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For almost a week now, my 5 year old budgie is puffing his feathers, he seems sleepier than usual, and his tail is bobbing. He is still eating, drinking, preening, and his droppings seem normal, but his lack of energy is worrying me. I put a heater in his room, gave him some probiotics and vegetables to help him gain strengh, but it doesn’t seem to be doing much. I thought it could be his moutling pass at first, but there aren’t nearly enough feathers in his cage for it to be so. I’m unsure what to do as he still seems alert but still is sleepier and quieter than usual. Should I go to the vet or is this just a phase? (YELLOW BUDGIE IN THE PICTURE)
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It is not a phase, the bird looks ill, please go to an avian vet and do not wait any longer, birds hide illness very well and usually by the time we see symptoms that bird has been ill for awhile. Do you need help finding an avian vet?

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Hello and welcome to the forums!

Unfortunately budgies, as prey animals, are not like dogs or cats in that they immediately show signs of illness if they have one; for their safety in the wild they hide their symptoms until they are too ill to do so. Therefore the first time we see any sign of illness it is important to take them into the vet right away because by then the illness could be quite advanced.

Cody is correct, you must take him to an avian vet right away. If he's been like that for a week he must be in very grave condition by now. Please let us know once you have an appointment!

Meanwhile, you've come to a great place to learn even more about the best of budgie care practices! Please be sure to read though the forums' many budgie articles and "stickies" to ensure you're up to date on the best of budgie care practices. If you have any questions after doing so, please be sure to ask as we'd love to help.

We hope to see you around! Please let us know how your little one is doing soon as well.

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It is very important you take your budgie to an Avian Vet.

Avian Vets have special training to determine the cause of symptoms resulting from illness or trauma.
This is important as "regular" vets will often overlook symptoms that are quickly obvious to an Avian Vet.
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 recovery than it would have if you seek prompt professional diagnosis and treatment at the first sign of illness.
If there are no Avian Vets near you, please find an Exotic Pet Veterinarian with experience in dealing with small birds.
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