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My parakeet, Zazu, was very quiet when my mom uncovered him this morning. He has been sitting in his cage, doesn't chirp much and is puffed up. He has stuff dried on his face, it kind of looks like chewed up food (he eats high potency pellets from Harrison's bird food). I let him out of his cage to see if he would fly around at all and now he's a bit acting more like himself. He's eating and drinking but is still all puffy. Do you think he could be getting ready to molt, or is he sick?

 

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Hi there and welcome to the forums!

From the photo I can tell you that your budgie has vomited and what you are seeing is bits of food that got stuck to his feathers during the vomiting spell.
Vomiting is usually a sign that something is not quite right and given the fact your budgie is feeling under the weather and puffed up, it would be best to have him examined by an avian vet specialist, so that he is properly diagnosed and treated.

I'm wishing your Zazu a steady and full recovery.
 

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Hope zazu will recover very soon.Sending healing and comforting prayers for zazu and you.blessings and keep us posted.:green pied:
 

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Hi Kim and :welcome: to Talk Budgies

I agree with aluz. Zazu has obviously vomited and should be seen by 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.

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Please be sure to update us on Zazu's condition after his appointment. I'm wishing him a full and speedy recovery.

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Hi Kim and :welcome: to the forums!

I'm sorry to hear beautiful little Zazu is sick! :sick:

You've been given great advice and I hope you're able to take him to an Avian vet soon so he can be treated. If you have any questions after reviewing the links given, please do ask as we'd love to help!

In the meantime, keep him warm, and if he's not eating, you can give him some Pedialyte to drink or a homemade electrolyte solution. See this link for more details:
http://talkbudgies.com/your-budgies-health/295617-guardian-angel-pedialyte-pedialyte-recipe.html

Also, you can make some ginger tea by boiling some ginger root or powdered ginger root and then straining it and cooling it to room temperature, this will settle his stomach if he is still feeling nauseous.

I hope Zazu feels better soon, please keep us posted on his condition! :fingerx:
 

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Thank you so much to everyone for their responses!! Zazu is acting a whole lot more like his usual self, but I will be taking him to the vet tomorrow just to be safe. Is it safe to assume that a vet listed on the Association of Avian Veterinarians website is a capable avian vet?
 

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Yes, that is a good indication they are certified to provide avian care :thumbsup:

Let us know how the vet visit goes! I'm glad he's looking better so far :fingerx:
 
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