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Old 08-09-2016, 10:22 PM
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Unhappy Budgie's chest swollen... Help! Pictures!

I recently went on vacation for 2 weeks and left my little girl with a friend who also has a bird; a sun canary. But when I got her back today, I noticed Suki (her name) has developed a swollen chest, as you see in the picture attachments. Usually she is a skinny, healthy budgie, so it is odd to have that swollen area.

Her behavior is also strange; she seems more lethargic/tired than usual.

She has her flight feathers, but isn't flying as usual.

She normally does not like to be held or touched for very long, but now she doesn't want to 'escape' or fly away as normal.

And she keeps her feathers fluffed as if she was sick.

Weirdly enough, she is also eating and pooping normally and cleaning herself.

I don't know what could be the matter! If you have any info, please let me know! I am very, very worried

Edit: It is most likely that she ate oyster mineral grit without any other food. If that's the case, there's nothing we can do but wait. There's 50/50 chance. Please keep her in your prayers, I would be devastated if the worst happened... I need my baby girl...
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Old 08-09-2016, 10:44 PM
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Oh my I'm so very sorry your budgie is not well.I'm not sure what could be the problem,but you truly need to get her to a bird vet ASAP.I've seen this before in birds and it's a serious situation.I'm sending healing and comforting prayers for her recovery.I hope she will be alright.hopefully someone can assist better on this for you.

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Old 08-09-2016, 10:54 PM
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Thank you for the prayers and healing, I appreciate it
I will take her as soon as I am able!
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Old 08-10-2016, 01:57 AM
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I'm all about taking your bird to the avian vet just to be on the safe side. To me it looks like your bebe got fat while you were gone, my Lemon has a similar shape and the same description - eating and pooping normally but lethargic, can fly perfectly fine but doesn't want to bother. Again, take your Suki to the vet to double check, but that's my opinion.
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Old 08-10-2016, 07:22 AM
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Welcome to the forums,

If your Suki was more on the thin side, I doubt she would gain so much weight in a natural way in only 2 weeks' time.
Did she not have access to a seed/pellet mix on the cage?
If she mostly ate grit during these 2 weeks, then maybe her crop is impacted and your Suki needs urgent medical attention.
The fact that she is showing signs of lethargy further proves something is very wrong.

I truly hope you will be able to take Suki to an avian vet specialist asap and she feels better soon.
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Old 08-10-2016, 07:43 AM
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It does appear that Suki is suffering from a crop impaction from ingesting too much grit given what you wrote in your initial post.

I recommend you get her to an Avian Vet right away as this is definitely an emergency situation.

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"

Sending prayers, healing thoughts and positive energy for your little one to have a full and speedy recovery.

Please keep us updated on her condition.
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Oh boi!

Suki Suki Suki ... what did you get your little beak into? No grit

I would agree with other members here -- my first estimation is that it is a crop impaction or just a really full crop with lots of grit. I am honestly not sure if an avian vet can do much at this point, and if so, I have no idea what they would do or how they can remove it, which is why for Suki's sake, you really need to have her assessed at this point so she is not suffering. It's possible that the vet may have a few old school tricks up the sleeve to alleviate this type of crop impaction and get her back to a place where she will be less lethargic and eventually poop out the rest.

Oh budgie birdie...time to put that pooper into action.

I'm rootin' for ya, Suki.

Let us know how she's doing and get her in to see an avian vet as soon as you can.
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Old 08-10-2016, 10:15 AM
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I don't know how I thought she was under your friend's care for a month and not just two weeks, she's not just fat then! But yet again, this is why everyone is saying get thee to the vet! Let us know what the vet says
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I'm sorry... I missed seeing the part yesterday about Suki having access to the grit . That is definitely a possibility and one which needs to be checked out asap. I've deleted my post with other advice above. I hope you can find a way to get her to the avian vet. Good luck..
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Your posts were fine, Moira and Julie -- the new information was edited in recently so you would not have known.
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