Follow-up CenterThreads made in the Emergency Room forum will be moved here by staff as a way to follow-up with members after their budgie emergency.
This keeps the E.R. for only the most current emergencies.
The chick needs to be seen by an Avian Vet immediately.
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.
You haven't given any indication of your experience level or why you felt it was important to pull a chick that young.
This forum promotes best practices in the care of budgies for their optimal health and well-being.
Co-parenting chicks rather than pulling them at a young age is much better for both the chicks' physical and mental well-being.
Before breeding any species, it is important to learn as much about the animals, their personalities and the best practices to follow for responsible and ethical breeding prior to making the commitment to take on the responsibility. This requires extensive research and an openness to continual learning.
Don't know how long you were feeding the formula but to me it looks as if during each feeding, the semi-liquid handfeeding formula became spread all over his body and dried. The feathers can't grow out properly and he's probably been losing body temperature with feathers in this condition. In hand feeding it's important to have the correct technique that the food goes in the mouth and shouldn't be left anywhere on the rest of his body. He's probably losing body temp with feathers in this condition. I'd get him to an avian vet quickly and if he's cleaned, he might be able to be saved. For budgies, parent raised birds
typically tame and bond just as easily as hand-raised babies.