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Alright so last night at about 1 in the morning I was going to get a glass of water and I noticed something big and red was sticking out of my budgie's behind. The budgie was also breathing very hard and looked quite puffed up. After looking online I found out that it was egg bound, and that me and my mom would have to get the egg out or else it would die. So my mom ending up picking up the budgie and gently massaged the egg out (it took about 15-20 minutes). We closed the windows in the room to make sure it got warm since the budgie has to stay warm. We can't afford to go to a vet no matter what or else we really would. For the night my budgie looked like it was in pain and sat still and was breathing hard (was also puffed up a bit). Now today, my budgie actually looks a lot better than it did last night. It's not puffy anymore, it's not breathing hard and it's back to climbing around it's cage, eating, and pretty much looks like back to usual. Although there are some things i'm definitely concerned about. The one thing that doesn't look usual is it's tail is still bobbing a bit like it was last night, also it pooped a couple times and it came out stringy but besides that everything looks fine. Also, there's quite a lot of fur/feathers missing from what used to cover it's bottom. Like I said we cant go to the vet. What should we do now? We're keeping it warm, giving it a good amount of food. How long does it take for the feathers/fur to grow back to where it's missing, since it's kinda exposed and somewhat wounded from getting the egg out. All help is appreciated, i'll answer any question. Thank you.
Last edited by RavensGryf; 05-21-2018 at 12:37 PM.
Reason: More appropriate language
I know you said you can't take it to the vet, but you really need to. When you bring an animal into your home it is important that you are prepared to pay for veterinary expenses that will inevitably arise. If you cannot, then it may be in the birds best interest to rehome it to someone who can.
Is there someone you can borrow money from? Your budgie should be checked out by an avian vet.
This does sound like a prolapse and as Katherine said this needs to be addressed by an avian vet. If the oviduct has moved back into the cloaca (opening) that's good and by keeping her quiet she could heal but still should be seen by an avian vet if a at all possible.
I agree with all the above.
Whether or not you visit the vet, you should also follow the advice in this link straight away in order to help stop any more egg laying (you may not be so lucky next time): https://www.talkbudgies.com/budgie-br...want-eggs.html
Rearrange her cage and remove anything that may look like a potential nest.
Throw away the egg (& any future eggs laid).
Reduce the protein in her diet (no eggs, more veg).
Reduce her daylight hours to only 8 by covering the cage.
You’ve been given good advice. Online forums are never meant to be a replacement for vet care. It’s always a good practice to save some money aside for vet visits, even if a small amount at a time, any time you have an animal in your care. A budgie needs to be seen by an avian vet. Your particular issue may be common enough that in this instance a ‘regular’ vet who knows a bit about birds is better than going nowhere. Many vets can consult with an avian vet if needed. Make some phone calls. Some take Care Credit, or maybe another similar card out there for for emergencies where you can make payments to the card.
That’s good to hear your budgie is back to acting normal and eating. You’re very fortunate to have gotten the egg out successfully. Now that she has an open wound, she is susceptible to infection. Clean the cage and all surfaces thoroughly and daily, so that there is no poop or debris where she might touch on her body. Keep your budgie comfortable and free from stress. You can cover the cage on a couple or 3 sides to help her feel secure and keep drafts out. Please read the “When We Don’t Want Eggs” link right above from Julia (JRS).
I agree with everything everyone has said. I know it's scary, especially when a vet is not in the budget, but some might be willing to work out payment plans. Please keep us updated and I hope all works out well!
You've been given great advice. I'm glad that you got the egg out but she is at risk for infection and really does need to see a vet or else she could get even sicker or even die.
We all understand how hard it is to afford a vet sometimes
I hope you're able to get your little girl to the vet. Please keep us updated on how she's doing!
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