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Hey everyone, this is my first post on the fourm and unfortunety, it's not a happy one. I already had a rescued bonded pair of budgies which are about 4 years old, and decided to upgrade their cage from the 18 X 18 one they came with. I took a look through Petland the other day and they had lots of tame budgies, one especially that I grew attached to. Yesterday I went back with plans of getting her and whichever male she likes because I figured introducing a pair to a pair would be an easier transition than a pair to one. Long story short, having failed to find any tame male, I ended up with a single bird by herself in the new flight cage, with the others within earshot so she'd be comfortable untill I found another. She seemed perfectly fine at the store, and as expected changed as soon a she came home, having never been kept in a cage before, away from her flock, new surroundings, etc. I concluded that it was just normal stress. It's only been a day, so maybe she just needs more time, but it seems like her condition is drastically worse than the pet store. Some of her symptoms seem more normal for a bird going through an environment change: not eating or drinking, staying near the bottom of the cage, low activity; but other things have me worried: labored breathing, clogged nostril, sneezing fits, and this morning she had a dropping stuck to her vent that I cleaned off with a cottonball. I tried towling her but failed to clean out that nostril. How do I clean it out? Should I be more concerned? Is this a vetworthy condition? or will a trip to the vet only stress her out more? I've linked videos of her breathing and one of her sneezing fits (they've happened about 3-4 times). Sorry if it's dark, I have the lights offf to hopefully help her adjust. The backround rubling is the filter of my fish tank. Budgie Breathing 1 - YouTubeBudgie Breathing 2 - YouTubeThanks in advance, any advice will be appreciated.
In the first video, the budgie does appear to be ill.
I strongly recommend you take her to an Avian Vet for the proper diagnosis and treatment plan.
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.
Having your budgie examined by an Avian Vet allows you to develop a good relationship with the vet in case your bird needs care for an injury or illness in the future. Additionally, it is always helpful for the vet to have a baseline for your bird to refer to should it need future treatment.
Until you get her to the vet tomorrow, to help with respiratory issues, you can put your budgie’s cage in the bathroom when you run hot water through the shower so the cage is in the hot steamy air -- that will help open the airways.
Another option is to tent the cage with a sheet and place a pot or kettle of boiling water under the sheet where your budgie is unable to touch it and allow the steam to accumulate that way. If you have pure eucalyptus oil, you can put one tiny drop into the water as that will also help to clear the airways so the budgie is better able to breathe.
Using a warm mist humidifier in the room with your budgies is a great way to help ease breathing problems.
You need to inform Petland she is ill and that the rest of the budgies she was in with are at risk.
Please take the time to read through the Site Guidelines, all of the How To Guides, the FAQs, the Budgie Articles and the stickies located at the top of each section of the forum.
Truly, the very BEST advice anyone can offer you is to take the time to read ALL of the stickies throughout the various Talk Budgie forums as well as the Budgie Articles we have posted.
These are great resources for Talk Budgie members and have a wealth of reliable information which will assist you to learn the best practices in caring for your budgies for their optimal health and well-being.
You've been given great advice. Your little girl does sound sick; despite not showing symptoms at the store, the stress of a new environment most likely weakened her defences and caused her to get sick.
I hope you're able to get her a checkup with the avian vet soon!
Meanwhile, be sure to read through the rest of the forum's many Budgie Articles and "stickies" (threads "stuck" to the top of each subform for easy reference) to ensure you're up to date on all the best practices for budgie care.
If you have any questions after reading through everything, be sure to ask!
Keep us posted on how your budgie is doing
and Princess Mallorn!
Thank you to Deb for her wonderful Faery magic
Thanks for the replies; they've been helpful.
My lil girl, I've now named her Shelby, has been doing a little better now. She has began moving around, eating and drinking, chirping to her soon-to-be cage mates, her nose unclogged on its own, and exercising her limited flying abilities with what few flight feathers have grown in. She still has occasional fits like the beginning of the first video; loud sneezing accompnied by what looks like a vomiting motion but nothing ever comes out. She then continues about her day like nothing happened. Any idea what this is?
unless you listen to the advice given, there's little point continuing to ask us what's wrong.
with budgie displaying symptoms of being sick, an avian vet is a *must*.
You risk not only her but the other birds if you don't seek some professional advice.
We can only tell you to take her to an avian vet and you must now act upon that.
Asking us what might be wrong when we state that we're not here to replace veterinary care is irresponsible on your part.