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Hi, I am new here so bear with me :) :budgie:
I am worried about my budgie (Opal), he/she (not sure of gender yet) is around 12 weeks old and seems to be going through a moulting phase for the past week and the past few days she has started regurgitating or coughing up seed, she makes like a squeak sound (or like a sneeze) and moves her neck like trying to get the seed up and then spits out wet seed which is undigested. I don't know if this is normal young budgie behavior during a first moult? She is flying normally, very active, eating well, drinking and playing with all the toys frequently and not puffed up, flying around like mad outside the cage and there is no discharge from cere and no signs of liquid around beak. She does seem to be quite itchy but it looks like the moult is irritating her. My other budgie also shares a cage with her and he doesn't seem ill but does occasionally make a tut sound several times over. My local vets aren't much use as last time they didn't know anything about birds and just gave anti biotics and my last budgie squeak didn't make it, so I don't really want to go back there, but obviously if need be I will find a proper avian vet but the budgies get traumatized in travel and I don't want to stress them further. Any advice would be appreciated. Perhaps someone else has had the same thing happen?
 

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No, it isn't normal for budgies to spit up undigested seed in the manner you describe.
Your little one may have a crop infection and needs to be seen by an Avian Vet.

I had a little budgie that had a crop infection at one point and recovered well after being diagnosed and receiving the proper treatment. :hug:

Cover the cage when you take the budgie in the car and talk reassuringly to it during the course of the drive to the Avian Vet.
Budgies pick up on our stress so the more calm and relaxed you can be about the excursion the better for your little one.

Good luck and please let us know how things progress.

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Hi there. Can you post a few pictures of your budgie and your budgie's droppings? Your bird is a bit too young, I think, to be regurgitating because of mating or breeding impulses. Regurgitation is from bobbing the head, while vomiting is generally characterized by a shaking of the head like a wet dog (and the seed or liquid can stick to the cage bars, your budgie's head, etc.). Which sounds more like your budgie?

Being so young and sharing a cage, I would personally want to get it checked out by a proper avian vet. Perhaps if you post your city we can help you look one up or other members might know of one.

Is your budgie displaying any other signs of illness? (Puffed up, eyes with more of an oval rather than round shape, odd droppings, failure to gain weight or feather properly, etc.?)

The stress of a molt can affect budgies. I would offer probiotics (I use Harrison's Booster, but other TBers have had good results with other brands) and some extra nourishment like egg food. If you can find Nekton Bio vitamins for molting, that would be great to sprinkle on their food. It really helped my Sammy come out of his molt quickly and both of my avian vets have recommended it.

Best of luck to you! :) Please let us know how you get on!
 

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Easiest way to distinguish between vomiting and regurgitation is whether or not its deliberate.
For example when Bertie first started regurgitating I thought it was vomit since the only evidence I had was wet seeds on the cage floor in a pile. But after observing him he was specifically placing/regurgitating on his favourite toy. He was very meticulous about the whole thing. So if your budgie appears to be vomiting onto something, it will be very obvious Bertie even contorts his body in order to get the regurgitated food into the right spot on his toy, then its regurgitation but if he's just siting there and starts bringing stuff up its vomit. Also, head shaking after bringing up the seed is another good indication that its involuntary.
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Many Thanks for your help and advice, I got my budgie seen and treated and she is coming along well, which I am glad, it's always a worry with these lovely little birdies.

No, it isn't normal for budgies to spit up undigested seed in the manner you describe.
Your little one may have a crop infection and needs to be seen by an Avian Vet.

I had a little budgie that had a crop infection at one point and recovered well after being diagnosed and receiving the proper treatment. :hug:

Cover the cage when you take the budgie in the car and talk reassuringly to it during the course of the drive to the Avian Vet.
Budgies pick up on our stress so the more calm and relaxed you can be about the excursion the better for your little one.

Good luck and please let us know how things progress.

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I got hold of some of those Nekton vitamins you suggested and my budgie is doing a lot better with that and the medicine, I have never heard or seen Nekton before, so Thanks! :budgie:

Hi there. Can you post a few pictures of your budgie and your budgie's droppings? Your bird is a bit too young, I think, to be regurgitating because of mating or breeding impulses. Regurgitation is from bobbing the head, while vomiting is generally characterized by a shaking of the head like a wet dog (and the seed or liquid can stick to the cage bars, your budgie's head, etc.). Which sounds more like your budgie?

Being so young and sharing a cage, I would personally want to get it checked out by a proper avian vet. Perhaps if you post your city we can help you look one up or other members might know of one.

Is your budgie displaying any other signs of illness? (Puffed up, eyes with more of an oval rather than round shape, odd droppings, failure to gain weight or feather properly, etc.?)

The stress of a molt can affect budgies. I would offer probiotics (I use Harrison's Booster, but other TBers have had good results with other brands) and some extra nourishment like egg food. If you can find Nekton Bio vitamins for molting, that would be great to sprinkle on their food. It really helped my Sammy come out of his molt quickly and both of my avian vets have recommended it.

Best of luck to you! :) Please let us know how you get on!
 
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