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Follow-up Center Threads 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.

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Old 09-07-2018, 11:56 AM
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Hi All. One of my budgies suddenly became very ill last night. He vomited approx 10 times, was listless and puffed up. We brought him to the animal hospital immediately and they agreed he is ill. The said his crop is full of mucus. They did xrays to check for a blockage. They said they couldn't see any blockages but his stomach looked lighter on the imaging than they were expecting to see. They weren't sure why but were going to confer with other avian vets today. They said other than that our only option is to treat him for infection. They gave him fluids and started him on antibiotics. He's at home now. He's eating and drinking regularly and isn't puffed anymore. Hopping around the cage. I am a new owner, so learning as I go. I have noticed recently that his poop isn't like our other budgies poop. It's lighter coloured and runny.
This morning i noticed that his droppings appeared to have more solids in them. In hindsight I think the pet store sold him to us sick. They also had him on a seed diet of hagen budgie mix. I have tried to switch him to a healthier mix of food but he would rather starve than eat it. I offer him a wide variety of fruit and vegetables but he will only eat apples, kale and lettuce. If anyone could offer any advice I would be grateful.

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Old 09-07-2018, 01:49 PM
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Glad you joined us! It’s great that you took your little one to your avian vet right away . Good news that the treatment seems to be helping.

The best thing we can suggest here is to start by reading through all the Stickies provided. This will help you become familiar with the forum, and give you answers to questions you may have. There is a lot of great advice on feeding in the diet and nutrition section. The kale he’s eating has lots of nutrition. It’s one of the “super foods”.

Best wishes for your budgies quick recovery . What’s his name?
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Old 09-07-2018, 09:03 PM
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I'm glad you took your budgie to an Avian Vet right away. Sending lots of positive thoughts and healing energy for a full and speedy recovery.

It can take several weeks (or even months) for budgies to decide to try a new food.
Fruit is high in sugar content so vegetables are actually healthier for your budgies with fruits given only occasionally (once or twice a week)

Healthy Diet for your Budgies

Please take the time to read the Budgie Articles and the Stickies posted at the top of each section of the forum.
Most basic questions have been answered there.

You will find many different tips with regard to presenting vegetables and encouraging your budgies to try new foods in the Diet and Nutrition section of the forum.
The first vegetable which my budgies that had not been weaned to vegetables tried (and loved) was sweet corn kernels sprinkled with a teeny bit of garlic powder (NOT salt).

Budgies seem to love "spicy" tastes.
They also adored fresh basil, cilantro, dill, chickweed, zucchini and red pepper.

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Using Apple Cider Vinegar (with the mother)
as a natural pro-biotic is very beneficial to your budgies:

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When I introduced pellets to my budgie, my Avian Vet recommended using Harrison's High Potency Mash and sprinkling it on the budgie's seed mix every day. This way, when the budgie hulls the seed it tastes the pellet mash and ingests bits of it as well. This helps the budgie identify the taste as a food source.

Many members seem to find the easiest pellets to use for introducing pellets to their budgies to be the CANARY sized Zupreem fruity pellets. Most budgies like the taste and the "Canary" sized pellets are tiny enough for them to easily eat them. Once they've become accustomed to the Fruity Pellets, introducing the smallest "natural" pellets is then an easy step.

Other than when I was using the Harrison's mash, I've never mixed my birds' pellets and seed together. My birds have three separate dishes each with a different brand/flavor of pellets available to them 24/7. Their seed is rationed to approximately 2 teaspoons of seed per budgie each day. I give them seed first thing in the morning right after putting clean newspapers on the bottom grate of the cages. I sprinkle their morning ration on the paper so they can forage for the seeds. I then do the same thing in the evenings (after replacing the soiled newspaper with clean) and again allow them to forage for their seed.

All of my birds have the option to eat the available pellets whenever they like throughout the day and they all enjoy them!

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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.

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Hi there and to the forums!

It's great to hear you were able to take your sweet little one to a vet right away.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed for a quick recovery!

You've been given great advice and resources above! Be sure to read through everything, and if you have any questions after doing so, please be sure to ask as we'd love to help!

We hope to see you and your little budgie around here

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