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Hi my girlfriend has a male budgie (butch) he's an old guy at nearly 9 but has always been a happy, talkative lovely, active bird.

He has developed a growth on his wing which she has been told by a aviary specialist could be a feather cyst, but due to his age, putting him to sleep for a biopsy is very dangerous. He can barely fly a couple of meters, but has no impact on his personality, eating or drinking habits.

Yesterday we came home to find his wing bleeding as if he had been biting it which has happened before but healed. I have attached photos of the state he was in.

Today he has deteriorated and is very unstable on his feet, very quiet and almost limping.

We are both very concerned and upset and cannot get to an specialist before the weekend.

I don't know what to expect from you guys but any advice, knowledge and assistance would be very much appreciated. I haven't been in butch's life very long but I have grown very fond of him and to my girlfriend he is everything.

His poo is also very clear today. If you need more information I will try my best to describe. Thanks in advance.
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Oh my, I'm very sorry for your girlfriend's budgie current condition.
Under these circumstances, and given the fact Butch is getting weaker, you really need to take him to the avian vet ASAP, this is an emergency situation and Butch may need to be hospitalized.
Has the wound stopped bleeding? If not, you can stop the bleeding by applying corn starch on the affected area.
Since Butch has lost a lot of blood, it's important to have some of his favourite food in hand, you can offer him millet spray and soak in it electrolyte solution. This will give a much needed boost to your budgie.
Below is a link with all the detailed info.
https://talkbudgies.com/your-budgies-...te-recipe.html

Once Butch's injury is no longer bleeding, you can carefully wash some of the blood off his feathers with water or sterile saline solution and you can disinfect the injury with Betadine.
Betadine also speeds up the healing on Butch's wound.

The fact that his poop is watery is perfectly normal, given the fact he has been under a lot of stress from the whole situation. You can cover his cage on 3 sides with a fleece blanket and leave the front part open. This will make Butch feel more comfortable and will keep him warmer.

I hope you will be able to take him to the vet very soon and I'm sending my best wishes for Butch's steady and full recovery.

And despite the circumstances, welcome to the forums.
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Firstly Butch needs to be taken to an avian vet as soon as possible, he has lost a large amount of blood, he will need an antibiotic injection and follow medication to be administered .He will also need pain management. He condition is very serious , the poor little man. Keep him extra warm and in a small hospital cage or travel cage. Give some Pedialyte via beak a couple of drops at a time.
I hope he is ok, I have added a graphic picture warning to your thred as some people get upset at these type of images.
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Hello and welcome to the forums, I'm so sorry to see what a state little Butch is in.

I agree with the advice given, and you can also put a towel or blanket at the bottom of the cage in case he's too weak to perch. I sincerely hope he gets better very soon, please keep us updated on his condition!

Please tell us how the vet visit goes when you're able to get him in, we're all hoping he feels better soon!
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Thank you all so much for your kind words and advice. She has managed to get time out of work tomorrow to go to the aviary specialist, he is really ill still today and can only think the worst right now

He have taken all advice and done everything we can to make butch comfortable until tomorrow.

I will update you all upon hearing what the specialist has to say.
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Hi, This is an ASAP situation! provide a sock full of dry seed that has been microwaved to help keep him warm and remove high perches. To prevent falls get some liquid calcium to add to drinking water with electrolyte and probiotics. Start a first aid kit with corn starch and electrolyte etc, See the Stickys on first aid kits here on TB. We like the Pet snuggle sold on amazon it is hard plastic with its own cover and you can buy replacement covers.Microwave for 5 min+- and it will keep budgie warm and comfy for about 8 hours. It is cordless and totally portable for trips in the car when it is cold. We give them as presents to our friends to warm cold toes or snuggle kitties and puppies and especially little budgies.We put the disc under the cage leaving an area that he can move off of the heat as he chooses. Throw a towel or light blanket over the top of the cage to cotain warmth especially at night. Budgies must eat to keep themselves warm. He more than likely chewed on the cyst or hit it. A vet needs to decide if this is a cyst or a malignent tumor. In the future at the first sign of a lump no matter how small, take the bird to the vet ASAP. We do wellness home checks every few months and make looking for lumps a priority. Praying for a good
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Thank you for the advice, we did take him to the vets as soon as we noticed the lump but they said he would have to go under to have tests of the lump taken and that the chance of recovery from being put to sleep at his age was highly risky of not waking up again Butch is my girlfriends whole world and the thought of her losing him is very upsetting. He's due in the vets today so fingers crossed we can get a positive outcome.

Thank you all again, we have done all we can to make him comfortable for now.
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Healing special thoughts are being sent to sweet Butch, he has managed to reach a tremendous age and shared a lovely bond by the sounds of things. You are doing a great job for your girlfriend ,I am sure you are attached to him just as much .
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It's good news from the vets he has an infection in his wing, we were given two options, a collar or cream, so we went with cream to try first as we know he will hate the collar.

I have to thank you all for your kind words and advice, everything helped to comfort butch. His heartbeat and breathing are absolutely fine and his spirits are high again. The blood loss was the cause of his weakness and we hope the cream helps his wing heal.

I shall get a photo of him all happy and cleaned up for you guys
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I'm glad Butch is feeling better and stronger too! I hope he will soon be cleared off the infection and his wing heals up well.
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