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Peatie 11-08-2019 02:55 PM

Change in behavior
I need some help with my Dads Budgie. Since Mom has passed as of 6/19/2016 Peatie has gone deeper into depression it seems. He doesn't sing like he use to and he sleeps a lot plus he has been molting nearly ever month. He is 11 years old and eats well drinks his water and feeds his mirror. He hasn't played with anything else but his mirror. When I go over to greet him he fluffs and seems to shiver but he isn't cold. I just don't know if he will ever get over losing Mom. Dad takes great care of him and talks to him often, cleans his cage daily but still he won't perk up. Anyone ever had this happen? Thanks for reading and for any help.

Cody 11-08-2019 05:08 PM

Since your mom passed more than 3 years ago even if he was depressed at first, I would expect the effect of the loss to have passed long ago. An 11 year old budgie is a senior bird and he may naturally be less interactive and social than a younger bird. Do you have an avian vet, because of his age it may be advisable to have an exam to make sure there is nothing physical going on. What does his diet consist of, are there any other birds in the house?

Peatie 11-29-2019 04:52 AM

Sorry it's been so long. I would have thought he would be over his depression by now also. There are no other birds or animals in the house. He is placed by a window but the curtain is thin and light comes in well. His diet is seed and mullet treats on occasion. I was thinking he had mites because he preens a lot but like I said he molts a lot. His claws were over grown lately so I put sand paper on his perch which did the trick. I just don't know what else it could be. I will call my fur babies vet and ask for an avian recommendation. My husband picked him out for Mothers day for my Mom in 2008. He is such a sweet boy.

Cody 11-29-2019 11:17 AM

I suggest removing sandpaper perch covers, they can damage the the bottom of the feet and then you will have a bigger problem. If the nails need trimming the vet should be able to do that.

FaeryBee 11-30-2019 06:13 PM

Sandpaper perch covers should never be used with budgies. They can easily cause pressure sores which can quickly develop into bumblefoot.

Pressure Sores

Please remove the sandpaper covers right away. If you must have a perch to help with the toenails, then a "comfort perch" is the option to choose. As you can see from the picture in the link below, the perch has a smooth surface for the foot to rest on and then a pumice area where the toenails grip.

Comfort Perch with Smooth area for foot pad

Peatie 12-05-2019 07:52 AM

Oh! I didn't know that obviously :( I will remove them immediately, Thank you for the info. I will go to the pet store today and get the comfort perches for him.

FaeryBee 12-09-2019 05:59 PM

I'm sure the budgie (name?) is glad you've removed the sandpaper perch covers and given him some comfort perches. How is he doing?

Peatie 12-12-2019 06:33 PM

Seem to be doing somewhat better
Peatie is doing somewhat better. I took the sand paper off the perches and trimmed his nails, as they were too long still. He did quite well for his first trim and is having an easier time getting around. He is still fluffed up on his perch but eats and drinks his water and his poo looks fine. I am covering him better during the day to help with the warmth. The house is kept at 76 degrees and with him covered he is warmer, I do let him see out the window for light and interest which is what I've read to do. I've added fruit treats and veggie treats today and think he likes it. His eyes are brighter now, I just wish he was more active but I think maybe at his age he is over the play and just wants to relax. I don't know but I am still watching him. When I talk to him, he responds with a little "Crew, crew" He is such a sweet boy :)

FaeryBee 12-13-2019 09:14 AM

Peatie is definitely a senior at the age of 11 which is great for a budgie!
I'm sure his lack of activity is related to his advanced age.
He's fortunate to be getting such loving care from you. :hug:

Peatie 12-13-2019 12:56 PM

Thank you
I appreciate your comment. I try to do what I can to help Peatie. Sorry I didn't tell you his name before. Today I was at my Dads house and Peatie was up on his top perch still fluffed but looking around and watching me. I cleaned his cage and gave him some more veggie and fruit treat with his fresh food and he went right down to it and started eating. I noticed he has a medium sized wing feather hanging. I won't touch it, I just hope it doesn't bleed if he plucks it. Very few feathers in the cage so at least he isn't in another molt. I need to get a picture of him to show but I'm no techie :( but I will try :)

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