My very healthy one-year old budgie a bit under the weather today. I noticed yesterday (day before?) that his poops were ploppy, but he had been eating more veggies than usual, and he is also coming out of a molt.
Last night (and again this morning), I noticed that some of his poops were 100% (dark solids and white urates), and others were solid but very khaki green in colour. Later this morning and early afternoon, they turned to water. Pure, solid, water (no dark solids, no solid whites, etc). You could drop water beside the poop and not be able to tell the difference.
He then got fluffy and VERY tired looking (closing his eyes while sitting puffy, and tucking his head for naps - which is rare for him during the day).
He remained like that for a few hours, and now that my kids are home from school he has perked up dramatically. Right now he's flying from my daughters shoulder to his cage to chirp at his mirror, then back to her shoulder (repeat).
The problem though is that there is NO vet in my area who knows ANYTHING about birds.
I have cleaned his cage COMPLETELY (to monitor the poops), and have been changing the water a few times a day (adding a few drops of ACV to each change).
He seems really happy right now (happily chirping and talking to his mirror), but a few hours ago he looked downright sick.
As far as I know, he had a good sleep last night so I don't think he's just overtired... And the worst of the molt happened last week, so I don't think that's it either.
I WAS concerned though when I went out a few nights ago. My husband put him (and our kids) to bed, and when I woke up in the morning I saw that a small tray of veggie mash was left in his cage overnight (it looked untouched, but leaving food overnight to spoil -and maybe get eaten in the morning- is a big no no).
Is there anything else I can do? ACV in water... Cage in a warm quiet corner with his vitamin D light on...?
Can someone suggest how to add heat to the cage without the use of an electric heater (which we don't have) or cranking the heat to the whole house?
Firstly you don't need to apologise about your post ever, please remember that !
AS far as heating goes you can purchase a heating mat made especially for the job, or in an emergency you can use the old fashioned hot water bottle even an old sock filled with salt and heat in microwave will work!
Remember to cover it thought and not have too hot.
If your budgie has been going through a molt, and eating different foods these signs are typical what you are describing.
Of course in saying this one can not know for certain unless a visit to the vet is done. If I were you I would purchase some probiotics to sprinkle over his seed as well, I buy from the pet store but you can get them online if need be .
I'm in Canada, so I find it sometimes hard to find what I need (like avian probiotics).
He is acting back to his usual self (currently sitting on my shoulder talking up a STORM, flying from family member to family member to sing to them as well), but the poops... Oh man. They're SO SCARY. In 10 minutes, they went from a drop of pure water, to a SLIMY blob, to a khaki green colored solid, back to a slimy blob...
Ugh. He's preening himself a LOT as well. MUCH more than usual.
This has happened once before, so I'm not worried, but he really honest-to-God looked SICK this afternoon.
Maybe someone can suggest an emergency kit for such situations? Probiotics would be in it (but please be specific on brand, as I don't know what I'm looking for)... ACV... What else?