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Yes indeed. I have two budgies and it seems for the last month or so, the bottom of the cage is as though one poured a cup of water underneath of them.
After changing the covering (paper) it's only a matter of an hour or so, and I see at least one of them is flushing its kidneys at an enormous rate. Otherwise, the birds seem to be in tip top shape, showing no signs of illness.
We did put a cup of Javex in the well water a month and a half ago, so not sure if this has anything to do with it. It does seem though, that's when we noticed the tremendous wetness under their perch.
Please advise as to what this might be and what we should do.
You need to get your budgie to an Avian Vet immediately. Waiting a month or so when there is a problem is not a wise decision. Generally by the time a budgie exhibits symptoms of illness it is quite sick.
Avian Vets have special training to determine the cause of symptoms resulting from illness or trauma.
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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.
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Thanks for the reply. Unfortunately for Shake & Bake, we're over 200 miles or further away from the nearest Avian Vet. I'm not sure what else to do but will look through the info you have posted up here.
Again, thank you so much for your response.
(I should add this. There is a lot of water under the birds apparently from flushing the kidneys but there is a lot of white on the wires of the cage and also that squirts out onto the floor)
I'm sorry to hear that your budgie is so ill. It's definitely concerning that they haven't been able to see an avian vet; this is definitely not normal and points to a larger underlying problem. If you don't mind my asking, where are you located? We may be able to help you look for an avian vet closer than 200 miles. Additionally, vets which treat "exotics" may also be an option.
Unfortunately we can't diagnose or offer advice on how to treat your bird. It's important that you find a way to get him the treatment he needs!
Meanwhile, you've come to a great place to learn even more about the best of budgie care practices! Please be sure to read through the stickies and links provided above by FaeryBee. If you have any questions after doing so, please be sure to ask as we'd love to help!
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Yeeeeeeeowwww Starlingwings! Thank you for the warm welcome. I dasn't (not doesn't) give my location, for the last time I took that course, I was laced with lethal viruses and though I kind of enjoy them, I really don't have the time to deal with them at present!
But I do know the area and there is no Avian Vet around these parts, although we do have vets. I could drop in there to see what they would suggest. Do you think that to be wise?
I have never seen this much urination before & I have had birds for 50 plus years. I mean, the bottom of the cage under one of those little tykes is soaked. I'd say it would cover a 6 inch circle. I'm amazed these little things can put out that much water.
It's strange because they're active as a live transformer. They're chirpy and bouncing around all the time but I know there's something awol.
Sometimes a non avian vet will be willing to consult with an avian vet to treat, I would look into that. You said you put Javex in the well water, I did not know what Javex is so I googled it, it appears to be bleach, that is not something that birds should be ingesting and depending on how concentrated the solution was it may have caused an internal problem. Switch their water to bottled water.
I'll take your advice. As to the Javex, it's usually something one can do to disinfect the well water. A near cup into about 4 foot of water at the time. We did that a couple years ago and no adverse affects on the birds. But I agree now after seeing this and we'll use only bottled water instead. Thanks for the reply.
O alas, but Bake has passed on. I though it to be Shake who was passing so much water but hopefully I'm wrong. I did notice a metal bell on the bottom of a string of four mirrors and it was somewhat pitted. It's possible from what I'm gathering, metal can cause serious problems also. I had not noticed that before. Anyway, I'm hoping the other little tyke is going to be ok.