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Old 11-14-2015, 06:08 AM
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I posted a few weeks ago about my budgie Oocho being in the hospital with mega bacteria. He came home two weeks ago tonight. I picked him up and he was crazy to get out of the box and was really energetic. When he got home his feet were cold and he got tired. The first couple of days were bad. He was puffy, lethargic, and his weight kept going down. I kept my living room and his cage warm. He slept and didn`t move out of his cage. Finally he started eating a little more. His normal weight was 31, he`s small. It went down to 26 and now is about 29-30. His droppings are normal. I had his poo poo checked last week and its ok now but I`m going to check again next week. He as first was eating millet and garden mix seed then only regular seed. The last couple of days he is energetic when I first open his cage but then gets tired and wants to sleep a lot during the day but at night seems very energetic.. (around 12AM or so) He also seems to eat more at night. The last couple of night he was eating greens, regular mix, and protein mix. So I felt a little better.

I`m still worried about his sleeping so much during the day. I`m going to continue his medicine for a few more days. It sounds like the side effects of the medicine may make him sleepy and not feel great. I`m encouraged by his droppings. They look normal. I`m wondering anyone`s budgie who recovered from megabacteria what kind of side effects and how long did it take to recover?

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Hello I am so happy to hear your budgie is feeling better and recovering.
I have a budgie who is a Mega bac Budgie, he is what they call a carrier, this means he has some of the horrible nasty bacteria present all the time in his system.
Mega bac budgies have to be watched very closely, the earlier you can treat it the better the chances.
Clean cage, clean water and food dishes, Probiotics are a must in my opinion for budgies that suffer from this. Recording the weight regularly.Keeping your bird slightly overweight if possible so he has a better chance.
The medication can affect budgies differently, make sure you finish the whole treatment even if he seems to be fine.
Over eating is one of the symptoms of this terrible condition, your budgie could be simply building up his strength or has now got a habit of eating all the time. I would not worry at present as he needs to get back his condition.
Any questions regarding this topic feel free to PM me if you wish , I do not have all the answers but I have a few tips.
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Hi, I am glad your little one is getting better. Mega Bac is a terrible problem
and hard to get rid of. Cathy has done a great Job With her little fella. She is an important example of how to Keep this illness at day. Watch your weather either hot and muggy or cold and damp in winter. Keep several important items all of the time in your first aid kit. Keep your bird warm, a cold bird will become sluggish and does not have energy to eat. Keep probiotics on soft food or in water. Alternate With ACV -apple cider vinegar, Use a sugar free electrolyte lie the one by avitech. Fungal organisms love simple carbs. Complex carbs and protein. Weight loss and abnormal droppings are the first signs. Fecal tests often miss the AGY as it is not always in the droppings. Be ready to pull out the first aid kit at any time. See the area on first aid kits and diet and and AGY here on TB. Periodic runs of Electrolyte to boost the immune system and encourage eating with millet spray soaked in electrolyte/probiotic drinking water. Cathy has the process down perfectly with her little one. More and more people
on TB are beating this illness. Congratulations, keep up the good work. Jo Ann
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You've been given great advice and I hope Oocho gets better soon

You're doing great treating him and I'm sure he will improve soon.
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His medicine for mega bacteria is finished and I`ve checked his poo poo twice and it`s been negative.( as well as my other budgie) The doctor says it should be safe after a month. It`s been three weeks now and his weight is stable between 29-30.. But he still gets tired easy and sleeps a lot. The thing I can`t figure our is, he doesn`t want to eat food I give him as much as before but he wants to eat my other birds regurgitated food all the time?? I tried giving him baby food in a syringe but he does`t seem to like it and sleeps after.
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Give him spray millet presoaked in electrolyte and probiotic/ also egg food with some seeds and regular food in it. Your budgie need a boost for his desire to eat. Keep him warm and avoid sugar which nourishes mega bac. Try mixing what he will eat with weight gain supplement. Blessings for his recovery.
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Follow JoAnn's advice, I did and my birds all ate well and were able to regain normal weight's and appetites. Milk thistle and dandelion root are good to use also after a bout with mega...
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When a budgie is fighting any disease or condition they use up a lot of their energy keeping themselves warm and trying their hardest to look normal. Keep your budgie warm this will help him. The weather conditions do make a difference. Feed him egg and biscuit mix, with AGY the digestive tract can become ulcerated and sore, swollen, they pretend to eat. Weigh him regularly and record it. Examine his poop regularly. Sleeping is one way of helping him to recover ,however it can be a sign of sickness as well.
Watch for him adjusting his crop, or opening and shutting his beak and rubbing constantly too.
When budgies have a bad case they lose interest in eating, the digestive tract stops functioning properly twice my budgie has had to be crop fed to get his desire to eat back. Offer your budgie anything he loves to eat normally. Probiotics are a great tool as well I hope he is well and continues to recover .
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