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My pet bird, Sky, is almost 12 years old and is very unhealthy. For most of her life she has been fed only seeds. About a month ago, her foot started swelling and she started limping. A few weeks later, we noticed that her bum was probably getting clogged, since it was getting bigger. We cut her nails to see if it would help with the limping, and we wiped her vent to see if we could unclog it. However, as we wiped it, some red stuff came off, and we immediately thought it was blood. Please help :eek::eek:
 

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Hello there and welcome to the forums,

Well, first off, is there a reason you haven’t taken Skye to the vet? That should have been your first course of action especially since she is an elderly budgie. Her unhealthy diet most likely had a high impact on her health as well; but I’m assuming she hasn’t been to the vet since good avian vets would have recommended she be given a more diverse diet as well.

To be honest with you, there is absolutely no way for any of us to know what is wrong with Skye since there could be a multitude of things wrong with her especially due to her age. Therefore despite the fact that since you’re asking on the forums this is probably not what you want to hear, you must take her into an avian vet right away if you want her to be at least a little more comfortable and at most to stick around for a little while longer 🤍

While your here please be sure to read through the forums as there are many articles and stickies that will help to keep you updated on the best practices for budgie care. If you have any questions after doing so, feel free to ask as we’d love to help.

Best wishes for you and Skye!

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As StarlingWings has said, she needs to be seen by an avian vet immediately, both issues sound serious and she is surely suffering. If you do not have an avian vet you can use this link to search for one just by entering your zip code. If there are none in your area search online for an exotic vet that sees birds. https://www.aav.org/search/custom.asp?id=1803
 

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I can't understand why you didn't contact an Avian Vet for Skye immediately when she began having problems.
That should always be a budgie owner's first course of action if their bird is injured or unwell.

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.

Locating an Avian Veterinarian

Please let us know how Skye is doing after her appointment with the Avian Vet.
 
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