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Hey guys, I wish I could have a better topic today...
I have an extremely nervous budgie. Last night, the night light went out so she had a night fright. She seemed okay when I looked her over last night but not it looks like both her wings bled a bit. I tried to catch her to look at them. I caught her and she bled more because she got upset. She is not tame and is extremely nervous and panics if I even look at her with my hand in the cage. Right now, it's scabbed over and is no longer bleeding but I think it is a wing feather and she is also molting. She never dripped blood or anything, there is just some on her wings. I'm worried she might die if I take her to the vet because of her panic attacks. If it were any of my other birds I would take them in right away but this one is more nervous than all the others put together. She is completely wild and I can not handle her at all. I'm afraid to separate her from the other bird because he is the one that keeps her calm and comforts her when she gets upset. I don't know what she will do if they are separated.
My question is if she has stopped bleeding and is active and eating as well as preening everything but her wings, should I try to take her? The vet is very experienced though and has been one for over 30 years but I think she is at a farm call so she won't be back until 2. I'm going to talk to her then about it and see what she thinks about transport. She has told me before that it is extremely hard on small birds that are not tame to come because they get really stressed out and that is can do a lot more harm than good.
I'm so upset! Of my four for this to happen to, it just had to be the completely unhandleable and nervous one.
It sounds like you did a great job by getting her calm after inspecting her if she is active and eating again. Good job!
Your vet might want to take a look at her to remove the feather if necessary, but she will give you more advice when you speak to her. I hope that your budgie heals quickly and that she doesn't have any more night frights! Good luck!
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I agree with what Deb said, being a nervous budgie would cause her more stress at this point in time. try to be calm and make all movements around her slow and deliberate. Perhaps play some budgie sounds for her even though she has a mate . Is her cage covered on three sides for safety and comfort?
Take it very slowly and talk to her as often as possible.
Her cage is against a wall in a quiet room so she has two sides covered and the night light is fixed. She had multiple night frights every night until I read about the night lights on the forum . She lives in a room with 3 other budgies just not all in the same cage yet so she get plenty of happy budgie noises. She hasn't had anymore bleeding and is leaving the hurt feathers alone. She's doing fine now and flying around again; much better than this morning. Maybe she was in a bit of shock over what happened?
We are holding off on the vet since she seems very happy at the moment but are checking on her every couple of hours then leaving quickly so she stays calmer.
Wonderful news, that is what we want to hear. I am glad the night light is helping with her frights. I use them also, Is her cage in the lien of sight of a window? perhaps shadows or car lights are scaring her, eve a radio left on during the night softly to mask any sudden noises might be of benefit.