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Old 06-22-2015, 12:25 PM
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Hello, I really hope someone out there can give me some advice

I was given a 6 week old little boy last week, His previous owners were quite anxious to give them away before they moved house on saturday. He was fully weaned and looked happy and healthy in the cage, but i think the move was too much for him.

I took Oliver to an avian vet earlier today and they found megabacteria. He has been given two dosages of Amphoteracin B. I mentioned that he had had some respiratory difficulty but she sort of dismissed it as an effect of being out in the cold and said there was no sign of respiratory infection... But then when I got back he had a wheeze. I called the vet and she said to keep an eye on it and see if it gets better on its own... but then at 12:30am he started to squeak as he breathes. He has been doing this for two hours. He is also jerking his head and rubbing it on the floor of the cage.

I have tried to make the cage as warm as possible by turning up the heat and providing a soft place for him to sit and shining a lamp (not directly) on the cage...

Does anyone have any other suggestions? Safe and previously trialled only please, I dont want to make things worse.

Also has anyone experienced this before with their budgies? What could it be?

Im really worried

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Old 06-22-2015, 12:32 PM
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I'm so sorry to hear little Oliver isn't well.
You can put a heating pad under 1/2 of his cage on the lowest setting to keep it warm. Using it under only 1/2 the cage will also allow him to get away from the heat if it is to much for him.

You can tent a sheet over his cage and place a crock-pot, kettle or pan of hot water under the tent outside the cage to create a warm humid environment to help him breathe better. If you have pure eucalyptus oil, you can put a drop of that in the water as it will help clear Oliver's airways.

Offer Oliver a millet spray that has been soaked in Pedialyte.
If you don't have Pedialyte, then you can use this recipe:

cup hot water
3 cups water
2 Tablespoons honey (or sugar if you have no honey)
teaspoon salt
Optional: 2 Tablespoons Orange or Apple Juice


Mix the honey and salt with the hot water until dissolved
Add the room temperature water and juice and let cool to room temperature before using.
I'd also call the Avian Vet back and explain that his symptoms have gotten much worse since you came home.

Sending lots of positive thoughts, healing energy and prayers for little Oliver.

Please keep us updated on his condition.
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Thank you so much! Im really glad you gave me the tip about his millet as every now and then he attempts to eat but struggles.. but unfortunately he may be the only bird in the world to not eat millet.. Can i do this with normal seed as well?

I do not have a heating pad so hopefully the lamp and house heating will be enough :/
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I'd try the millet spray soaked in pedialyte right now first simply because the seeds are smaller and easier for him to hull.

If he doesn't eat it, then soak some of his regular seed in the Pedialyte for around 15 minutes, drain it and offer it to him.

The light shining on his cage for warmth will help.
Do you have the top and three sides of the cage covered with a towel or fleece blanket?

Best wishes!
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Yes I do - thank you so much for the help!

Sorry but how often should i reboil the water so that its constantly steaming or should I have breaks inbetween? If so for how long?
I really dont want to do anything wrong.

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Hello...newtobudgiescare, sorry to hear about your bird's condition. Deborah has given excellent suggestions for your bird. I hope they bring relief to him and also that he recovers from AGY/Megabacteria.
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Thank you sunnydyazz

I just wish he understood what was happening. He didnt like the steam so he moved to the one corner I left open for ventilation so unfortunately I dont think Oliver experienced any of the benefits. Might try again in a little while but for now.. we wait :/
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Apart from Deborah's suggestions, Tetracycline and Doxycycline(broad spectrum antibiotics) are effective in birds' respiratory and other bacterial infections.
Alternatively and a good natural treatment is to feed your budgie a mixture of garlic-ginger juice with small amount of honey in it which in addition to treating respiratory infections also generates heat in it's body.
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One of our staff members has a budgie who has suffered from AGY/Megabacteria.
I have flagged this thread for her to see and weigh in on.

In the meantime, you may find the information in this link helpful:
https://talkbudgies.com/budgie-diseas...dgerigars.html
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Hello , I have a budgie who is classed a Megabac Carrier. In other words he always has it present in his system.
One of the main problems with Mega bac is stress, which unfortunately your sweet little on is going through big time.
being only six weeks old and coming from one environment to another is huge for him.
He needs to be kept as warm as possible, get some probiotics these help keep his gut full of good bacteria, also Apple cider Vinegar it has to have Mother in it though to be of benefit. A couple of drops in the drinking water are very useful. these budgies need to be kept as healthy as possible, it is also good to have them slightly over weight to help counter any sickness that comes on them suddenly. Mega bacteria is usually a secondary type of disease it sound like the respiratory problem has caused his system to weaken allowing the Mega Back to take a hold.
He needs a specific antibiotic to treat the respiratory problem, as well as help with the Mega bac. Feed him conditioning foods like egg and biscuit mix, millet, anything he will eat. s he eating by himself? Sometimes they need to be crop fed to get them over the bump so to say.
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