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Hello all, a while back I posted about my budgie JayJay about his constant regurgitation state and took him to the vet numerous times with two lab results one regarding his droppings and one from a crop wash. Both results have come back clean saying that he is healthy and well even tho on a daily basis he is bringing up seeds. He’s not lost any weight if anything he’s actually gained a bit of weight which isn’t bad considering he was on the borderline of a healthy weight for him. I have removed toys and all sorts of things to potentially help him stop doing this but yet he continues as the vet things this is all behavioural. I’m getting tired of seeing him spray seeds everywhere and iv done a lot for him and getting all these tests done all with a green light saying there is nothing wrong with him. Iv even tried changing his food/diet but yet still does the same thing. If any suggestions on how I might be able to get him to stop please let me know.

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It's good to know that there is not a physical problem, it sounds like a hormonal/behavioral issue that is at the root of this. Is he your only bird, is he tame, and what is his relationship with you and other members of the household, if any?
 

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What do YOU think about it all? Do you think the vet is right that it is behavioral?

I ask because I have had a situation in the past that a vet told me he could find nothing wrong with a kitten. He wanted to send me home, but I was convinced things were not right. Symptoms were vague, but I just knew something was wrong. So I asked for a referral to a specialist. Long story short: I was right. Something was terribly wrong, but it was such a rare disease in cats and in such an early stage that the vet did not catch it.

What I learned from it all is that the vet and the owner should be a team. The vet has the medical knowledge, but you know your pet better than anyone. You have valueable information the vet cannot do without. If you are not convinced, you should discuss it again with your vet.

From your post I got the impression you do not agree and/or are frustrated with it, because it is no solution.


Edit: take a look at this article. It's about birds vomitting and is written by an avian vet. Read all the way to the end where they discuss the most common causes and a case study.
 

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You have to know if the bird is regurgitating or vomiting, regurgitation is a voluntary controlled behavior, vomiting is not and would be indicative of a non behavioral problem. I too had an issue with a cat many years ago where I was being told that a fluid buildup was the result of Feline Infectious Peritonitis, I said no way, turned out I was right it was a tumor on the liver.
 

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I thought of vomitting because of this:

I’m getting tired of seeing him spray seeds everywhere
The article explains the difference like this
To help veterinarians work up medical caused of vomiting veterinarians often use the term regurgitation for finely controlled vomiting that is part of normal physiology that a healthy bird may do. They bob their head up and down and then bring up softened undigested food into their mouth and place the regurgitated food carefully in a desired place. Vomiting is more uncontrolled ejection of food from both the crop and stomach that is spat out, and flicked around the cage, often landing on the head and neck and is always a sign of disease.
 

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The vet's have run multiple tests and have observed him for 24 hours on camera and in person and have caught him doing so mainly when someone is close by. This is why they think its more of behavior as when i come back home from work I don't see any evidence of him doing his regurgitation/vomiting as if he had done it there would be signs either inside his cage or certain toys and sometimes it gets out of the cage. As i'm typing this right now he is chirping away, his dropping all look normal and they have checked three times for anything within his digestive system, kidneys and all that with nothing to be seen. As iv stated before he hasn't lost any weight but actually gaining weight as iv been giving him more treats considering he was on the borderline of being underweight. He did have a partner 3-4 years ago but he passed away due to a stroke or something like that as it came out of no where but that isn't the main point of the subject. He lives alone with just me in the flat and when i'm not home i leave the radio on for him to sing along to as that's what he enjoys doing.
 
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