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Hello everyone, I hope you and l your babies are all well 馃挄

My boy, Maureen, is about 4 or 5 years old now, and is probably the most hyper active budgie I've ever seen. He is always singing and bobbing his head lots and giving kisses to his dad, brothers, and himself in the mirror when he's not flying laps around the place.

This morning he didn't fly out of the cage immediately when I woke up the birdies. I got him to step up after a few moments of him not moving, and be didn't seem very interested in going anywhere. My budgies are not hand tamed, so for him to step up at all was very concerning to me.

I left out treats, a few pellet mixes, and leafy greens for them today. I saw little Maureen nibbling some millet when I put it out, and I caught him a few hours ago digging through a seed bowl, but he hasn't been eating like he usually does. He sat on top of his cage, very lethargic and completely silent almost all day. I noticed one of his recent droppings, and there were no feces, only urates and urine. We are getting a hold of a vet first thing in the morning, but I was wondering if anyone has experienced a similar issue before, and might have an approximate idea of a problem, or anyway to help him through the night?

I have him in his own cage away from the flock, keeping the light dim, cage partially covered, heater turned up, food and water close to his perch, etc., etc. He is hardly bothered by my hands in the cage now, and has yet to move from his perch. He also seems to be breathing quite heavily, his wings are moving with his breaths, but this could just be he's frightened due to my handling and being separated from his family.

I'm terribly worried about my baby boy. Picture of him is attached, just to show him off.
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While typing this out, he's started making a clicking sound with his breathing. I'm so scared for him.

Update 1: Got him to munch on some millet, he seemed pretty enthusiastic, it got my hopes a lot. I tried some pedialyte soaked millet, but he only took a few bites and was done with it. picky boy. He's been clicky breathing on and off for the last hour, no improvement in his droppings...
 

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Keeping him warm and isolated is the best thing until you get him to the vet, please let us know how things go.
 

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Sending prayers and healing energy for your little fellow.
Please let us know how he is doing after the visit with the vet.
 

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So thankful for your well wishes. Little Maureen made it through the night, and has fecal matter in his droppings again! He woke up much more alert, and is munching his now dried pedialyte soaked millet very enthusiastically.

Little man started acting more and more like himself as the day went on, he was monitored closely throughout the day and has been doing so well. I watched him sing a song and bob his head on his favorite perch, too 鈾

Vets weren't open today, so will try to get ahold of them tomorrow.
 

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I'm very glad to hear that little Maureen is doing better!
He is a very beautiful boy, by the way. 馃挋

Please make sure you take him to an Avian Veterinarian if at all possible.
The next best option is an Exotic Pet Veterinarian that has experience with small birds.
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In the meantime, keep him warm and give him Guardian Angel or Pedialyte to encourage him to eat and drink.

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I made the mistake of assuming things were better. I left the budgies in the care of a friend while I was gone over the weekend. Maureen's health never slipped again after he made a recovery the first time around, he was eating and drinking and singing and completely like normal. When I came back, despite him seeming perfectly fine when we left, he started showing similar symptoms again yesterday. Before bed tonight, his balance has been extremely off and his eyes kept nearly closing. I tried everything I did last time, keeping him warm as possible and getting electrolytes in him, but i'm back to just praying he stays through the night. The big difference this time is he seemed to have a very hard time flying. He tried to escape me and couldn't get up high enough to go back to his cage. I got him to bed, and he's been able to keep on his thicker perch, and he did get a bit of pedialyte in him before bed. Thanks to everyone who responded before, I need to contact a vet immediately this time if he can pull through the night. Best wishes.
 

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Please let us know how things progress for little Maureen.
Sending prayers and healing energy to your little one.
I hope you will be able to get him into the Avian Vet quickly with an emergency appointment.
 

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I will try to keep posted. 鈾 Currently, we are waiting for a ride to the emergency vet, who does have an exotic animal specialist. Poor little Maureen is so weak and cold, and still hardly reacting to a thing. I was surprised when he survived the night. He had a few sips of water and nibbles of millet on his own earlier today. He's in his partially covered cage, and the heat is cranked for him, so I'm hoping he's as comfortable as possible for now.
 

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Maureen did not make it. The vets had him on oxygen for a few hours, and when they were going to prep him for an x-ray, he passed from acute cardiac arrest. He was only five, and had never showed a single ill symptom until I had initially posted this thread. They still don't know exactly what happened or what could have been wrong. Thank you everyone for sticking with me and offering encouragement.
 

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I'm so sorry to hear this. You did everything you could...and more.
thank you so much. i know i gave him the happiest little life i could possibly give him. i'm still in shock that my happiest, most energetic little ball of fluff is gone...
 

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I'm very sorry for your loss of darling Maureen.
Fly high and soar freely, sweet Maureen; rest peacefully now wee man.

I'll lend you,
for a little while, a bird of mine, He said
For you to love while he lives,
and mourn when he is dead.

It may be six or seven years, or maybe only three
But will you, till I call him back, take care of him for me?
He'll bring his charms to gladden you, and shall his stay be brief,
You'll have his lovely memories as solace for your grief.
I cannot promise he will stay, as all from earth return,
But there are lessons taught down there I want this bird to learn.

I've looked the whole world over in my search for teachers true,
And from the throngs that crowd life's lanes, I have selected you.
Now will you give him all your love - not think this labor vain,
Nor hate me when I come to call, to take him back again.
I fancied that I heard them say, 'Dear Lord, thy will be done.
For all the joy this bird shall bring, the risk of grief we'll run.
We'll shower him with tenderness and love him while we may,
And for the happiness we've known, forever grateful stay.

And should the angels call for him much sooner than we planned,

We'll brave the bitter grief that comes, and try to understand.


Modified from poem by Edgar A. Guest
 
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