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My Baby's Beak and Legs Are Turning Dark Blue

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I've had a pair of parakeets for the past several years. Recently, one of my babies has passed on, leaving the one I have now behind. Ever since his passing, my other male has been very sad it seems. All day he stares at the fake parakeet we have in the cage. This is definitely abnormal behavior for him, and I can see its because he is mourning the loss of his best friend. It makes me incredibly sad. We have since gotten a new baby parakeet, who is in a separate cage 5+ feet away from our current bird. We are not planning to put them together for a while, until we're sure enough time has passed. Here is the issue I face today:
my older parakeets beak and legs are turning a dark blue.
I'm planning on getting him to the vet, but does this happen due to birds mourning their friends? I have found what I think to be the cause of blue skin and beaks (CYANOSIS), but there is hardly any information on it. Anything would help.
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What you have described is not normal for a budgie under any circumstances.
Your bird needs to be seen by an Avian Veterinarian sooner rather than later.
The blood flow to the legs and feet have been compromised in some way (or the blood oxygen levels have fallen too low for some reason).
Please get an appointment right away. Please update us on his (name?) condition.

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Hello and welcome to the forums,

You've been given great advice above. It is essential that you take your little one to the vet as soon as possible. His behavior and appearance sounds very irregular/abnormal and without proper treatment he may deteriorate quite quickly.

Additionally, please be sure to read through ALL the links provided above to ensure you're up to date on the best of budgie care practices. If you have any questions after doing so, feel free to ask as we'd love to help.

Please keep us posted on your budgie's condition!

Best wishes 👋
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