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Old 08-17-2019, 09:10 AM
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My mum's had her budgie since March this year, he was around 3months old when she got him. We discovered a few months back he had scaly mites which we treated him with scaly lotion for and it cleared up, his beak seems very long and to a point tho? Also he's struggling to stand on his left leg, if he does get up on a perch he falls off within a short amount of time and is constantly on the bottom of the cage. He seems to be struggling with breathing too? We have no avain vet nearby. He isn't eating much either. Can we syringe feed him? If so what do we mix up for the food? We are in the UK. Please help
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Old 08-17-2019, 09:16 AM
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I'm very sorry to hear your Mum's budgie is not doing well.

You are going to need to find an Exotic Pet Veterinarian that is used to dealing with small birds.
The members of forums are not veterinarians and cannot give you diagnosis and treatment plans.

In the meantime, keep him warm and give him Guardian Angel.

Guardian Angel/Pedialyte/Pedialyte Recipe

You can try syringe feeding him.

To help with respiratory issues, you can put your budgie’s cage in the bathroom when you run hot water through the shower so the cage is in the hot steamy air -- that will help open the airways.

Another option is to tent the cage with a sheet and place a pot or kettle of boiling water under the sheet where your budgie is unable to touch it and allow the steam to accumulate that way. If you have pure eucalyptus oil, you can put one tiny drop into the water as that will also help to clear the airways so the budgie is better able to breathe.

Using a warm mist humidifier in the room with your budgies is a great way to help ease breathing problems.

This link gives information on First Aid:

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Thank you
Fingers crossed little Billy makes it
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Lots of prayers coming for little Billy.

I did add more information into the post below regarding helping with the respiratory issues until you can get him to the vet.
Additionally, trying to feed him by syringe is fine. Give him egg if he'll eat it. The protein will help.
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Are there any zoos nearby, if so give them a call and see if they can direct you to someone that treats birds, it sounds like the bird needs immediate medical attention. If you are going to syringe feed make sure you have the proper formula at the correct temperature. The birds esophagus is on the right side under the tongue not in the back of the throat. There is an opening in the roof of the mouth that is called the choanal slit that leads to the respiratory tract, you do not want any food or liquid to get in there or it could cause the bird to aspirate.
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Thank you. All the zoos by me are around 3hrs away.... Shall I just boil an egg and chop in half for him to try and eat?
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When I give hard boiled egg to my birds I grate it into very small pieces, if your bird has never had it before I would try that or very small pieces so as not to scare him. Many birds are freightened by new things and a half an egg might look too big to him.
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Remember that the advice given is only to help you until you can get the budgie to either a vet or a zoo.
We cannot diagnose treatment for your bird and want you to get professional help as quickly as possible.
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How is Billy today? I hope he is still hanging in there until you can get some treatment.

As Deborah has mentioned, the advice here is only to help until you can get treatment. No one can diagnose or give medical advice. Crossing fingers he is still okay. Have you reached out to a zoo by phone?
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We took Billy to the vets and they gave us some antibiotics, the nearest avain vet is over an hr away so they told us. He's chirped up a bit but still won't perch properly.
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