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Follow-up Center Threads made in the Emergency Room forum will be moved here by staff as a way to follow-up with members after their budgie emergency. This keeps the E.R. for only the most current emergencies.

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Hello, everyone!

I'm posting today because of my budgie, Lilah, who had a weird "fit."

I'm having trouble finding words to describe it, but she was sitting on my arm and suddenly hopped/fell off. Her wings were away from her sides and she kept turning back with her beak as if she was trying to get at something underneath her wings. Then she screeched and flew to the top of her cage and frantically groomed herself.

The best way I can describe it is that it sort of looked like what a person would do if a tick was biting them somewhere and they were freaking out trying to find it.

She looked fine after that but promptly repeated the process within 5 minutes. She hasn't done it since, but I am still concerned.

Something I thought I should mention is that she is currently in the process of molting, but she has molted before and this has never happened.

Thank you!
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Hi Claire and to the forums!

Did Lilah seem disoriented in any way, or was her balance off at all? How was her perching? If she really did have a fit, seizure or mild stroke, that would be a way to tell. Also, if she is now fluffed up and seemingly out of energy or lethargic, that is another indication. If she is acting perfectly normal and hasn't done it again, just monitor her carefully to ensure nothing changes.

If at any point there is any doubt of her condition, be sure to take her to an avian vet right away so that the problem can be diagnosed. If it does turn out to be a neurological problem, it's best those are treated right away.

Please be sure to update us on her condition and I'm wishing the very best for your girl
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She seemed perfectly fine before and seems perfectly fine now. I don't feel like it was a stroke of any sort. Could she have some sort of mites or something that was bothering her?
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Usually, budgies don't react like that to mites, it would be just like a constant itching. However, if she seems to be repeatedly acting out of frustration or irritation, it could definitely be an issue. Is there any crustiness on her cere, legs, or around her eyes? That could indicate a mite infestation.

Also, moulting budgies routinely feel discomfort as the new feathers come enclosed in keratin sheaths that are very itchy as they come up through the skin. She could be reacting to this, as well. You can try offering her a shallow pan of water to bathe in or mist her lightly (aim the spray above the cage so it falls on her like rain) to help alleviate some of the sensation, if she likes that.

During her moult, you can also supplement her diet with some egg, either hard boiled and mashed or scrambled, and flax seeds, as both have added healthy fats and protein to help along the process of new feathers.

If she still seems just fine in a few hours it was most likely an exclamation of her discontent with one of these two situations All moults vary in degrees of severity so if she hasn't done this before now it could be that this one is particularly rough for her.

Since there is no longer any sense of urgency, I've moved this thread to the Follow-up section now
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Thank you so much!

There is no crustiness of the sort.

She does get baths weekly, and since she is molting, currently she gets them every three days. She does get hard boiled and mashed eggs with her veggies.

Listening to you now, it just being a rough molt seems probable.

I guess she made me worry and overreact for nothing!!
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I'm glad that everything seems fine now

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Now that we are sure Lilah seems to be fine, I'd like to say:

Hi Claire and to Talk Budgies!

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