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I have 2 budgies currently, one female one male. The female with me for about 2 years, the male one year. Today I realised he was very wobbly, he will slowly rock back and forth when he stands on my finger. He is untamed, so I was quite surprised that he let me pet him, but I don't know if he liked it or just no energy.
But basically, he always sleep a lot, and the female bullies him occasionally. He was eating fine, and I saw him drinking a lot of water just yesterday. I saw him stumbling at the bottom of the cage today and took him out. He is still scared of me (untamed), but he willingly sat on my chest as I pet him.
His vent is clear, just that when he moves around he wobbles, and need to use his wings for support sometimes. I've took the female out to a spare cage. There is no avian vet near my home, so this is my only help now. Please advise what should I do.
There is a chance he may be ill (inner ear infection which affects balance), injured or is suffering from a neurological disorder.
He really should be seen by an Avian Vet to obtain the proper diagnosis and treatment protocol.
Hopefully, these links will help you locate a vet not too far from you.
Sending lots of healing energy and postive thoughts for your little one.
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Your little budgie definitely need to see an avian vet, he needs to be diagnosed and get treatment from a professional . Please let us know how the vet visit goes, I travel an hour and a half each way to my vet, but it is worth it to be free of mind regarding their health.
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You've been given some great resources, and I dearly hope your little budgie feels better soon. Sounds like he is definitely ill.
Please keep us posted on his condition! We're all praying for his health
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Thanks everyone for your reply. There are quite a few low perches in his current cage, and i placed him in a foldable ladder which i bent into a U-shaped last night so he can sleep without falling off. Today he is still wobbly, but he is eating and drinking well, i caught him biting on the cuttlebone in the cage, and he is even calling out them the female chirps. I'm in Singapore, so there is only one avian vet (not an avian specialist clinic) which is really far away from my house. But i'll arrange an appointment to bring him there soon!
Last edited by AlleysKitty; 07-17-2015 at 06:41 AM.
i went to the vet today, and got some antibiotics for him. ever since i came back he's been just sleeping in the cage, not eating or drinking. i took him out and managed to get some drop of water in him and now he is sleeping again.
the only problem the doctor could find was a minor mite issue, and my baby is on the thinner side (the female monopolised one food dish), so the doctor is assuming the lethargy is because he is weak.
You need to keep his cage extra warm use a hot water bottle covered of course for him for extra heat. get some Probiotics and sprinkle these over his food, did the vet recommend a special diet for him? Egg and biscuit mix is a good source of food to help him put weight on, what sort of mites has he got and where are they may I ask ? Keep feeding as often a you can.
Probably scaly face mites, he got them on his beak and cere. The vet said it's not very serious and told me to go back after he recovers for the medicine for the mites. The vet didn't mention any special diet...
I have one of those bath box thing, and i put him in there now, he's sleeping in it and he wont fall over. I was trying to get him to eat and drink so i put a fistful of seeds in the box, he's eating now, after discovering the seeds, and i hang the water bottle over the entrance so he can reach it easily. I've been using the hamster bottle since he arrived, so he's a little slow with water dish. There's no draft where the cage is, and the temperature here is about 27°C now.
It's almost like forcing him to find food. When he moves he wobbles and want to hold onto something with his beak, and he'll bite into the seeds and start eating. With his eyes closed...
Last edited by AlleysKitty; 07-21-2015 at 10:52 AM.
he took a turn for the worse. he had stopped drinking, sleeps all the time, only occasionally bites at the seeds... he will try to fly, but only flapping his wings without any levitation. then he won't even keep his wings in and just lay there with his wings spread out. I saw him trying to preen himself, but he can't seem to even get his beak to reach under his wings... I found some symptoms of psittacosis (the internet is a scary place) and I'm suspecting if he have that, I came down with flu around the same time he started behaving weird... strangely the female is perfectly fine and active and still terrified of me...
This clinic is the only one with a doctor that have actually studied on avian veterinary care, but even when the clinic offer care for birds they do not have the equipments.. the thing is this doctor only appears at the clinic once every week, I'm not even sure if my budgie will pull through the ride to the vet for the next visit...
Last edited by AlleysKitty; 07-24-2015 at 10:40 AM.