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one of my budgies, Silvio, has a swollen left eye, seems to be the eyelids that are swollen and they are a bit red. His eye itself is OK he can see out of it, and he is otherwise quite normal, eating and drinking and playing. He is however rubbing his affected eye against the cage or bedroom walls. His poops seem fairly normal.
I'd love to post a picture of it but I can't get him to stay still long enough.

From some images that I've searched, I believe it looks like conjunctivitis. He may be a carrier of psittacosis. My other 2 budgies who share the same cage are both perfectly fine with perfect poops.

I am making an appointment with my avian vet as soon as possible, but this might take a couple of days. Down here in Tasmania there's only 1 avian vet in our whole state, and luckily he is very good, but he is also extremely busy as he deals with wildlife and reptiles and all sorts of small animals.

In the meantime while I wait to see the vet, does anyone have any ideas of anything I can do for him to make him more comfortable?

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Old 01-20-2015, 06:51 PM
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If you can, you may pull his eyelid up a bit and see if maybe he got something in his eye to make it swollen. Like a seed casing, or something else...

Could be causing irritation to the eye.
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I had the same issue with my Parrotlet a few months ago. I took her to the vet and he gave me a antibacterial ointment for her eye that I had to put on 2 x a day for 10 days. When I was asking around I got some great advise for other more natural treatments. One is a collita (sp?) l silver spray called Sovereign Silver which you can buy online. I got mine from Amazon. It came too late for treatment but I have it on hand incase it happens again. Look online for natural treatments in the meantime until you can get your bird to a vet. Also aloe vera 99.9% is also recommended.
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Simply use a sterile saline solution to rinse his eye out three or four times a day until you can get him to the vet.
The saline will soothe the eye some and if there does happen to be an seed hull or other irritant in the eye, hopefully the solution will rinse it out as well.

Please let us know how he's doing once you've taken him to the vet.
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thanks for the ideas. I will certainly see if I can take a closer look to check for any foreign objects. I like the aloe vera idea, I will do a bit more reading. He hates being handled (never liked it even as a baby) but I think I should be able to hold him still long enough.

I was able to get an appointment with the vet for tomorrow at 5pm so hopefully the vet is able to help and he won't be in too much discomfort for much longer.
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Any update on Silvio? How's he doing today?
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This was my Bella when she had conjunctivitis I felt so bad for her. She looked so uncomfortable. She has made a full recovery though now and just hope she never gets it again. I hated to give her the ointment but luckily she is handtame and was able to do it with no problems. I'd say if your baby is not hand tame if the vet could give you some kind of spray or drops to make it a bit easier. I like the silver because it comes in a spray, also I heard great results with the aloe. If you can find it and put it in a spray bottle it might be easier for you. Good Luck!
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If he may be a carrier of psticosis I would be very very worried that he has sore eyes as that is one of the symptoms of it... Can you get him tested? Good luck at the vets!
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Oh dear, poor Bella, glad she got fully better. That's almost exactly what Silvio's eye looks like, a bit more swollen that that even. I also hope the vet is able to give me something that will be easy to apply. Although worst case scenario would be I'd have to keep him in the small travel cage I have where it is easy to catch him, but he would hate that as my budgies are used to having the freedom of a whole room to fly in. But he would just have to put up with it for a while until he gets better.
He's doing OK today about the same, was enjoying his carrot this morning with great gusto.
I will definitely ask the vet about testing for psittacosis as I was planning to get a few more budgies in the near future so would definitely want to make sure anything is treated before I brought new ones in.
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When I got home this afternoon to prepare Silvio for the vet I noticed the swelling had gotten a little worse.
I just got back from the vet and unfortunately it was the worst news I could have gotten. His eye had suffered a physical trauma and had glaucoma where the fluid has kept building up in his eye. He would have been in a lot of pain despite his bravado so along with the vet we decided the best thing to do for him was to send him to the rainbow bridge.

I am very sad for his loss. But also I am glad he is not in pain any longer.

I am not sure what may have caused the injury but the vet said it could have been a number of things. The room in which my budgies live I have bird proofed as best I can but unfortunately you can't protect from everything. Could have been an accidental too-hard peck from one of his buddies just hitting the wrong spot.
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