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Old 07-31-2016, 04:27 PM
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Joey was completely fine this morning until around 2pm when he was in his cage and I noticed him eating something which he didn't seem to like and spat it out. A few hours later, he was outside his cage near me, and started 'regurgitating' his seeds and then flicking his head and spitting seeds everywhere. There was some sticky stuff so I guessed that he had vomited. He has done this around 2 times in the past 3 hours and is sitting in his cage, very sleepy and fluffed up.

I am worried but this was exactly the same symptoms that he had around last year, and when I took him to the vets they said they didn't know what was wrong with him. I took him home and after around 2 days he was completely fine again. Do you think that he just ate something that didn't agree with him? His poo seems okay, maybe a little lighter than usual, and he doesn't want any water even though I have been encouraging him.
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Old 07-31-2016, 04:46 PM
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I'm sorry your Joey is feeling under the weather.

Given the fact you saw him eating something that he spat it out and later on he started vomiting, it would be good if you knew which food item he ate that made him have that reaction, which could have later on contributed to the vomiting.
For now you can cover your Joey's cage on 3 sides for extra warmth and if you have spray millet, you can soak it in electrolyte solution as this will give Joey a good boost: https://talkbudgies.com/your-budgies-...te-recipe.html

Since this wasn't the first time your Joey has vomited and if there are more vomiting episodes, it would really be best to have him seen by an avian vet specialist, so that he is properly examined, diagnosed and prescribed with the most adequate treatment.

I'm wishing your Joey a steady and full recovery.
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Hi sweetie first thing is on his own? If you have other birds you need to keep Joey separate just in case.

There is a chance he could be regurgitating food, do you have a mirror if he is on his own? Usually there is no sticky substance with this ( I think there's a stickie about this ).

Ideally you need to get to a vet now. Time with birds is of the esscance. In the mean time keep warm, calm and try to get a drop of apple cider vinegar in some water and Joey to take a sip.

Hope all is ok xx
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If Joey is spitting up whole seeds, that is vomiting, not regurgitating and that is cause for concern.

https://talkbudgies.com/your-budgies-...-vomiting.html

When you took him to the vet last year, did you take him to an Avian Vet or a "regular" vet?

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.

Distinction between an Avian Vet and a Vet that "Will See Birds"

Please use the electrolyte solution aluz recommended and contact your Avian Vet for an appointment.

I'm wishing little Joey all the best and hope he will have a full and speedy recovery.
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From the description, there's no room for doubt that this was a bout of vomiting.
Budgies don't shoot out seeds left and right when regurgitating. Regurgitation is a controlled action while vomiting is not. Regurgitated seeds are clumped together by saliva and are directed at a mate or object of affection. When vomiting, the seeds are scattered and loose.
The fact that there was fluid on the feathers further proves it was vomiting.
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Thank you all for help, I have made the electrolyte solution up and have soaked the millet in it, but Joey doesn't seem to want to eat it because it's all wet, so I'm going to wait for it to dry. Would he still benefit from the solution once it's dry? He won't drink it straight. He hasn't vomited since a few hours ago but he is still sleeping in his cage, which I have half-covered with his blanket.
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Yes, even dry it will still be effective. I hope Joey feels better soon, so that he is able to at least eat a bit.
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Hi there,

How is Joey doing now? I hope he perked up a little bit and was able to get some of his appetite back
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Please take him to a vet that specializes in birds. I lost a bird when he was vomiting that I mistook for regurgitation, as he had a crop infection. I hope that's not the case with Joey, but hearing about birds vomiting makes me scared
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