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Old 11-08-2019, 03:55 PM
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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.

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

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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.

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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.
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