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i own 2 budgies and whenever i leave the house in the evening i keep a lamp on if they are out of the cage so they wouldn't get lost in the dark.
this evening i came home to see only 1 budgie in the room and couldn't seem to locate the other one. after further investigation i found her on the top of the closet, her being in a strange position. i took her down and realized she had her nail caught on her eyelid and couldn't take it out. it appeared that while she was scratching, her nail poked through the eyelid and, the nail being shaped as it is, couldn't come out. i pulled it out myself with her struggling and screeching and left her in the cage. her eyelid is slightly red and the eye teary. she keeps scratching it against the perch and splashed her face in water a couple of times. she's eating and drinking regularly (for now at least).
i was wondering if this happens to the other budgies and will it heal up quickly. will i have to clip her nails every now and then? (she is pretty resistant to me so that would be troublesome) i will definitely take her to a vet first thing tomorrow and see what they say, but i was worried if she will survive the night.
thank you in advance!
 

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i'm afraid i don't have anything of the sort in my house at the moment so i will have to wait until tomorrow
the eyelid looked a bit bloody but there was no severe bleeding
 

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If the eyelid is not bleeding at this time, it will probably be fine. I hope the budgie's toenail did not damage its eye.

Are you seeing an Avian Vet?

Avian Vets have special training to determine the cause of symptoms resulting from illness or trauma as well as the best knowledge with regard to treating birds. This is important as "regular" vets will often overlook symptoms that are quickly obvious to an Avian Vet and may be unaware of how to treat specific injuries.
When you rely on anyone who has not had training in Avian diagnosis and care, you may be delaying effective treatment. This can prolong suffering that may be avoidable.
The bird will often require a more intense, prolonged treatment with a poorer chance of full recover than it would have if you seek prompt professional diagnosis and treatment at the first sign of illness.

I'm wishing all the best for your little budgie.
Please be sure to update us on her condition after her appointment.

I would also suggest you prepare a Birdy First Aid Kit to have on hand.

http://talkbudgies.com/articles-budgie-disease-illness/335937-avian-first-aid.html

Welcome to the forums -- I'm sorry your introduction was under such stressful circumstance.
 

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i did research on avian vets in my area and saw one that people from local bird forums recommended and said they take their birds there. there is also an ambulance in the city's veterinarian university which i believe is a better option but since it's further away from the other clinic and i don't have a car but instead have to take the bus, i took her to the first one.

i took both my birds with me since i thought the trip would be less stressful for them if they had each other. they were chirping the entire way which surprised me since when i was carrying the male bird through the town when i got him from his previous owners, he was quiet and very scared. it was a bit windy but hopefully they didn't catch a cold.
there were a few vets in the clinic and the one that took us in specializes in birds and small animals. he took a look at her and clipped her nails. he also applied some saline solution to her eye. we also noticed she had something stuck in there too, probably a feather or loose skin. he attempted taking it out, but she was really disobedient and after 10 minutes he gave up. he did manage to move it aside so she can see and warned me about the possibility of her eye being damaged and the liquid from it leaking, leading to her becoming blind on that eye. for now that doesn't seem to be the case but i'll see how it'll look tomorrow. the vet prescribed her eye drops which i bought on the way back home. she takes a lot of naps now, but it's probably due to the stress. i gave her the drops (though it was quite difficult keeping her still) and i will continue with the treatment for a week. if anything goes wrong, the vet told me to give him a ring and let him know i'm coming.

when we returned home she managed to slip out of my hand as i was trying to apply her the drops and flew around a bit and played with her mate so it makes me happy she's doing well.

here are some pictures from before and after i gave her the eye drops.

 

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Your pictures did not upload properly. You can try uploading directly from your computer or you can use a free PhotoBucket account and upload following these instructions:

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I do hope your little budgie will retain the site in her eye.
Hopefully the eye drops you were given will wash the foreign particle out of her eye soon. :fingerx:

If you must take your birds to the vet, please be sure to cover their cage with a towel or fleece blanket if you must walk any distance with it. This will prevent them from being chilled by drafts.

If you would like to start a thread in the "Introductions" section of the forum, I'm sure other members would like to welcome you.

I'm looking forward to hearing how your budgie progresses.

Best wishes
 

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Thanks for editing your post to upload the pictures.

Your poor little girl does look miserable.
I'm so glad you were able to get her into the vet promptly. :hug: I pray her eye will be OK and she'll retain her sight.

I'll move your thread over to the Follow-Up Section of the forum now and will keep watch for any updates on her progress.
 

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Poor little girl, I'm glad she's feeling much better now, her eye certainly looks better.

I hope everything heals well and I'm glad you were able to take her to the vet :thumbsup:

I hope to hear more updates on her condition, and meanwhile we'd love it if you officially introduced yourself :D
 

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today's the third day since i've been to the vet and her eye is looking a lot better! as i remember, even a day after treatment i was happy to wake up to her looking at me with the injured eye widely opened. i don't usually sleep next to the two of them, but that night i wanted to pay close attention to her.

sometimes i notice she doesn't fully blink but usually it's right before when i'm suppose to apply the eye drops so it gets better after. she's been standing next to her mate more often and she even lets him scratch her around that area!

on the day i took her to the vet i noticed she took quite a lot of naps but after i moved the cage closer to the heater she stopped. though i must say juju is sometimes feeling hot (from what i've researched) so i have to just turn the cage or move it slightly away. they're both ok after that!

today that same thing from before appeared on negi's eye, but just near the edge so i got a bit concerned, but after the drops and a few blinks it was back into place. it's probably a part of her skin as the vet told me.

here's how she looks now!
 

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things have been ok during the treatment last week. i went to the vet this saturday for a check up and i told him her eye still tears up a bit sometimes and she scratches it a lot so he prescribed her an eye gel this time. he said i should apply it 2-3 times a day so i decided i'd do it 2 times a day, 3 times every 2 days. i do find it a bit difficult since during the eye drop treatment she used to close her eye while i was trying to put in the eye drops, and now when i'm suppose to spread the gel on her eyelid specifically she keeps it open. before applying i notice her eye is really really teary so it makes me a bit concerned but i hope it'll pass...

one thing that worries me is that her cere started changing color. it looks a bit... bloody? so you can only imagine my concerns- the left side (which she scratches a lot because of the eye) is lighter than before, even has a slight shade of blue like when she was younger. the right side on the other hand is reeeaaally dark brown. here are some pictures.




i just wanted to know what it meant and if it's a normal thing. if you had experiences with this happening before please share! ;;
 

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What you are observing with your budgie's cere is completely normal.

A female budgie's cere becomes brown and scaly looking when it is in breeding condition.

When she comes out of condition the cere will revert back to the normal color.
 
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