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So my budgie QBird is sick. I've already taken him to the vet and he's been put on doxycycline and a heat pad, but the vet is not an avian specialist and he doesn't seem to be getting better. Can anyone help me figure out what he might have? :/

These are these symptoms:

- Suddenly very clingy, wants to hide in my shirt all the time [he's never done this in his life, he generally likes to be left alone, grumpy and aloof is his normal personality]
- Sleeps all day
- Still eating food and occassionally talking, notices when I leave the room and gets upset
- Still flies around a bit but he's a bit clumsy
- his droppings seem generally ok, one or two loose ones but no consistent diarrhea
- occasional weird head bobbing movement

The main thing that concerns me is the massive, sudden personality change and inactivity / constant sleeping that seemed to occur overnight. He doesn't seem to have any noticeable respiratory problems, tail bobbing or discharge.

Thanks for your help. He's only 2 years old and I don't want to lose the little guy. :(
 

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I'm sorry to hear about your worries. Unfortunately I will not be able to help as I have no expertise in this area but I just wanted to extend my supporting thoughts. I hope your little guy gets better and that some of our more experienced members will be able to help.

Where is your closest avian vet? You could try to give them a call?

Please keep us posted.
 

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I'm so sorry your feathered friend is Ill, the symptoms you describe could be caused by a number of things, so to be on the safe side I would always suggest a visit to an avian vet, please keep us up to date and you can be sure that all of us at talk budgies are sending healing powers your way.
Oh and welcome to the forum :)
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Thanks guys, I do have an appointment with an avian vet scheduled for tomorrow, hopefully he gets through the night.

Here he is in his hospital cage looking haggard, the thing he's standing on is an owl toy I gave him for comfort.

 

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Well done on getting him an appointment with an avian vet, he does seem fluffed up as if he's struggling to control his temperature, could he have come in to contact with maybe kitchen fumes, air fresheners or maybe house plants ??
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The head bobbing.. did he had a night fright any of these days? And the clumsiness, does he have balance issues? My budgie Phillip did some things that wouldn't suit his personality when he was sick. I think they do that in order to get some comfort.. and let us know that something is going wrong. Did the vet find the reason why he has these symptoms? And are there any avian vets in your area? I think you have to bring him there..
 

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The head bobbing.. did he had a night fright any of these days? And the clumsiness, does he have balance issues? My budgie Phillip did some things that wouldn't suit his personality when he was sick. I think they do that in order to get some comfort.. and let us know that something is going wrong. Did the vet find the reason why he has these symptoms? And are there any avian vets in your area? I think you have to bring him there..
He does have some balance issues. When he is active and awake he will try to climb the bars but his feet lose grip and he tumbles off.

He has had a few night frights before but never hurt himself. I looked up the symptoms for bird head injuries and this sounds exactly like what's going on:

''Birds who are concussed are extremely photo-sensitive, they need much sleep and often fall off their perches. They have no appetite and obviously seem to be very ill. Their plumage is fluffed up and they instinctively behave very calm.''

Being photo-sensitive would explain why he keeps burrowing under things and into my shirt... the only thing that doesn't apply there is that he still has an appetite when he's awake.
 

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Poor QBird does not look well. Hope the avian vet appointment goes well - I am sure that will cast more light on the matter. Best wishes.
 

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Hi and :welcome: to Talk Budgies!

Poor little Q-bird does look like he's struggling. :(
From the symptoms you've described, he may have suffered a head injury. :S

Please be ask your Avian Vet to perform both fecal an blood tests to obtain the most complete information possible to make the diagnosis on what is causing your little fellow's problems.

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Please let us know what the avian vet thinks. Keep him in a semi dark room that is warm and quiet. Cover his cage on three sides place his food and water down low where he can reach it without any need to balance on a perch. I hope he recovers soon. :budgie:
 

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Yes. As Cathy suggested, put him in a semi-dark room, no perches and ensure that he has food and water available for him. Apart from this, look for his sight. Does he respond if he sees your hand close to him? My budgie Phillip hit his head on a wooden perch because of a night fright. All these symptoms you described are indicating head injury. I really hope he will be better soon- please let us know what the vet said, ok?
 

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Yes. As Cathy suggested, put him in a semi-dark room, no perches and ensure that he has food and water available for him. Apart from this, look for his sight. Does he respond if he sees your hand close to him? My budgie Phillip hit his head on a wooden perch because of a night fright. All these symptoms you described are indicating head injury. I really hope he will be better soon- please let us know what the vet said, ok?
He responds to sight and sound.

He's doing much better today. He trips over and falls a lot but he's much more alert and seeking out food and his toys and chatting when he hears other birds.

I have him in a little travel-size cage with a bunch of soft material on the bottom in case he falls.
 

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QBird seemed to be doing better last night but sometime in the morning he took a turn for the worse. He is unresponsive and sitting in a strange rigid posture. I think this is the end for him.

Thanks for all your help and support.
Here's my favourite picture of Q when he was healthy.

 

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Q-Bird is absolutely beautiful! I'm so, so sorry this has happened, and despite the unfortunate circumstances, welcome to the forums.

I'm devastated for you, it's worse when we know they're suffering.
Hugs and best wishes, please keep us posted! :hug:
 

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I am so so sorry to hear that... :( I still hope he will turn back to normal.. did you inform the vet for this? Please update us on his condition. :hug:
 
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