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He is a lot more alert today. He was calling me this morning; something he hasn't done all week.

He's got a lot of gunk on his head which he keeps trying to brush off. Hopefully it will go in a few days. He's been cleaning himself and eating like normal. I've been keeping a close eye on him and have been changing his water more than twice a day.

The vet didn't say any specifics. I don't think they really treat birds, mostly cats and dogs. She didn't mention anything about any follow up appointments, only if we see no improvements. I think the needles she gave him was one shot for antibiotics and the other was some sort of vitamin.

He still dozes off and sits quietly, but he is a lot more alert when you approach him.

As for the Apple Cidar Vinegar, I might try that next if I can find some.

One other concern is that his poo is very black. I'm assuming that is just the antibiotics getting to work.

I'll keep on monitoring his progress
 

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Hi Mike,

I don't wish to be an alarmist but in people black poop is a sign of internal bleeding. I have also read somewhere that black poop in a parrot could be old blood. Please correct me if I am wrong.

I would advise that you phone your vet and ask if this is a possibility. I so hope that I am VERY VERY WRONG.

Thinking of you both, let us know any updates.
 

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Hi Mike,

While waiting for the medicine to work, try searching for an avian vet near you.
Put in the search box looking for avian /exotic vet near put your zip code in.
Also Enter 2 larger cities near you in either direction and see if anything comes up.Crop infections can be hard to cure and may appear gone only to return again when the bird is under stress. Crop infections may be bacterial or fungal in nature or in combination. A swab of the crop would be a way to tell. Definitely ask for 2nd opinion if vet suggests to put to sleep. The Apple cyder vinegar is in our grocery stores and health food stores here in US. Braggs is common name but look for "mother" on the label which means it is original components which are very healing for people as well as birds.The ACV changes the Ph of the body to make it unfriendly to harmful microorganisms. Be extra sure to keep cage area, clean and dry and remove old food and water daily. check the room where you keep the cage for excess moisture on window sills , behind furniture where mold can grow during cold damp weather. Wipe the surfaces down around the cage area with some white vinegar which should repel any mold that you may not see. Mold is not good for people or budgies. I go through our house several times to check for presence of mold. the vinegar will kill the mold and is very in expensive and natural cleaning product the is OK to use around birds. Take a damp paper towel and gently back rub the feathers around his head to clear away the vomit residue you can use a q-tip around eyes and mouth and chest area where his spots are. Wipe down his cage with the vinegar and be sure to remove any old seed stuck to walls or cage bars or near by furniture from his need to vomit. Keep him very warm and put a towel or blanket on top and sides of cage to reduce any cold drafts. When you can afford it look for a natural light with active UVB/UVA and also a white ceramic heat only and a reflector that can be attached near the cage and provide good warmth. point the bulb near where your bird sleeps but also leave area where bird can move out of direct range of heat. Also be sure water is not getting hot from the Heat bulb. 60 watt ceramic socket is good. Check your pet store or order from lady gouldian finch or similar on the net and get your parents to help with this. Hot water bottle works but you have to keep warming it up. Amazon.com sells a pet snuggle that can be microwaved and last 8+- hours put it near your birds favorite place to nap. and use the cloth cover or towel on hot water bottle to protect bird from too hot surface ask your mom to help with this.We will all be praying for your budgie to have a speedy recovery. Best wishes, Jo Ann:budge::budge:
 

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48 hours after treatment and he seems to be worse than yesterday.

He has been spending a lot of time on the bottom of his cage and dozing. He is keeping himself hydrated and even seems energetic at times.

He appears to have diarrhea again, although not quite as bad, but he has started regurgitating his food.

He also appears to have a very itchy bum. Every few minutes he will give it a good scratch with his feet before settling down again.

The gunk on his head is still there and seems to be worse than yesterday. I have attached a picture showing the gunk on his head. Perhaps some of you could identify this.

I took advice from one of the posters here and started looking at Avian vets in the area, but there doesn't seem to be any around. I live in the South East of the UK.

As for Apple Cider Vinegar, how much would you recommend using?

I really hope he pulls through this difficult time, but I fear we might have left it too late.

 

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For the ACV start off with 1/4 tsp in about 10 oz of water to see if he'll tolerate that amount.

Follow Jo Ann's advice regarding keeping him warm, getting his feathers cleaned up and cleaning the area where you keep him.

The stuff on his head looks like dried vomit to me.
I see that his cere is also turning a brownish color which is indicative of a hormonal or nutritional deficiency.
The best possible thing you can do for him at this point is get him to a good Avian Vet to have blood tests run to determine the cause his illness and how to best treat it.

If you simply cannot locate an Avian Vet in your area, then I'd suggest you contact one of the on-line Avian Vet services for assistance and advice.

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Thank you for all your advice.

I'm sad to say that my little feathered feather passed away a few moments ago. He was heard scuttling about by his cuttlefish about 5 minutes before I saw him.

Rest In Peace

The Blue One [4th September 2007 - 10 February 2015]
 

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Rest in Peace, sweet handsome Blue. Keep his cute face and happy song close to your heart, and he will be with you forever. I am so sorry for your loss.
 

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Mike,

I'm very sorry for your loss of little Blue. :hug:

I'm going to close this thread. If you'd like, you may make a tribute post for Blue in the "In Memory" section of the forum.

Fly high and free sweet Blue; rest peacefully little one.
 
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