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Hello everyone, I witnessed what I believe was my budgie vomiting this evening. It was the boy budgie, in the morning he was regurgitating more than usual to feed his female budgie. Anyways, he was shaking his head sideways and small dry pieces of food would come flying out. I believe he was perfectly fine all day, maybe eating a bit less. Also directly after that happened he was itching his head a lot and grinding his beak on the perches. He appears to be okay, he is sleeping next to the female. Do you think this is just a one off thing, or could he be in danger? Also, the past couple of days have been very windy outside and since I can't control the heat in my apartment I'm afraid he could have gotten a cold or something.
I am extremely worried right now so please let me know if he'll be okay.
Please keep a close eye on him.
If you notice your male is fluffed up, lethargic or his poop is runny then you need to get him to separate him from the female and get him to an Avian Vet for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.
Avian Vets have special training to determine the cause of symptoms resulting from illness or trauma.
When you rely on unskilled individuals, you delay effective treatment. This can prolong suffering that may be avoidable.
The bird will often require a more intense, prolonged treatment with a poorer chance of full recover than it would have if you
seek prompt professional diagnosis and treatment at the first sign of illness.
Thank you for your quick replies. I also have a few other questions, I noticed a watery green substance on the bottom of the cage earlier today. It kind of seemed like water, do you think that would be runny poop? Also I do not have an extra cage to isolate him, so should I take them both to get checked out? I am afraid they get too stressed out as they are easily scared from minor things in their own home. Also I noticed a vet where I'm located does "in-house" visits, would that be a viable option rather than taking them over there as it is getting chilly here in Canada, and I don't want them to get sick in the seconds between the lobby and the car.
I have also noticed for the past couple of months small little black spots or flakes on the bottom of the cage and on the bottom of the food bowl, any idea of what that might be? I thought it was just them molting but it is still occurring.
Thank you both for your kind words I would really be devastated if anything were to happen to him.
Well, I've seen other cases of those little black flakes. It could be parts of the seeds they are eating, dead skin, or parts of the feathers. Either way it was never harmful in anyway and it's nothing to stress over. The green liquid, however, is probably a concern. Does it keep happening? Noticing anything different about their behavior? (sometimes budgies will try to pretend not to be sick so they don't seen vulnerable to predators.) Are they standing on lower perches than usual? If the green liquid keeps appearing then yes, I do think you should look into the vet. My best wishes to your budgie's health!
An in-house visit would definitely be better for your birds. It would keep them more at ease and comfortable, and that way you don't have to worry about taking them out into the cold. I think you should give them a call and get the soonest appt. Better safe than sorry when it comes to this type of thing. You're an awesome budgie parent for noticing the "off" behavior right away, and trying to find out a viable solution. Good for you. If the green liquid on the bottom of the cage is in fact poop, you will need to get an electrolyte to keep his energy up, like pedialyte, or another solution around your area. They have a great DIY electrolyte solution here on TB. I'll see if I can find it real quick for you. I am very sorry that your boy is going through this. Although it would be ideal to separate the two birds, since it isn't possible at the time, any treatment you get for him, may also be needed to treat you female. There are a lot of contagious nasties out there in the birdie world, and it is possible to get a flock treatment.
Anyway, let us know how your boy is, and keep us updated!!!
Thank you all for your advice and kind words. I saw the green watery substance once several months ago but the next day it was gone and never reappeared. I feel like he has been eating a bit less than usual today.
Would the in house visit be of equal effectiveness than taking them to the office?
Unfortunately there are no avian vets in my city, I googled avian vet and only regular vets that service dogs, cats, birds, and other small animals.
With regards to him eating something he shouldn't it is very possible, they like to hang out under the kitchen table but I always make sure there are no crumbs and such around. It is possible he might have taken a bite of a dead fly or ladybug as I sometimes find them lying around the area.