behaving and acting normally, just give her time to settle in and see if her droppings improve.


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Ok, thank you! I just wanted to make sure, since this didn't happen before with my first budgie (the new one is my second budgie), so I got a little worried. Thanks for your help!
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Hi Oaky,
Do you still have your first bird, if so you should quarantine the new bird for at least 30 days just in case it may be harboring an illness. Quarantine procedures require the new bird to be in a separate cage preferably in a different room from other birds. As Blingy has indicated if you do not see improvement in the droppings within a few days then the bird should be seen by an avian vet.
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Do you still have your first bird, if so you should quarantine the new bird for at least 30 days just in case it may be harboring an illness. Quarantine procedures require the new bird to be in a separate cage preferably in a different room from other birds. As Blingy has indicated if you do not see improvement in the droppings within a few days then the bird should be seen by an avian vet.
Yes, my first budgie is still here. I haven't hand trained the new budgie, so I think I will transfer the first one to a different cage because it will be easier for me, and I don't want to spook her (I was already thinking of changing cages)

I haven't seen the female one's droppings yet, but she hasn't needed any cleaning, so I think that's good. About the vet situation, the country I am in is very small (not in north america) and there aren't really any avian vets, just normal vets for like cats and dogs. If I'm not able to get a vet to check her out what should I do?
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Contact one of the local vets to see if they would be willing to consult with an avian vet. If there are any zoos in your area that have birds contact them and ask them what they do when they need a vet for the birds, they may be able to give you some directions. I had a sick fish years ago and I contacted the local aquarium and they gave me the name of a vet I could contact that treated fish.
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