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Follow-up Center Threads made in the Emergency Room forum will be moved here by staff as a way to follow-up with members after their budgie emergency. This keeps the E.R. for only the most current emergencies.

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I am a fairly new budgie owner. I got her from a nearby petshop 1-2 weeks ago and she is only 4 months old. Everything was great until I realized that my budgie moves its tail up & down all the time. After some online research, I found that she might have respiratory infection, so I took her to a vet and started giving her 2,5 % Bytril upon the vet's suggestion. However, after almost a week, there has been no improvement in her health. She still does the same tail movement and I am extremely worried about it. Could you please help me?

PS: There is no avian vet in my city so I am really not sure about the diagnosis...

Here you can find a link to a video on her tail movement:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zyoF...ature=youtu.be

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Hello , try not to stress too much as your budgie will pick up on your stress and become upset and anxious .
Cover your budgies cage on three side with a blanket, You can place the cage in the bathroom and run the hot tap to make steam, this helps clear airways. Also you can make a tent over the cage and use a kettle place a couple of drops of eucalyptus oil in the water this helps also.
What are your budgies droppings like, is your budgie eating and drinking normally? Try these few things and please let us know how things are going soon.


By the look of him in your video he seems to be adjusting his balance as a lot of budgies do, one of my birds do this and he is perfectly healthy. can you hear any noise when he is breathing, or is his breathing rather rapid? these are signs of respiratory stress.
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Some slight tail movement is expected, as budgies use their tails to balance, as it looks like yours is trying to do in that picture. Does she do it ALL the time, or just sometimes. Is she making funny breathing noises? If its just some times with the tail movements and she other wise seems fine, I think she’s ok.
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The others are right, slight tail bobbing is usually for balance but to me that doesn't look slight. However, I noticed she was breathing deeply as well, and that could also be why she's doing that. Like the others said, listen for clicking. If you hear clicking it could be an infection yes, but if you're treating it I'd imagine it would be gone by now. However, air sac mites wouldn't be killed with antibiotics if she has that. And air sac mites also cause respitory issues.



Is your birdy very lethargic and sleepy all the time ? Does your birdy eat normally? If your bird is active, eating, and alert... And you don't hear clicking when she's breathing I wouldn't worry too much. That tail bobbing could very well just be because she's breathing heavy and is a little scared ( being that you did just get her within the past two weeks) she may still be a little freaked out. I like pretty boys suggestion with the eucalyptus. That's also an antiseptic and kills bacteria
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Was this video taken after she was flying around?... If so I don't see anything wrong with her at all. She's panting a bit, but that's usual if they were just flying around, and the tail bobbing looks normal to me as well.

Sometimes we freak out about little things, because we're worried about our little guys. But just like if we freak out about our own health, we end up with a huge medical bill with a clean bill of health from the doctors.

Unless you can hear her breathing is difficult, or see her panting at all times, I think she's fine.
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I have to agree with that - looks like a nervous & frightened budgie to me. In my experience respiratory problems have much more aggressive tail pumping than that - perhaps the key is in what you can hear in the airways as already suggested.
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First of all, I would like to thank you for your sincere and kind answers. It really means the world to me. I will definitely try the eucalyptus method and update you.

Now, I want to answer some of the questions asked:

@pretty boy:
1. Her droppings look normal and by that I mean they are mostly solid, greenish with some white around and sometimes just a little watery.

2. She has never had a great appetite but never lost it, either. However, she doesn't drink much-- a few sips now and then.

3. There's no noise in her breathing and it is not slow but not very fast either.


@birding: She does this tail movement 95 % of the time.

@mascare rabbit: No, she is not lethargic at all. She sometimes does funny things in her cage like jumping from one side to the other or rolling over the perch. Actually, she almost never sleeps during the day, which is another worry for me.

@jwknight: The video was taken when she was idle for some time.

@penzance: She sometimes freaks out and makes a cry & scream like sound out of nothing (even when nobody is around) and flies for a few secs.


Limon and I thank you so much .
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First of all, I would like to thank you for your sincere and kind answers. It really means the world to me. I will definitely try the eucalyptus method and update you.

Now, I want to answer some of the questions asked:

@pretty boy:
1. Her droppings look normal and by that I mean they are mostly solid, greenish with some white around and sometimes just a little watery.

2. She has never had a great appetite but never lost it, either. However, she doesn't drink much-- a few sips now and then.

3. There's no noise in her breathing and it is not slow but not very fast either.


@birding: She does this tail movement 95 % of the time.

@mascare rabbit: No, she is not lethargic at all. She sometimes does funny things in her cage like jumping from one side to the other or rolling over the perch. Actually, she almost never sleeps during the day, which is another worry for me.

@jwknight: The video was taken when she was idle for some time.

@penzance: She sometimes freaks out and makes a cry & scream like sound out of nothing (even when nobody is around) and flies for a few secs.


Limon and I thank you so much .
Honestly, this all sounds like normal budgie stuff! I understand your worry because we love lour little ones so much and don't want anything bad to happen to them!

Perhaps it would be best to take you budgie to an avian vet for a well-check. The vet can do a comprehensive exam and run screening tests for some common budgie illnesses. I know you said there isn't one in your city, but you may be able to get recommendations for through a regular vet or you may get to take a short trip with your budgie
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Thats great to hear! Shes eating normal, is active and alert and is behaving normal and you hear no clicks. Rest assured...your budgie is just a little scared and unsure of her surroundings. I'd give her her space for the next couple days. Just feed her and give her her water and eventually she will simmer down

Shes a lovely color by the way! Hope to see more of her around here soon.
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In my opinion the tail bobbing is fine - I have a healthy bird whose tail always bobs by that small amount on the video. The cry and scream you mention sounds like a budgie squawk to me - that can be panic, fright, or frustration here I think - in itself I don't think you need worry about it unless there is something in the environment causing it, like an animal for example. From what you say about the breathing that sounds fine. Sounds like she is eating and drinking normally - budgies really don't drink much water - I believe they need around 5% of their body weight a day, and as you know they don't weigh very much! Now the droppings could be another matter, they don't sound right if that is how they are all the time - what you have described is not generally a problem if it is short lived, but if all the time there is a possibility of a digestive system problem. What are you feeding her? Sometimes too much veg can cause that in my experience, for which the solution is usually to make the diet more solid. If it is digestive system then you definitely need the vet again. Don't panic, wait a little while and see if you get any more opinions.
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