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Old 02-18-2017, 05:25 PM
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Hey there--

I'm unsure if I'm being paranoid, because I did lose my baby boy, Frankie, last month over something that seemed like a long-winded mild illness, but I just need to make sure I do everything I can. I'm thinking the same sort of thing is happening to my boy, Mac.

Mac's always been a little quiet and to himself, but has been healthy since we got him. Over the last couple of months he's seemed to become even more lethargic, often stands on perches with drooped wings, etc. He naps much more than my other budgies and will often have his eyes closed with slightly drooped wings.

He got into the habit of vomiting full seeds-- violently heaving while off by himself in some corner of the room and shaking his head back and forth-- not too long ago. I asked my vet about it who passed it off as likely a mating thing, but didn't get him tested.

I've noticed him wretching again, and only occassionally vomiting a few whole seeds as a result, more frequently this last few weeks. On top of all this he has a bit of a tail flick, and his cere's started turning reddish brown, where it used to be a very pale blue.

I think he's only a little over a year old, as his cere was colourless when we first got him.

I have him quarantied in his own cage now, and have for the past four or so hours-- he has had spurts of manic activity (trying to call out to the other bird fervently, hopping around the cage from side to side, digging in his seed dish) his droppings have been mostly normal aside from the ocassional bit of runniness, but he also hasn't been very vocal or preening himself, nor has he ate or drank anything. When offered millet he'll only peck at it once and just sit and stare at it.

He's got an appointment for the vet this tuesday, but I was hoping for some advice as to what i can do to keep him comfortable in the mean time, or if there's any home remedies that might help to subside his condition, or anything of the like?

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Old 02-18-2017, 05:37 PM
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You can try giving your budgie some Guardian Angel or Pedialyte

There's a recipe to make some at home if you follow the link.

The only other thing I can think to suggest is to keep your budgie are comfortable as possible. Covering three sides of the cage up to keep him warm.

Did you find anything out about what happened to Frankie?
Did he go to an avian vet when he was ill and if so, what did they say?

I'm just worried that if Frankie was sick ad went to the vet and now Mac's sick, but they didn't seem to think it might be connected or warn you that Mac might get sick that your avian vet might not be the best.
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You can try giving your budgie some Guardian Angel or Pedialyte

There's a recipe to make some at home if you follow the link.

The only other thing I can think to suggest is to keep your budgie are comfortable as possible. Covering three sides of the cage up to keep him warm.

Did you find anything out about what happened to Frankie?
Did he go to an avian vet when he was ill and if so, what did they say?

I'm just worried that if Frankie was sick ad went to the vet and now Mac's sick, but they didn't seem to think it might be connected or warn you that Mac might get sick that your avian vet might not be the best.
Thank you so much for the quick response. <3

Mac's millet was soaked in some pedialyte solution, but i haven't been able to get him to calm down enough to eat it. He's not used to being in a cage or away from his clock, so i think he's really streesed right now.

We did take Frankie to the avian vet, where they did a few tests on him and could not find any anomalies-- his blood test came up negative for any disease or infection, and his white blood cell count was completely normal-- the vet put him on antibiotics and said if he didn't take to it it could likely be a case of a disease that wasn't too often seen in budgies and required a specific course of medication (i want to say it was gastric avian yeast but i can't really remember exactly).

We gave Frankie his full course of antibiotics that he responded quite well to, but then he suddenly got a weird case of squeaking a few months later and passed away suddenly hardly a few days after that started.

I've worried that perhaps our avian vet is not the best-- the only other local one i know of was even worse (five times the price, rude, and offered no help or advice other than we switch all our budgies to 'bird bread'), although the symptoms aren't completely the same. Frankie never vomitted and never had the type of energy that Mac did. So I don't know.


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Try giving him some egg food, cooked quinoa (rinse very well before cooking) and Harrison's high potency mash.

You can also make some unsweetened Chamomile tea, bring it to room temperature and give him that to drink instead of water.
It has calming properties and may help him to relax a wee bit.

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Hello how worrying for you. You can also try giving some probiotics I use Vetafarm PollyAid Plus, it is a powder. You can mix it up to a paste with boiled water and give him a small dose via a syringe.
To test for Avian Gastric Yeast they need to look at his droppings under a microscope , why don't you request it being done?
Good luck I hope things are better soon.
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Thanks for all the advice, guys!!

I'll defintely be asking the vet as many questions as I can, and i'll bring up the gastric yeast since she suspected in my my other poor budgie...

When we woke up this morning we noticed his droppings are all quite small and have lots of undigested seeds in it, which I know is a sure fire sign of illness. I just hope he'll be able to hold up until we get him into the vet on Tuesday...
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You've been given great advice! I'm sending lots of healing thoughts for you and your little budgie, I hope he pulls through until his appointment
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Thanks everyone. <333

He escaped his little isolation room yesterday while I was away, and my partner informed me he flew into a window and was stabbed on the noggin with a pin feather-- i came home yesterday and he had a bit of dried blood on his head, the poor guy...

We've been force feeding him tea (he won't drink from his water dish) and have been giving him plenty of soaked millet-- his appetite's been pretty okay, at least when he'd hand fed his treats. He's been super hyper active since yesterday, though, bouncing around his cage and calling out to the other birds hysterically and the like... Fingers crossed that he's pulling through today. Poor little guy.

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Poor little guy! Those pin feathers are so uncomfortable. Keep him warm and try to minimize stress! You could even put a heating pad under his cage, if you want.

Speaking of herbal remedies, here is a link that may be helpful: https://talkbudgies.com/articles-holi...-remedies.html
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We took Mac to the vet today (it was his first time) and the vet was in love with him, haha. We got a throat swab done and all that was found to be 'wrong' with him is a lot of mucus, and the tiniest bit of extra bacteria than average.

Basically she's under the impression that most of what he's going through is linked to him being in breeding mode, and then the stress of us seperating him from the flock. She told us to combat the bit of bacteria that may have been causing things to be out of whack, we introduce acidity into their water.

1/4 tsp of lemon juice or apple cider vinegar to 1/2 cup of water should hopefully help combat all of it... seems like he's going to be alright, I just hope he recovers fully, unlike poor Frankie did... Thanks for all the helpful advice, you guys, looks like he's gonna be okay!
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