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Old 02-14-2015, 02:37 PM
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My baby boy Barney (8 months) been with us 6 months no signs of illness till today. My partner came home to find him on the bottom of the cage. I had noticed him tilting backwards while sleeping, but he sleeps funny all the time so left him to it. Felt terrible
Now he is not eating and sitting on a pillow with millet around him and I keep trying to give him water. Oh thank god he just took some - paint me elated. I plan to take to vet tomorrow as no one available till then. Any advice?
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I am just praying for him to be strong enough to make it through the night, I won't be sleeping. I have heard stories of little ones that pull through, others that don't. Pray with me hno:

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Old 02-14-2015, 02:51 PM
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Keep him warm. What do his dropping's look like ? The more info you can give, the more likely some of our real experienced folk's may be able to offer advice. What do you mean by disoriented....can he walk.....is he fluffed up....what do his eyes look like.....

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What's his sleeping been like? Has he been sleeping with his head tucked into has back? Has he been sleeping a lot? Has he been puffed up? Is he still nice and warm, or is he cool? Does he seem weak at all? When my little Scarlet had her stroke, she became lame in one leg and was a bit weak. She was also disoriented. Is he able to move around well enough? More info would be appreciated, and good on you for taking him to the vet!

Make sure to keep him warm and hydrated. You can add some apple juice to his water to help keep his energy up, and you can try soaking his spray millet in the apple juice. Do you have a heat lamp or a heating pad to help keep him warm? If not and he's having trouble staying warm, you might want to cuddle with him through the night to help keep him warm. You can also try making ginger root tea for him. Just get a thing of ginger, cut off a piece, and poor boiling water on it. Let it cool to room temperature, then serve. Ginger is known to be a warming herb, and can boost the immune system and increase appetite. I'll keep you two in my prayers.
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His eyes when they open look alert. Takes water periodically. His left leg seems to be trailing so not walking with confidence and he is sitting on a pillow where he is warm and stable. He has not eaten all night.
His poops are not normal, but my other female is fine and cheeping though she had similar issues in the beginning.
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We've had our girl for 3 years and they've been living together for 6 months.
I just tried picking him up and he gripped the millet sprig quite urgently with his right foot, but his left still looks lame. Gonna try some ginger tea in a minute
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His poops are more liquid than solid with some white through it. He has made 3 like that so far.
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Hmm. It definitely sounds like it's neurological. If he is lame and the lameness is permanent, you'll have to redesign their cage to accommodate him. I'd recommend buying him some platform perches, rope perches, and maybe a Living World Nature's Perch. I bought the Living World perch for my little Scarlet after her stroke, and she loved it! It is easy for budgies to hold onto, even if they're partially lame. Even if he's not permanently crippled, it's still a good idea to get a few of those perches for when they're seniors.

As for his poop, he could be having watery poops because of the stress or because of the illness. Would you say it's more like diarrhea, or more like he has extra "pee" in it? Would you say he seems thirsty and drinks more than your female?

By the way, you didn't mention that you feed them vegetables or sprout seeds. If you don't, you should try introducing budgie-safe veggies to their diet, and the odd fruit.
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It is like more pee, but when it hardens goes kind of chalky? He drinks about the same as the female, but she'll happily sit on the light for hours then go for a nibble and drink before bed.
Earlier we tried to put him on a low perch and he sat for a bit, but looked about to fall off again so that is why he is now on a pillow with me checking him every few minutes.
He's got fat branch like perches that can be chewed with minerals in them. but they need to be move lower for now. Thanks for all the advice, I've just found a vet that is open earlier than the other one 10.30. I'm sleeping on the couch keeping an eye on him till morning.
I introduced some cress, and tried some banana but didn't like any of it. I might try grated carrot, he has had a bit of the ginger tea though

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Glad to hear you've found a vet that opens earlier! I assume you're taking him to an avian vet?

Has he been pooping like that for a while now, or has it just occurred since his fall? I was just wondering if he could possibly be kidney disease. If the poop has been watery for a while, and if he's been drinking a lot, it could be kidney disease. I know that kidney disease can cause lameness as it progresses. You might want to look up kidney disease in budgies, and stroke in budgies. Could potentially be testicular cancer, but you would have noticed his cere turning from blue to brown or tan.
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They deal with small pets, but may have an avian specialist in the team, can only but try. I'll go for second option if there is no one available.
He didn't drink more than usual, he has enjoyed the ginger and has eaten some millet finally. I'll monitor the poops during the night and keep hoping and praying. Thanks for all the advice and questions.
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