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I've just bought a new budgie. It was bought from a pet store as there are no breeders in my area. I'm very worried, as it is displaying signs of an infection. He has very labored, quick breathing and his body shakes while he breathes along with his tail, and he makes little clicking sounds when he breathes heavier. I'm hoping it's just stress as I got him a few hours ago, but I don't know. Any useful information or tips is greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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Hi! :welcome: to Talk Budgies

The information you've given indicates your budgie is very ill, not simply stressed.
The bird needs to be seen by an Avian Vet for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan immediately.

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.

Have you contacted the pet store and let them know the budgie is quite ill? If not, I would do so as all the other birds there have been exposed to the illness as well.

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Hi there and :welcome: to the forums!

You've been given great advice, I agree completely with the above. Clicking while breathing is not normal at all and indicates some sort of infection. Stress could be making his condition worse, so while you wait for a vet visit, cover his cage on three sides with a light sheet, play soft, calming music for him/her, and give him/her some time to settle in.

It is really great to have you here and you couldn't have come to a better place to learn even more about budgies!

Be sure to read through the forum's many Budgie Articles and "stickies" (threads "stuck" to the top of each subform for easy reference) to ensure you're up to date on all the best practices for budgie care!

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We look forward to seeing you and your budgie around the forums. I hope s/he feels better soon!

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