I'm hoping for a bit of specific advice. I'm in Auckland New Zealand, there's only one avian vet and they're not available after hours at all, so I've gone to a regular emergency vet in the meantime.
My 2 year old Anakin was acting normally this morning and tonight when I came home.
I went to bed early this evening and woke up to a crashing noise to find that he had fallen off his perch and his neck was at an odd angle.
I thought he'd broken his neck because I couldn't see him breathe or move. I didn't want to upset my other two babies, so I went to move him from the cage and Ani let out an unhappy squawk. His head was all tilted to one side and he was very uncoordinated, but he was moving around and breathing normally and didn't appear overly distressed.
I called up all 3 of the after hours vet clinics as I was terrified and didn't want to wait until morning, and all three of them said to take him to one of the others as they had limited bird experience (which was incredibly frustrating). I eventually picked the one closest to my home and took him in in a shoe box at the bottom of their travel cage.
The vet examined him and said it probably wasn't a break or muscle spasm, it looked like an inner ear infection because he was acting drunkenly and had torticoullus (spelling??), and it was most likely bacterial. She gave me a bottle of Baytril 2.5% and told me the dosage for Anakin would probably be 0.02 of a ml by syringe based on his weight of 45g (at last check), 2x per day. The other option, she said, was a brain tumor, but because he was alert and friendly and acting intelligently, that she didn't think it was likely. She also said that she wouldnt X ray, as the machine at her clinic wasnt sensitive enough for bird bones (she has had dogs that swallowed chicken bones and the X ray often didn't pick up on them).
She also checked to see if he could feed himself and said he probably wouldn't be able to eat or drink, and would need to be syringe fed and watered through out the day.
I have taken tomorrow off work to stay home and look after him, and also to do a full bleach down of the cage, as she said it may pay to do that so my other 2 don't also get sick.
I would appreciate any advice on syringe feeding,
what to feed,
as well as water, how often and how much?
How would you recommend sterilizing the main cage?
I am going to ring the avian vet as soon as they open, but being in NZ, even the 1 'avian' vet doesn't have all that much experience with budgies (mostly bigger parrots and native birds), so I'm reaching out to you in the hopes that more experienced budgie people will have good practical advice on how to handle the situation.
Please help, Ani is my baby. I know you're not meant to have favourites, but he was my first baby and has the sweetest personality, and I need him to be well cared for and not suffer at all.