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Hello everyone! I'm new to this forum and I know that I should have probably taken the time to properly introduce myself first, but I'm facing an emergency with my budgie and am in dire need of advice.
My family bought a small American budgie from Petco last April (2015), whom we named Charlie. We didn't want him to be lonely, so we bought a larger English budgie, whom we named Georgie.
Both birdies were happy and healthy as can be, until something strange started happening about a two or three weeks ago: Charlie started making really strange clicking noises with his beak...not content grinding noises, and not the rhythmic clicking noises that accompany breathing when a budgie struggles for air. Rather, its like a rapid fire clicking that lasts only a few seconds. He started doing it more often as time went on, and now he does the same thing when eating, drinking water, or just sitting there. He also sneezes alot.
Georgie is just now starting to make a similar rapid clicking noise.
Now, added to all that, I noticed on Monday morning that Charlie's tail was bobbing more than usual. I became alarmed, so I started looking for an answer on different sites and forums, including this one. It's been four days now, his tail bobbing is getting more pronounced, he occasionally makes rhythmic clicking noises when breathing, so it looks like he is having difficulty breathing...and possible discomfort while eating and drinking too.
The weird part is that instead of becoming lethargic and sleeping alot, like sick budgies often do, he is actually restless. He won't fluff up, he appears to be sleeping with his eyes open, his pupils seems a bit shrunken (like he's overexcited).
He gets hot easily, even when its just barely warm and Georgie isn't even bothered by the air, he starts panting, clicking his beak and holding his wings out like he's hot.
He also has a lot of water mixed with his poop. And he has a lot of pin feathers growing out on his head and face.
Can't afford a vet visit, especially if tests are required. Could it be goiter? They've been eating a lot of kale daily (for vitamin A), and they do not have an iodine block. I want to order some liquid iodine supplements for the birds today, along with vermactin in case its airsac mites.
Sorry for the long post. Does anyone have any idea what could be happening with Charlie?
I'm very sorry that your Charlie is sick... In case you don't know rhythmic clicking noises when breathing isn't normal on a healthy budgie.
Usually those clicking noises you have described accompanied with the laboured breathing, pronounced tail bob and wet sneezes are a sign of a respiratory infection.
Given your Charlie's condition and the fact that Georgie is also staring to exhibit the same symptoms, you really need to have them both seen by an avian vet specialist, so that they are properly examined, diagnosed and have the correct treatment prescribed.
If you are low on finances, you can perhaps borrow some money from a close family member or friend. You can also work on a payment plan with the avian vet.
Sadly, this isn't something that will go away unattended or get treated with home remedies.
Both of your budgies need professional medical attention.
When taking home a new pet, whether it's a dog, a cat, a rodent or a bird, it's the owner's responsibility to ensure their pet has access to a vet when required and the funds should be there in order to cater this.
I'm wishing Charlie and Georgie a steady and full recovery.
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Hi and a big welcome to this forum where you will find everything you could want to know about budgies and great help and advice from experts.
Aluz has given you very good advice and I absolutely agree with her that you should take both your budgies to an avian vet for a professional diagnosis as soon as possible. Trying to guess what might be wrong might well delay the correct treatment and recovery of your budgies.
I do wish them better very soon and please do let us know how they get on.
Sorry your birds are not well. I agree with Aluz and it has also been my experience that a fluid build up in the abdominal area can cause some of the symptoms you describe. In any case your birds do need to be seen by an avian vet for a proper diagnosis and time is of the essence, as illness in birds can change rapidly.
Greetings I also agree with aluz on this as well.I hope somehow you ca n g2t the help you need for your budgie soon.sounds like it maybe ill.sending healing and comforting prayers for your budgie.
Blessings and keep us posted.
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It is critical both budgies be seen by an Avian Vet as they both are ill.
Avian Vets have special training to determine the cause of symptoms resulting from illness or trauma. This is important as "regular" vets will often overlook symptoms that are quickly obvious to an Avian Vet.
When you rely on anyone who has not had training in Avian diagnosis and care, you may be delaying 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 recovery than it would have if you seek prompt professional diagnosis and treatment at the first sign of illness.
Some Avian Vets will accept payment plans, otherwise you need to borrow the money to have them treated. Having a pet means the owner is responsible for the animals' health and well-being, which includes getting them professional medical help when necessary.
In the meantime, please put the birds' cage in the bathroom and run a hot shower to get the room moist and steamy. This will help open the airways a bit. You can also use a warm mist humidifier, a crock pot or a kettle outside the cage with a drop of pure eucalyptus essential oil added to it. Tent a sheet over the cage to keep the warm moist air contained.
Best wishes and please be sure to update us on their condition.
You've already been given the best possible advice for your two little ones and I'm sure that a visit to the avian vet will be able to confirm what illness they have as well as which treatment plan would be best for them.
Please let us know how things go with your birds! We're all hoping they have a full and steady recovery soon
In the meantime, be sure to read through the forums to ensure you're up to date on the very best of budgie care and practices--any questions you have afterwards are welcome
Best of luck!
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