My 12 year old son has a 4 year old green budgie named Dragon. Friday I found her huddled in the bottom of her cage, fluffed up, movements clumsy, and not acting well. I took her to the vet, who said she doesn't have symptoms of an infection, but believes she may have a chronic disease that she has been able to hide well. Shes a little underweight, and he didn't like how her sternum protruded when he examined her. He gave her a vitamin K (?) shot, and recommended to keep a heat source near/in the cage, food/water of course, and hope for the best but prepare for the worst. We placed a soft towel in the bottom of the cage along with a warm water bag, and a 65 watt dim coat (bug) light hanging on her cage, and covered the cage with towels. We offered millet spray and a honey stick to help boost her appetite. She ate up the millet spray, but has shown no interest in the honey stick. By Friday evening she was doing considerably better. She was back up on her perch and made her way next to the light bulb. She didn't look nearly as fluffed. She stayed on her perch yesterday and kept near the bulb. We positioned some millet spray next to her and she's eaten most of it.
This morning she was back in the bottom of the cage, moving around clumsily again, fluffed up. We heated the water bottle and put her next to it, and covered her partially with the towel. She ate a little millet spray, but isn't doing well. I don't know whether shes had anything to drink this morning. We changed out her water and have it and the millet spray next to her. Should we add anything to her water? I bought some vitamin drops and we added the recommended amount per oz. I was reading somewhere that adding honey or gatorade might help, with frequent changing?
What else can we do? Has anyone had a similar condition with their bird, and have you been able to nurse them back to health? Do we force fluids with a dropper, or will that be too stressful for her condition?
My son is so distraught. I really don't want him to lose her
TIA for any advice/suggestions