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Hello, a little budgie flew in to our garden yesterday. 😀 We have taken him into our home and are lookkng after hum. We have bought a cage and food etc. He seems to be eating and drinking but not knowing anything about budgies I'm wondering if he isn't well. He was sitting on his perch for most of the afternoon and evening yesterday and was chirping but today he seems to be standing on the bottom of the cage. He is still chirping and eating and drinking but I am worried. When we found him, he had a chunk of feathers missing on his neck but I spoke to the vet today and she said he could be distressed because of being lost outside in the cold (we have no idea how long he has been outside) and he may have over groomed. She said to give him a couple of days to let him settle but I'm not sure. Can anyone offer some advice please? Xx

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Locating an Avian Veterinarian

Thank you for rescuing the little budgie.
Are you going to try to locate the owner?

Was the vet you contacted an Avian Vet?
It would be best to take the budgie in to an Avian Vet for a checkup.
You need to find out if the budgie is healthy or needs medication.
If there are no Avian vets nest you, find an exotic pet veterinarian who has experience dealing with small birds.
All new budgies should have a wellness check but especially one that has been rescued from outdoors
Is the budgie fluffed up?
Is it eating, drinking, and pooping normally?
Do you know if it is male or female?
With missing feathers, it may have been attacked by another bird or other animal and could need antibiotics.

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Hello there and welcome to the forums,

Thank you for rescuing the little fellow. You have been given great advice above re. how to care for him and potentially find the owners. You've also come to a great place to learn even more about the best of budgie care practices. Please be sure to read through the links provided above to ensure you're up to date on everything.

If you have any questions after doing so, feel free to ask as we'd love to help. We hope to see you around and hear updates on the little one soon!

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