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Old 10-01-2016, 10:21 PM
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Exclamation Found a pet budgie in the forest!

Hello all
This is my first time on this forum so apologies if I have posted in the wrong section, but I'm trying to handle a bit of an unexpected budgie situation and just need a bit of reassurance and guidance!

On Thursday morning my mother found an exhausted budgie in the forest flapping around the trail. She managed to catch it as it couldn't fly very well, and brought it home as she knew it would die if left outside (I live in rural England and it's getting horribly cold at night as autumn is setting in - not to mention the birds of prey, foxes, etc).
She brought it home to me and luckily I have been able to nurse it myself as I have a lovely pet parrotlet so I know the basics of caring for sick birds, although I have never owned a budgie before...let alone ever seen one in real life.

I will first say that I truly did not expect him to survive the night. He was so thin I think that if he had gone without food for even another hour he would have died, I could feel the sharp bone running through his abdomen so clearly, I couldn't believe he was still alive in such a state.
He was also very wobbly on his feet, unable to fly at all, too tired to do anything but sleep. He also has a few tail feathers missing which makes me think he has had a very narrow escape with something trying to catch him.

I set him up in a small "hospital" cage with a heating mat underneath, a soft pillowcase inside for him to cuddle into, millet and some food and water dishes on the floor (with added probiotics and vitamins I already had in case my parrotlet ever got sick). I've also put a sheet half way over the cage too to help him feel safe and cosy.
Anyway, I am so pleased to say that he is doing astoundingly well!!
He's eating, drinking, pooping and occasionally chirping to my parrotlet. This morning when I got up for work I even found him sitting on his perch rather than sleeping in his blanket, so I am thrilled he is obviously feeling much better!
He is very frightened of course, but he hasn't bitten me once despite me handling him to check for injuries (owning a parrotlet I have to say that is quite an alien experience for me).

I'm mostly leaving him alone to recover in peace, but my main concern now is his weight. I've just managed to weigh him and he's 26g (even after two days of frantic eating) which I know is awfully low for a budgie I'm feeding him as many high fat seeds and millet as he will eat as I know they're best for stressed birds as well as weight gain, but I'm still very worried.
Is it best for me not to provide toys/any stimulation right now? I don't want to be encouraging him to move around and play whilst he's at this weight, but I also don't want him to get bored which might end up stressing him even more.
I'm also a very busy 20 year old juggling a job and college, meaning 6 days of the week I leave the house at 7am and don't get back until 6:30pm so I cannot be watching him 24/7. And as much as I would like to take him to the vet, they are ridiculously expensive here and since I can't see anything wrong with him that I can't heal myself, I am thinking it's best to wait and see how things go (unless anyone strongly disagrees with that?)

Lastly, do you think it would be a good idea for me to try to handle him slightly and bond with him now, so at least he might feel safe with me and know i am not a threat, or should I wait for him to be back to full health before I do this?

Sorry this has become quite long, it's a very strange situation I was not expecting and I just want to be sure I'm doing what is best for this budgie!
(Also, we are trying to find out who its owner is but nobody has posted anything online about a missing budgie, and since he is fully flighted he could have travelled miles and miles. If I don't manage to locate his old owner I will be keeping him!)

Thanks in advance everyone
Rhianna

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that is a incredible and amazing story indeed.I. so very glad you found the budgie in time.hopefully it will make a full recovery.you were in the right place to save it.you have given it a very good chance to survive.I would had done the same as well making a hospital recovery place.

I hope to see some budgie photos soon.keep us posted and thanks for joining us.we're here if you need us.blessings always.
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Hello Rhianna I am so glad that this little budgie was rescured from the forest. I am glad your mum caught him. Also I am very pleased that you have taken him in what a lucky little bird. You can give him a good seed mix and slowly introduce veggies like corn carrot silver beat snow peas etc. Seeing your little friend is only new maybe you could leave him settle into his new home for a couple of days and then try to handle him. He is scared cause he is in a new environment he has to get use to you. You can read to him and play soft music. But if you think he is ready to handle go with what you think is best. I am looking forward to seeing photos of this little miracle. Karma to you for taking this beautiful budgie into your home. Your new little friend will bond with you in no time. Your new little friend will win your heart over... Someone may have better advice for you.
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Welcome to the forums!

I'm glad your mother has rescued this budgie in need of dire help and that you have been nursing him/her back to health. Even though you are new to budgies, surely your prior experience in pet bird ownership has been very helpful.
Besides the seed mix and millet, you can offer your budgie egg food, this is a highly nutritious supplement which is great for sick/convalescent birds as a well as for gaining weight.
You can make your own egg food by hard boiling an egg and mashing it all up before serving. In order to make this more appealing, you can sprinkle a few seeds onto the mix and even add some finely chopped up veggies.
If the budgie isn't keen on fresh foods, you can buy ready made (dry) egg food.

From your description, it's very likely that this budgie has been in the great outdoors for an extended amount time. That would explain the severe weight loss and the rough condition he/she was in when found.
Depending on how the budgie progresses, you may need to book an appointment with the avian vet specialist and it's extremely important to follow strict quarantine measures in order to safeguard your parrotlet's health: https://talkbudgies.com/new-budgie-ar...necessary.html

For now, it's more important to focus on improving the budgie's health and general condition and work on getting him/her stronger and at a better weight.
The training and bonding can wait a while longer.
It's okay for you to place a couple of small toys on for the budgie, in case he/she chooses to play with it.

It's good that you are trying to locate the budgie's owners, you can place some fliers at the neighbouring town, at the local pet stores and vets.
Advertising online is also a good option.

Best of luck with your rescued budgie, I'm wishing him/her a steady and full recovery.
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Hi and welcome to TB! I'm glad you rescued the little one! Do you keep him/her if you can't find the owner?

Edit: I just read you are keeping the bird if you can't find the owner! I think that's a very nice gesture to give him/her a forever home! I hope the little one will get well soon!
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Rhianna,

It is wonderful you are caring for the little budgie and working to bring it back to health. Karma to you for your kindness and compassion.

It sounds to me like you are doing everything in your power to ensure the little one regains its health. I would spend time near it's hospital cage when you can, talking and reassuring it but would give it a couple of weeks to settle in before attempting to touch or hold it.

You didn't mention if the budgie is an English/Show type or an American/Pet type. I will say I had two American/Pet type that weighed only 27 and 28 grams so I know how small the little guy is right now. Hopefully under your care and with a varied diet he will begin putting on some weight in the next couple of weeks.

I'm glad to know you are attempting to locate his owner and am especially pleased you will be keeping him if those efforts don't bear fruit.

Please keep us updated on his progress!
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Rhianna, that is an incredible story. I'm so happy that this little bird ended up in your care. I'm not sure that I can add anything that hasn't already been stated, but I will definitely be giving you Karma for this. Just as soon as I get to my computer, I can't write anything in the Karma box on my phone, . I love what you're doing and I hope that he/she can stay with you, and recover to the fullest!
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Hi Rhianna and to the forums!

I'm glad that you were able to nurse this little budgie and he's looking much better I'm so glad he's doing so well and I agree that you've done excellently in caring for this little bird!

You've been given great advice already, so I will only add to read through the forum stickies for more budgie information, and to keep us updated on how he's doing!

Once he's looking stronger, we'd love to meet him! Feel free to post photos of your parrotlet in the "Other Birds" section of the forums, too

It's lovely to have you with us!
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