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Old 06-15-2017, 10:34 AM
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Hello, sorry if this is in the wrong place I am new here.Our budgie Dave is about 3 yeat old. Since January his behavior changed. When we got him he was very chatty and liked dancing to lots of music.But since January he has not chirped much. But he still played with all of his toys. Then in the last three months he has been sitting on the floor of his cage alot and has not been touching the fruit he used to love when we put it in his cage. About a week ago he started sicking up seed but started chipping a bit more and slightly more active. In the last week he kept bringin up seed. It was green in color but some of the bits of seed are green in colour. He also stated eating more of the cage floor,nit sure if it is gravel he is eating or seed he has kicked out of his pot. However today he seemed ok. Not chipping too much but more active then normal. A few minutes ago I noticed that he was being sick again and that what was coming out was white foam. He was rapidley moving about his cage floor and then stoped. After a while he went and sat at the peach at the top of his cage inffont of his mirror. We took him outside to sit in the sun this morning incase it was a vitamin d issue,we made sure that he had shade in his cage that he could sit in if he got too hot or didn't want to be out there, but he sat in the sun. Please help! I have done all the googling I can do but nothing seems to be right. Thanks in advancex for your help. Sorry for any tyoung error's am in a rush and can't find my glases.

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Hi there and to Talk Budgies!

I'm sorry to hear that your budgie is ill. If he has been throwing up seeds and white foam, it is imperative you get him to an avian vet right away. From the moment he began vomiting seeds and green liquid, you should have taken him in. Most likely he has a long-term illness like megabacteria or AGY (avian gastric yeast), so please be sure to tell the vet to test for all possible illnesses.

Since he's stopped moving much, the likelihood is that the illness has progressed so far that he is no longer able to hide it; budgies tend to hide things as long as possible when they are ill as this would help them stay safe from predators in the wild.

Again, please, please take him in to the avian vet as soon as possible. This is not an illness you can cure at home, unfortunately.

Also, you should remove the gravel/gravel paper from his cage. Budgies do not need grit or gravel, and sandpaper can hurt their feet as will as seriously cause harm if ingested. You can line his cage with newspaper instead

Meanwhile, be sure to look through the forum's many Budgie Articles and "stickies" (threads "stuck" to the top of each subform for easy reference) to stay up to date on all the best practices for caring for budgies. If you have any questions after reading through anything, be sure to ask as we'd love to help.

I truly hope that your budgie is able to recover; please keep us posted in this thread on his condition.


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Hi! to Talk Budgies

I'm very sorry to hear your little budgie Dave is so ill.
As soon as Dave began sitting on the bottom of his cage and his behavior changed, you should have immediately taken him to an Avian Vet for the proper diagnosis and treatment plan. Budgies hide illnesses and by the time they "appear" sick they are usually very ill.
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.

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Please remove any gravel or "gravel/sand" type paper from the cage. Ingestion of it can cause crop impaction in budgies.


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