Hi all, I am brand new here. We got our very first baby budgie yesterday, his name is Archie and he's about 5-6 weeks old (just out of the nest but flying and eating seed). He is super tame and happy to snuggle up in human hands, shows no startle or alarm when we come near him or pick him up, fearlessly eating millet from our hands too!
This morning he took a good header into the window and cracked his head really hard - when I ran over he was lying on his back and I thought he was dead. After that he seemed like he wanted to burrow away into my jumper and also had trouble balancing. I rang the vet and the assistant recommended I put him in the cage for quiet time but as soon as I did he tried to climb up on things but was falling off because he couldn't balance. After that I put him in a dark shoebox with some towels for enforced quiet time.
I took him to our local vet (not an avian specialist) as soon as I could. She said his grip is a little weak on one side and he also had some blood coming out of his nose (a tiny smear). He has an appointment at the avian vet tomorrow morning but the regular vet just recommended we put him in a slightly bigger box with seed and water and leave him be until then.
He has been eating a bit this afternoon but still having trouble standing upright and balancing. He was also getting a bit restless in the box and even climbed up to sit on the edge, so I cuddled him in my hands for a little while until he calmed down (don't want him trying to fly again... he is probably getting bored in the box but I don't want him climbing anything).
There's nothing else I can do for him now except keep him nice and quiet but just wondering if anyone has had a similar experience? Is there anything else I should be doing for him in the mean time? Will he be warm enough in the box or should he have a little heating pad? He seems bright eyed and interested but still the balancing trouble. I just want to make sure I am doing everything I can and everything he needs before we see the vet tomorrow. Really just need some reassurance because I am pretty upset, he is so small and fragile and I'm worried about him.