Hi all, sorry for my absence. I'm ridiculously busy with school this year, I barely get time to eat!
Anyway, Nala and Chip seem to not be feeling the greatest. My roommate was looking after them for me for a couple of weeks while I was sick and while she did a great job giving them attention and food, she wasn't great about cleaning their cage. I think it got done once weekly. Either way, it was a bit of a mess so I scrubbed the whole thing out in the shower and cleaned all their perches, toys, and dishes, but since then, they haven't really been themselves.
It looked like they were getting ready to molt, they lost some feathers and got that scruffy look about them, but then it stopped. Their poops have been quite watery and soft. The urine is yellow or clear. Plus, I noticed yesterday that they drank their entire water silo in a day. Normally, they drink maybe a third, usually less. It also takes them longer to get moving in the morning. They sleep in longer and are pretty lethargic until around noon.I haven't noticed any weight changes, but I don't have a scale. My lovebird shares out of cage time with them all day and he's fine, so I don't think it's anything environmental. I'm wondering if he might also be drinking their water. I'm planning on staying home tomorrow to keep an eye on them and see what I notice.
Just wondering, can anyone think of anything that might be causing this? They're protected from drafts, the heat is always on, and they spend most of their day hanging out on the window. Is it possible they caught a draft through the window that is making them ill? I'm a little stumped as to what it could be and my vet doesn't have any openings for two weeks so I'd like to try and treat them from home if possible, there's no other avian vet in my province.
Firstly I am glad you are feeling better, your budgies would of been feeling stressed as you were not there as normal this in itself can make them off colour.
can you get some probiotics, give them some apple cider vinegar in their water it has to have Mother in it though to be beneficial.
I would definitely make the appointment for them to be checked though.
Keep them warm and offer them greens and egg and biscuit mix as well get yourself a gram scale it is a great tool to have in these type of situations.