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NOTE: I know I messed up. I know I wasn't a good bird parent. Please don't tell me what I did wrong, I just want help making my birdie better again

Hi all,
My budgie Dove is not doing well. She was moved downstairs temporarily because we're trying to fix up the pet room. Unfortunately the only space for her was in a downstairs room. It's pretty dark in there. I tried to remember, to switch her water twice a day and whatnot. She's only been down there for a week. Maybe less.
Her water got pretty low one day because I was majorly stressed and just went to bed super early. It had poop in it and was gross. She didn't get fed that evening, although I fed her double the next morning.
This evening, Dove was on the floor of her cage. I picked her up, and she weighs almost nothing. She can't even stand on my finger without falling off. Right now she is sitting on my desk eating veggies slowly. I don't know why she wasn't eating, because there was food in her dish. Maybe she was depressed. I really don't know.
As I said, she's weighs literally NOTHING. I don't know how to deal with a malnourished bird and I couldn't find anything when I googled it. I'm feeding her veggies but she seems really tired. I'm trying not to let her go to sleep because I'm afraid she might not wake up.
Please help me figure out what to do. She's really tired and I don't know if that's because it's 9 here or if it's because she has no strength left. She's moving into my room temporarily so I don't neglect her again. If anything happens to her because of the mistakes I made, I will never forgive myself. Please help
 

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Thank you all for the help. Dove is doing much better today, she's been flying around all morning and is eating and drinking well. The avian vets in my area open this afternoon (bc its a holiday week), and I have an appointment booked with them as soon as they open. Again, thank you so much for the help.
@ShleeTheRat
Yes, this is Dove. She hasn't laid any eggs since September, I have been extra careful to check about that. I hope that's not the issue, but only the vet visit will tell,
@ChickWas
That's not how it was. I only forgot to feed her one evening. I just checked her bowl, and it seems that she spilled water into her seed dish. The seeds were soggy, I guess that's why she wouldn't eat them. The seeds that I put on top were soggy as well. Again, that was my fault for feeding her in a rush and not checking to see that the seeds that I just put in wouldn't be ruined, but I didn't forget to feed her more than once.
I don't treat my animals as an afterthought, they're members of my family. My other pets are all happy and healthy under my care, and I'm sorry if this sounds rude, but I really dislike being attacked and accused of not caring about my animals. My animals are just as important to me as members of my family, and I treat them that way. I've spent hundreds of dollars on vet visits for my assorted pets, and my guinea pigs have been living with me for years, and they've never had any health issues because of insufficient care. Thank you for the help, but please don't attack me again. I already said that I just want help with Dove, I don't want to be attacked, falsely accused, insulted, and told that I allegedly can't care for my animals, am neglectful, and a terrible pet owner.


Thank you all for the help.
 

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Yeah, I find that really weird too. I do have a gram scale, I didn't weigh her last night because I didn't want to disrupt her eating, but I plan to weigh her everyday instead of my usual once a week, so I can keep track of if she loses weight.

@ChickWas
I didn't realize she was able to do that, I moved the bowls as soon as I found out.
And you most definitely didn't read that right, because that's not what I said. I've read all the stickies multiple times, and I do clean out her bowl before each meal. Stop acting like I'm one of those people who did no research before and having their birds, and doesn't know what to do. As I already said, I was stressed that day and just forgot to do it. I know it was wrong, I was just in a rush. I understand that I shouldn't have skipped doing it that one time, but everyone makes mistakes. Attacking somebody because of a mistake they made is not the way to go, especially on a forum that is made to help budgie owners.
And I also find it kind of strange that after I asked you not to be rude to me, you continue to be rude. I literally have no patience with trolls, so I ask you again, please stop being rude and attacking me. Thank you.

Edit: Also, you say that "temporarily is just a few days and you should've put her in a humane space until the room is done"
Um, it's not like this is an unused closet. I went in there everyday and played with her, the issue is with her food, not her interaction. The entire reason I even mentioned the room is because I thought she might've been stressed that she had to be moved.
Also, you say that she should've only been moved for a few days. Well, if you know how to paint an entire room, rip up a carpet wall to wall carpet, rip up the plywood under the carpet and retile the entire room as well as caring for 8 pets, all in a few days, do tell. I would love to hear.
 

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Sorry that it took me so long to update this, I've been busy caring for my assorted pets and getting ready for thanksgiving.

We took Dove to the vet on Saturday, and they checked her over. The vet weighed her and she weighed 28 grams, which is exactly what she weighed at her last visit (just a checkup), about a year ago. He said that most likely the reason she stopped eating was due to stress from being moved so suddenly. The droppings that were in her travel cage from the trip to the vet were a little watery, but he said that was expected because of the stress of going to the vet.

I called about 5 other avian vets in my area, just to see if I could get a second opinion (I just thought it was a little weird that she would have stopped eating just because of the stress of moving, although she did start eating and acting normally again when she was moved back into the pet room), but believe it or not, every single other avian vet within 30 miles was either not taking new clients, only had an appointment 2 months away, or all their avian specialists were sick.

Dove is acting perfectly normal again, although she does seem a little sleepier than usual (it looks to me like she might be going through a molt though, so that may be the cause of the tiredness). What do you guys think?
Also, I've been quarantining her from Diva (my other budgie) just because if Dove is sick, I don't want the illness to spread to Diva too. Should I put them back together again? (they were in different cages when they were moved, so Dove definitely didn't stop eating because Diva wouldn't let her)

Again, I thank all of you so much for the help.
 

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Discussion Starter · #18 · (Edited)
If Dove is eating and acting normally at this point in time try giving her a bit of egg food or quinoa.
If she's beginning or in a molt, that will help with the feather growth.

Had you been caging Dove and Diva separately prior to the move or only when the move took place.
Is there an issue of either not allowing the other to eat when they are together?
I will do that, thank you.

I had been caging them separately, because I had an issue with them fighting. They were usually great in the cage together, but one time whilst flying together, Dove became territorial of a chair that she likes to land on, and they fought. Even after I removed the chair, they fought in that area. Dove got a minor bite on her foot. It wasn't bleeding and it didn't get infected or anything, it healed after a few days, but I was too nervous to let them be in the same cage unsupervised. If one is out for free flight and the other is not, they will go and preen each other through the cage bars, and they were talking to each other all day long, so we decided to try them together for free flight (in a different room then the other one, they don't get free flight in there anymore). They did fine together and had lots of fun playing with each other, but I'm nervous that if they're together unsupervised (like in the cage) a fight will break out and one of them will get seriously injured, thus why they're still in different cages.
I've never had that issue before (when they lived together) and they usually share food with each other, I just wanted to clarify that it definitely wasn't that.
 
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