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Old 08-10-2015, 05:48 PM
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Default Budgie's eye injured. Now sleeping a lot?

I understand that getting him to a vet is a priority, but I'm a poor college student and my parents are too stubborn to convince and demand that he will be okay without treatment. I would take him if I honesty had the money on my own.

A couple of days ago, it seems he scratched his eye really bad and it was bleeding all over the place that day. Since then, the injury looks okay. It's scabbed over and he doesn't mess with it too much.

I've noticed that he's been sleeping a lot more lately, and he doesn't interact unless it's to preen his love or to eat/drink. He's usually on the floor of the cage, in a corner with his eyes closed.

I'm a nursing student but I can only do so much for a bird. I clean the injured area every couple of hours and check for signs of infection, but overall the sight looks like it's healing very well. My only guess is that he's become weak from the blood loss, but I had a previous budgie die (of unrelated causes) and my current budgie now matches some of his dying symptoms. He's not fluffed up, though. He eats and drinks when he wants to, I'd like to believe. I'm at a loss, though. I really don't want to lose him but I'm worrying over him sleeping so much.

Is it normal for him to sleep because he's injured? At this point, I'm so desperate not to lose him but I'm powerless and I hate that he has to suffer this alone :/

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Hello and welcome to the forums!

I'm sorry to hear your budgie is unwell You're doing a great job taking care of him. I would say he's stressed and weaker than usual, so I think you should give him some millet soaked in electrolyte to keep his strength up. Sugar-free children's Pedialyte works well or you can use a homemade recipe:
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Add the room temperature water and juice and let cool to room temperature before using.


Also, keep him warm and you can cover his cage a little bit. I think he should be fine in a few days if you continue to monitor his scratch and he's eating and drinking.

I understand completely that you don't currently have the means to pay expensive vet bills, but for future issues that could arise, I would suggest setting aside a "Vet Fund" you can put any spare cash in to ensure that your birds can get vet care they need

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I'm so sorry to hear your little budgie has been injured.
Are you rinsing his eye out with a sterile saline solution?

I agree with all the advice StarlingWings has provided for you.
Your budgie is conserving his energy for his body to heal which is why he is sitting quietly and sleeping more than usual. Hopefully with your TLC and a bit of the electrolyte soaked millet, he'll be feeling better in just a few days.

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I'm sorry if the pictures are too big but here is my little injured budgie, Jupiter. I had him inside so he was sleeping with his head tucked into the back of his wing. I just took him outside where it's a little warmer. He's starting to look fluffy and he has diarrhea.

I don't have any millet, should I just make the electrolyte solution in his water dish instead? All I currently have on hand is just their regular feed--the seeds. Not sure if I should soak that instead. I can purchase some millet tomorrow.

I don't exactly rinse his eye, but I do use normal saline. I use a clean cloth and dab the area around the eye. I don't want to make him too uncomfortable, he's not too tamed yet.
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May I ask you how he scratched his eye?
It looks really bad and I hope he does not lose the sight in that eye.

Your little guy definitely needs to be seen by an Avian Vet. The fact that his eye is severely injured, he is fluffy and has diarrhea mean he needs professional attention.

Many vets will work out a payment plan for you and perhaps your parents would be willing to help if you agree to doing some extra work around the house in return for their assistance.

You can either soak some the seed in the electrolyte solution for him or put some in the water dish.

Do your best to convince your parents your budgie needs help as soon as possible getting the proper treatment early makes a big difference with regard to how well he will recover.
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I don't know how he even managed to get the injury. All of my budgies get along really well, but when I went to put them in their bed-time cage, I saw he injured the eye. He had blood on his claws so I can only assume he accidentally injured himself.

It is a bad injury and although I do wish he wouldn't lose his sight, he probably will with the extent of that injury. He's actually a lot more active now that I put him outside. He was probably fluffed up because he was cold inside but he's no longer fluffy. I believe he has diarrhea because he's stressed. He's resting on a perch outside right now.

Payment options would be ideal for a bet but I have no source of income whatsoever right now. When school starts back, I'll have a bit of financial aid money but that won't be for a while and he needs attention now. I will continue trying to convince my parents.
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Do you have him in a separate hospital cage at this time?
It is important that you ensure he is kept warm especially since he's stressed and injured. You can place a heating pad on low heat under a portion of the cage but leave part of the cage off the pad so if he gets too warm he can move away from the heat source.
I'd suggest you cover the top and three sides of his cage to help him feel a bit safer and more secure.
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Yes, I have him in a spacious cage outside. I currently have him with a female budgie, who cares for him time from time. He gets anxious if he's by himself in a cage but my other two budgies are very loud and active and it probably disrupts him. I will have to take his friend out every once in a while because she prefers being indoors with the others.

Honestly, this entire experience is just crazy. I can't understand how this happened in the first place. I made the homemade electrolyte mix and soaked his seeds and also placed the water in their water dish. He took a couple of bites but didn't seem too fond of the flavor. I'm hoping he warms up to it.
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Sorry that your handsome littlle budgie has suffered such a nasty injury. My biggest concern would be infection. I know you can't afford a vet but perhaps you should call one and tell them of your financial situation, and see if there is anyway you can get an anti biotic, maybe send them a pic of the eye, anything is worth a try. I will pray for your little guy's recovery.
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