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Old 07-19-2017, 10:36 PM
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I'm not entirely sure if it was vomit or something else.

I was sitting on my bed and Bud was on the curtain rod (which is his favorite place to sit and chirp) and Sam and Lemon were on top of the cage and I looked over at him and he suddenly just shook his head and white stuff (I think it was seeds from the pepper). I immediately panicked and caught him after he flew off and he had some feathers stuck in his left eye.

I just did the first thing I thought of and took him and splashed a little cool water on his face and his eye opened again and I just have him under a pet carrier top temporarily but I don't know why in the world he would suddenly spit up food. He's chirping fine but his feathers look bad because he was struggling a bit and my hand got wet and so did his feathers as a consequence.

I was giving them their usual out of the cage time and everything was fine. I've been giving them their normal food, I also have given them some bell peppers which I of course checked before I did to make sure it's okay to give them to budgies. Everything has been fine. He hasn't done anything since but I'm still worried. Is there any explanation for this?? Could it have somehow been because of the feathers getting into his eye?? And how on earth did that happen? I know they're molting but they weren't feathers that came out I don't think. My friend asked if he regurgitated. Could it be that? It looked like a seed from the pepper but he's been doing perfectly fine with that and so have the other two. If anyone has any idea please tell me because I'm really worried right now.

EDIT: I don't know if this helps but every time I bring him into my room to put him up (which I"m scared the other two might get sick too but I don't have anything but a pet carrier that's too small for a budgie apparently) he starts to throw up again and he did it a lot just now and it's the seed from his food and the pepper.I dont' know what happened but I'm actually scared to death right now. His feathers keep getting in his eyes and I just don't know what to do because he was fine then just suddenly threw up.


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Hi, I have 4 budgies and only one of them vomits from time to time (I'm sure he's vomiting because he is trying to get away from other birds, not feed them).
I was also scared when it happened because everyone told me it's a terrible sign when a bird vomits, but apart from that, he is perfectly fine. My vet told me it could be that he overeats just before flying. He's been doing it occasionally since I got him and now he's almost 4 years old. I wish I could figure out what is causing it but I still don't know, especially since all four of them are eating the same food, touching the same things etc. and others never vomit. So all I can tell you is that you keep an eye on him to make sure he doesn't have any other symptoms and try to figure out if maybe some food is causing it (I've seen some members here saying their budgies vomited after eating those budgie sticks for instance).
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He hasnt done anything since last night. Hes singing, pecking at his mirror toy, preening, eating a little, fluffed up (which he does while singing), but hes sleeping on both feet.

Im confused because he shook his head both up and down and side to side. Im still concerned about his eye.

I have a small feeling in my gut that maybe the bell pepper I gave them was part of it because today they havent touched it and they were going nuts for it before yesterday. I know compared to goldie hes eating, drinking, singing and moving. At least hes staying off the cage floor which would make me have a heart attack considering the situation.

Im still gonna see if anyone else can help out. But I'm definitely keeping an eye on him more than usual.
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Ashley,

You need to purchase a small cage to use as a hospital and quarantine cage.

Every member should have such as cage as part of their preparations in case their budgie ever becomes ill or injured.

Additionally, you should already have a Birdie First Aid kit set up.
You can find information about Birdie First Aid Kits as well as Basic First Aid information in the Budgie Articles and Stickies.

One of the items to keep on hand in the Birdie First Aid Kit is a Sterile Saline Solution (without preservatives) which people use in their eyes. This can be purchased as a local pharmacy.

If you are concerned there are still feather particles in your budgie's eye, then very gently rinse the eye with Sterile Saline rather than tap water.

If he's only vomited one time, then I'd suggest you simply keep an eye on him for now. If, however, he vomits again, then you should take him in to an Avian Vet for a check-up.

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.

I'm moving this thread to the "Follow-up" section of the forum.
Please update us on Bud's condition in this thread.
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Thanks, Deb. What could possibly cause him to get feathers in his eye? They didn't come out and they're still attached to him so I'm a little confused.

He hasn't done anything since last night which is at least a good thing I guess. He's just sitting with Bud right now. He just started chirping really loudly too which is an improvement from his almost complete silence plus he is eating.

Do you have any good suggestions for the saline solution? I'm also wondering if it could've been the pepper that caused him to vomit/regurgitate? I don't know why but I just have a small feeling that it had something to do with it. The other two haven't had a problem with it though.

But I'll try to find the solution. Thanks again.
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Look in the contact lens solutions section at the pharmacy and choose a Saline Solution rinse that does not contain preservatives.

Without seeing a picture of Bud's eye and the feathers you are referring to, it's impossible for me to make a guess as to how feathers have gotten into his eye.

The bell pepper may not have agreed with Bud. Again, anything said at this point would be pure speculation by anyone giving you an answer as to "why" he vomited.

I strongly recommend you get a small cage to use as a hospital/travel cage and set up a Birdie First Aid Kit if you have not already done so.
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Oh of course
I guess that would actually help. I also just realized that I worded it wrong. Lemon's the one who did it, not Bud. I meant to say Lemon was the one who did it. I didn't realize I did that.


The feathers above his eye were actually pointed down towards his eye last night. I don't know if you can see it here. Right now they're not though, but he's not even sitting still either.
I tried to get a better picture of his eye but he kept turning his head. I hope this helps:

It's that little feather that's kinda sticking up:
It was two feathers above his eye that were pointed down instead of up and they got in his eye and he had it closed. It was kinda like an eyelash that fell into his eye. Now that I actually think about it, it could've been the stuff getting on his eye when he shook his head sideways and causing his feathers to be weighed down. If I actually thought of it I would've took a picture when it happened but I was a little panicky at the time.
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The feathers do not sound like anything to be overly concerned about.

If necessary, wet the feathers with a Sterile Saline Solution and then simply smooth them back in the direction they should go.

Has all of the vomiting completely stopped?
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Yeah it has. He's back to his normal self actually. Running around with the other two, singing, flapping around, and playing. Hopefully it doesn't happen again, but if it does, I'm definitely calling the vet. He's actually eating right now (meanwhile Sam is chattering at him ). I think he's feeling better though.
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That's good to hear.
I'm going to go ahead and close this thread now.
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