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Our first budgie, Job is having an issue today, and we could really use some advice as there are no avian vets available until after the weekend and the closest "emergency" clinic is over 2 hours away and they don't specialize in birds.
Job is a bit of a runt, always has been, but she also has very bad and heavy molts. She is in the middle of a very bad one now, but this morning and all day she was extremely lethargic and not terribly interested in her food (the later is VERY rare for her). She spent most of the morning perched on me, sleeping and the rest of the day in her cage doing the same. Her posture is fine, breathing is fine, tail is not drooping, and her droppings look completely normal. So other than being seemingly exhausted for some reason and having what seems to be twice the amount of normal feathers during this molt, she has no other symptoms at all.
I guess the main question is; can a bad molt take that much out of them that a budgie would be that tired and lethargic?
The answer to your question is "Yes".
A really bad or "miserable molt" can indeed make a budgie extremely tired and lethargic.
I'd suggest you try giving her some millet soaked in Guardian Angel/Pedialyte to help keep her electrolytes in balance.
I agree taking Job to see the Avian Vet the beginning of next week is a smart move to ensure there are no other underlying problems.
I'm sending prayers and healing energy for your little Job and hope she will be feeling better soon!
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As FaeryBee has said the answer is yes. One of my birds is going through the same thing right now and I took her to the vet to make sure there was nothing else making her so tired and her appetite is also down a bit. Everything checked out ok and she is beginning to feel a bit stronger now, just takes time. Having the vet check your bird is best. Hope she feels better soon.
Thanks so much for the info and advice (and all the great reading). From the info I had found already I "suspected" that she was having a terrible molt (it's always been an issue for her, just never this bad) but as she is our first bird and has had other issues I was, and still am, especially worried about her. Last weekend we lost our daughter's dwarf hamster that we were all very attached to (she was at the maximum of their life span and suffering for it so we had her put to sleep) so you can imagine all the horrible places my mind was going seeing the state poor Job was in.
As an update, she is still very tired today, but eating and much more active and a bit back to her old self. Still does not have much energy, but we were very relieved just seeing her eating and not acting like mere movement was more than she could handle. We are going to make some electrolyte solution for her today and see if that helps her.
I'm sorry to hear that your little one is going through a miserable moult!! You've been given great advice to help her get through this. Please keep us posted on how things go!
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