Hi friends, sorry for the late update. Life is a scramble!
Yes, little Jojo has a lot going on to begin with. He has such a strong will to live and I will honour that as long as he can.
There have been a lot of improvements with him since I started tenting and steaming his cage. He's definitely peppier. Every day that goes by it seems like there is some sort of improvement.
I finally had a chance to make a video of him breathing. He's not chirping a lot, just occasionally.
Here's the link:
I am thinking that there is a strong possibility of air sac mites. Last night when I changed his paper I noticed some dots running around on the bottom of the cage :-( I squished all the ones that I could see. The vet keeps prescribing two week refills and it doesn't seem very sustainable at this time.
The vet did not do a crop swab at the initial visit.
The other budgies are in good health with no symptoms of anything.
I am going to send this video to the vet and see if I need another appointment. I'll be sure to wrap the hospital cage well. I have a cardboard box with handles that fits it too. The weather is slightly getting better now.
I should add that I have had budgies for 30+ years but have never had a problem like Jojo...he's not an easy keeper!