Talk Budgies Forums banner
1 - 4 of 4 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
23 Posts
Hey all,

So this morning straight after breakfast Echo went back up into her cage and started vomiting. She continued for about 10 minutes. when she stopped she made her way to the bottom corner of the cage and puffed up, and not wanting any touch (which she usually loves). She had a 15 minute nap.
I took her to the vet and they did poo test which came back normal, however she noticed some undigested seed in there. She did physical exam and everything normal other than her chest muscles seemed to be small.
She also did blood tests and her protein came back low (11). She basically left me saying she has no idea what’s wrong and we will need to do further tests (but not today cause too much stress) and it is going to cost an arm and a leg. She gave her an anti-nausea injection.
since coming home she has perked up and seems to have more energy but I’m still very worried. The vet told me to keep her in a warm dark place where she feels comfortable.

please let me know your ideas or anything I could do to give her the best chance of healing.

she usually eats chopped veg (carrot, broccoli, Capsicum, beetroot, apple) with seeds mixed in at about 10:45am and then a bit more recently, vita blend (small bird) with seeds at about 4:30pm. And millet throughout the day with training. She seems to only eat the seed.

thanks,
Carly
Does she get the tiny stones to help digest? I don’t know the word for it in english but in Dutch its Grit
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
23 Posts
No I haven’t seen these before. I will get some tomorrow for her and see if it makes a difference. I have just noticed that she is barely pooping at all. Could this just be from the anti nausea injection?. Thank you very much.
(edit: this apparently isn’t true!: )
I don’t have any medical knowledge. I just know they need these tiny stones to help grind the seeds up in their belly (sorry i dont know the terms but you know what i mean). Mine vomited once and then i thought back to my previous birds and that they got these stone thingys. After i got her that (mine are mixed with different things so not only stones) she hasn’t vomited. Hope someone else with more experience can chime in!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
23 Posts
Actually, grit is dangerous for budgies. Other birds do not hull (take the shell off) their seeds and may have different needs. However, parrots, including budgies, do remove the seed husks and should NOT be given grit. It can cause crop impaction and injury if ingested.
Please read this thread for more information:

Really! Omygod im so glad that i just started giving it to them! Well don’t listen to me haha!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
23 Posts
As far as I know the word grit in Dutch and in English are not the same. As I understand it: In English grit refers to small stones, which help with digestion in for example poultry. In Dutch this is called 'maagkiezel'. The Dutch word 'grit' refers to small pieces of shell, which is not meant to aid digestion, but is meant to be a source of calcium. These two are often combined in one product, but this is not necessarily the case.

@LindaNL If you want to read about it in Dutch, check out Rob van Zon's website. He is one of the most well known avian vets in the Netherlands. On his website he also writes that 'maagkiezel' should not be given to parrots (which budgies are as well), but he says the broken shell pieces are a good source of calcium and can safely be given because they dissolve.
There is loads of other useful bird information on his website as well. He wrote a book about bird first aid and emergencies. It is aimed at both owners and non avian vets. I have not read it yet, but it is supposed to be very good. He writes about what you can do as an owner before you get to the vet and includes information for non avian vets on what to do. Of course he recommends going to an avian vet, but he is also realistic this is not always possible if there is no avian vet on call. So he recommends bringing the book with you if you have no choice but going to a regular vet.
I have been to his clinic with my chickens before. He REALLY cares about birds. If you live near Utrecht, I would recommend him. He is more expensive than a regular vet though.
Thank you! This helps me a lot!
 
1 - 4 of 4 Posts
Top