Follow-up CenterThreads made in the Emergency Room forum will be moved here by staff as a way to follow-up with members after their budgie emergency.
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my oldest girl has just begun to act a little strange, within the past couple hours. she's doing the 'heart wings' pose fairly often, and seems to be huffing as she breathes- but otherwise, she seems healthy? she's been acting fine, otherwise! at first i thought maybe she was overheating, because it is summer afterall, so i set the fan in here on rotate- but on closer inspection, i heard her soft huffing sound. she almost looks like she;s hiccuping softly? poops seem normal as well, i should say. she's alert and bright eyed, no discharge from her nose or beak.
i'm thinking she might have some millet seed in her throat, because she was literally just given some earlier today, and i can't think of anything else.... the only other things could be one of the rooms in the house was painted today, and there was some airfreshener used in another room some hours ago but i am super careful about keeping any fumes in the house away from my birds, and i didn't think either of those really fit her 'huffing' symptoms... but that's me?
what can i do to help her? out where i am there are no avian vets that i can get to, and my usual vet doesn't see birds as they're seen as 'exotic'. she's never been very comfortable with me, so i don't want to scare her more by taking her out and inspecting her closer in my hand. it's getting late on my end, and even if i could try calling someone, everywhere is likely closed now...
edit: every once in a while she's kind of opening her beak and fiddling with her tongue??
Try placing a shallow dish with some water into the cage to see if she will take a drink.
You can also put the cage in the bathroom and run hot water through the shower to get the air moist and steamy, If she has a seed or seed hull caught, the moist air may help to loosen it so she can either get it out or swallow it properly.
You can offer her some electrolyte solution as well, that may encourage her to drink more.
The recipe is in the link I gave you in the previous post.
Has she taken a drink yet?
Edit to Add:
She may have a respiratory or crop infection and it really would be best for you to make an appointment with an Avian Vet.
You may have to travel a ways to get to one, but getting the proper diagnosis and treatment plan will be well worth it. https://lafeber.com/pet-birds/find-an-avian-vet/
hello, so it's been a few hours and i don't see much change.. maybe she looks a bit better? her wings aren't up and heart shaped like they were, but i still can't shake the feeling that she looks uncomfortable, she's still making that soft huffing sound, and i notice the feathers around her neck are ruffled, like she's been scratching at them or something, i'm not sure...
if she is sick, should i separate her from her cage mate? or is there little point in doing that at this point? her friend isn't showing any signs anything is wrong with her, but... i'm still so worried. if she doesn't look up by tomorrow i'm calling a vet that i found with your search tool.
Hello, Budgies actually mask illness very well it is a natural instinct for them to do this. If I were you I would be making the appointment as soon as possible. Budgies need to eat regularly as they have a fast metabolism, is she eating at all? Fluffing up also is a sign of sickness , The best thing right now would be the avian vet as soon as possible. Hope you can get her in .
it's weird, her whole body isn't poofy, just the feathers around her neck- and they're not quite poofy, more like disheveled? i wasn't in here for the past couple hours, i wanted to leave her alone with the light off so she could relax a little.
she's standing with her legs far apart, too... like she can't quite relax. that's the feeling i get from her, that she's uncomfortable.
Under the circumstances, I really believe it is important you get her to an Avian Vet as quickly as possible. When you call, tell them it is an emergency situation and I'm sure they will work to fit you in their schedule.
I'm sending lots of healing energy and positive thoughts for your little one and will be looking for your next update.
ok, she is going to the vet tomorrow morning (that is the earliest they could get her in.) they aren't an aviary vet, but both the ones i spoke to have experience with birds/budgies, and they did come up on that search engine reccomended to me above (i made sure to ask them a lot of questions)
in the meantime, is there anything i can do to make sure she's more comfortable..? i've been refilling the water a lot to keep it cool and hopefully inviting, and keeping the room kind of dim