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Old 03-07-2015, 03:12 PM
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I just got this little guy (hope he`s a male) from PETCO, one week ago, and when we arrived home, we noticed that he`s vent area was yellowish and poop sticked there. Also the feathers around the area were kinda wet and you could see the pink skin. We left him alone for 2-3 days. He didn`t drink much water in that time, and not cleaning his feathers. We decided to clean him with some warm water (with a cotton disc and put a little olive oil). He was all good for a few days, he started drinking water and also cleaning himself. Let`s say for two days he`s clean, but 3rd day poop sticks again (not every time), until he cleans himself. The poop looks normal, not watery. The area was not pink as it was in the beggining and the feathers are not wet, just yellowish. We talked at PETCO today, and they said that if it seems that he has problems, we can take him back as a return, they will take him to a vet, and if there are no problems with him, they will give it back to us, but if there are problems, we will just get a refund. The thing is that I`m afraid that if we take him back so the doctor can check him, they (the store), will rather give away the bird instead of taking him to the vet (it will be cheaper for them). I really want this little guy, he is so active, noisy and friendly. Can it be just a matter of time until he will be "normal", it can be just the adjusment? or he really needs to see a vet? at the store they didn`t have a lot of perches, they were walking on the "floor".
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Here is how they are kept at the store(my little one is on the right, in the food bowl):




Second day at home:


After a few days, he already started acting up:




After one cleaning:



This is today:
NO FLASH


FLASH



Different position

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Old 03-07-2015, 04:54 PM
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Well, I don't think you should listen to what PETCO says, because budgies are not supposed to live on a carpet behind glass, as you know. I'm glad you posted the picture of how it is there, though.

The messy rump can be a symptom of pretty much anything. You can give him a couple of days with low stress, enough food and water etc, but you might want to give him a real check up. It might harm the taming process, so I think you should try to do as I mentioned above, because it might just be stress from the shop.

It looks like a hen to me Anyway, he/she has such a lovely colour! In case you don't already know, it's fully grown up and might be hard to tame. He/she is also an opaline, but I'm not good with colours.

If you take him back to the shop, they won't get the bird help, they'll just adopt him/her to someone who doesn't notice the rump.

I hope everything will work out fine for you.
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Hi there! I think that it's always a good idea to get a budgie checked out by your avian vet when he or she comes home - in this case, I think it's a she as well, but it will be easier to tell in a front photo of the cere without flash.

Regarding the vent, the discoloration of the feathers might have been caused by the bird going to the bathroom and the essentially sitting close to the droppings. Since it looks like there aren't a lot of perches in the Petco photo, and they aren't very high, this could be part of the problem. Your bird will also be stressed for a while at her new home, so it's normal for droppings to be a bit more watery, but she should not be puffed up, overly sleepy, or display any other signs of an ill bird.

I would put her on a probiotic immediately (I use Harrison's Booster) and start putting seeds or pellets - whichever you choose - and fresh fruit and veggies everyday. Some egg food will also help her energy during this stressful time of coming home.

If you don't see improvement within a week, or if you notice any other symptoms of illness, I'd take her to an avian vet immediately.

Good luck and I hope that she will adjust quickly to her new home!
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Here are some close pictures to his/her nose(maybe we figure it out if it`s a male or female):


The cere looks pink/purple/blue




and this is the one I already have for 8 months


He/She is not fluffy at all, not even sleepy, really active all day long. I keep them separatly for now, I got a 40 inch cage for later.
I don`t know much about the age, for me, doesn`t look like he/she had the first molt, still have some stripes on the head., that means he/she is under 4 months?

I started to feed the female with pellets one week ago but I`m not sure if she`s eating them, because they are mixed with seeds.
I feed them with seeds and pellets. The older one is already eating fruits and veggies. Also cuttle bone and treats (millets).

Can you please send me a link with the probiotic (harrison`s booster)? thank you
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Congratulations on your new budgie! Looking at all of the pictures I am also of the opinion that you have a young budgie girl. And you are very right in assuming she is below 4 months old.
She hasn't gone through her first moult yet, since she is an opaline budgie, her baby barring on the forehead area is reversed and hardly visible, but it's there and she still has the fully black baby eyes and the baby throat spots.

Your older budgie is also a beautiful female and you do well in quarantining the new budgie.

She appears to be in good shape, her eyes are bright and alert. Most likely her poops will go back to normal soon as she gets more settled in her new home and the staining will go away. You can offer her a birdie bathtub in case she wants to bathe.

Good luck with your new budgie!
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New pics taken with a Professional Camera, the one above are taken with the phone






Ok. so it seems that it`s a girl. I really hope those two will get along
I put her a bowl with water on the bottom of the cage but didn`t want to bath (it was just after a few days I got her). She really likes alot to stay on the bottom of the cage, I don`t like this too much, but also sits on the highest perch while sleeping.
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She is a lovely budgie and I am sure she will be very happy in her forever home. two hens can get along fine I would not add a lone male though as that could cause some problems.
Give them both time to get to know each other and see how they interact .
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Could just be stress, but my bird from petco had the same thing and had a occult bacterial infection. I'd call and talk to them, petcos offer free vet services within 30 days of buying.
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He may just be scared. My snowflake I got from petco had bad poop when i brought her home and it cleared up in about a week. I add vitamin drops to my birds water that does wonders. Actually all my birds had the same issues when i first brought them home and it cleared up. I suspect i was feeding them better also I would not return him but take him to a vet or make sure you give him a nutritious diet. I am rather positive the store do not take their birds to a vet. It is cheaper to let their birds die. If you love your bird do your best for him.

I say make sure she has lots of water, add some vitamins to her food. give veges if possible and it will most likely clear up. If she is acting sick or it does not clear up take her to a vet

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Well, I don't think you should listen to what PETCO says, because budgies are not supposed to live on a carpet behind glass, as you know. I'm glad you posted the picture of how it is there, though.

The messy rump can be a symptom of pretty much anything. You can give him a couple of days with low stress, enough food and water etc, but you might want to give him a real check up. It might harm the taming process, so I think you should try to do as I mentioned above, because it might just be stress from the shop.

It looks like a hen to me Anyway, he/she has such a lovely colour! In case you don't already know, it's fully grown up and might be hard to tame. He/she is also an opaline, but I'm not good with colours.

If you take him back to the shop, they won't get the bird help, they'll just adopt him/her to someone who doesn't notice the rump.

I hope everything will work out fine for you.

I do not think its carpet, its pellets of somesort. i got my birds from petco. In general petco takes pretty good care of their birds more so than petsmart. I have no regrets. I love my petco budgies. All of mine but 1 are from petco
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