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Old 07-14-2015, 05:08 PM
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So for the last two days I noticed one of my budgies has been acting strangely. He's usually very playful and loud but as of late he's been quite quiet and not moving much. Today I watched him a bit and noticed a few concerning things;

He's remaining puffed up all the time and breathing very fast, short breaths. He also seems to be making a kind of clicking sound when he breaths? He's also got his head slightly angle upwards and he eyes are half shut, as if he's tired. Lastly, he has poo stuck to his feathers and it seems like he may have lost some near his butt. Also he's not tame and I can't put my hand in the cage without him backing away, so I can't handle him to check anything.

Is this a sign that he's dying? And if so, how long does he have? I can't really afford to bring him to a vet and I'm not sure what they could do with him anyway... I don't know what to do.

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What to do is take this bird immediately to a vet. He is sick and suffering. Can you do this?

By the time you recognize that a bird is sick, it is often already much sicker than we think. Therefore, any sign of sickness should be investigated properly and a complete physical examination should be given if at all possible.

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Well said Pete.
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In regards to the vet, there is only one that takes birds here and it's closed for the next 16 hours. So if anyone can offer helpful advice that'd be great.

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Run a hot shower and take his cage into the steamy bathroom to help ease his breathing. If you have a warm mist humidifier or vaporizer, you can build a tent over his cage with a sheet and let the steam go under. A few drops of eucalyptus oil in the water will help ease his breathing even more. You need to keep your bird warm and hydrated. Soaking some millet in pedialyte or any other electrolyte will help him stay hydrated. Is he eating, and what do the droppings look like...

I would talk to even a non avian vet and tell them the situation, they might be able prescribe some anti b's for a respiratory infection, and keep the cost down, maybe take small payments over time. It doesn't hurt to try.
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I hope the steam helps with the breathing issue. Regarding the stuck poop you need to catch the budgie and clean it off, this is very important. Budgies can die from having their vent clogged up. Use a cloth and catch him at night time just before he is going to sleep, it is easier to catch them then . Use warm water and gently soak the dried poop of his vent area.
I would also seriously consider perhaps rehoming your budgies as financial constraints are causing concern for you.
We being the ones who are responsible for the care and wellbeing of the birds need to sometimes make the hard decisions that are the best for the bird.
Please try the actions suggested and let us know how your budgie is soon.
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The steam seems to help, he seems to breath a little slower now than he was before. My grandfather is coming down and we're going to take him to the vet. For reasons that I won't get into, I can't re-home them.
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I am praying for your bird to recover.

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I'm glad the steam has helped the breathing. That is awesome that you and your grandfather are going to the vet. Respiratory infection's are very treatable. There is a lot of good info here in the sticky's of each sub forum that you can read up on that will help you keep your bird in tip top health for very little cost.
Here is a link you should read...https://talkbudgies.com/diet-nutritio...+Cider+Vinegar

There are lot's more thing's you may be able to learn and apply to your budgie care practices if you can spend some time here reading...

Please let us know what you what you find out at the vet...
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For anyone who cares, I had to put him down. They did an x-ray and found his liver was swollen, to the point where it had moved his heart higher into his body and was crushing his lungs, which is the reason for the breathing issues. Then, due to the stress of it, it was causing him to have diarrhoea and lose weight. They said the only way to find out why his liver was that way was to do an operation, cut out part of him liver and test it. Even then he said it was unlikely any treatment would help and it could take weeks, or even months, of him being in this state for a treatment to work, if it were possible at all. So I had him cremated and I'll be getting his ashes on Tuesday. It was only a few days ago he was hopping around playing...

Thanks for those that offered help,

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