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My budgie, Mango, has been a little different these past few days. She has been less playful with her buddy and with her toys. She looks puffy and is puffing her feathers a lot more then normal. She sometimes shivers.
It also looks like she is vomiting? Ruby, her buddy, eats whatever she vomits sometimes. I don't know what is wrong with her?

She is still eating and drinking.

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The sign's you describe sound like illness. How do her dropping's look, and is she showing any sign's of molting ? If she is not finishing a molt or starting one, I would get her to an avian vet for diagnosis and treatment.
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Her dropping's look normal and she isn't molting. I'll have to find an avian vet (: Thanks!
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In the meantime, put a heating pad or hot water bottle on one half of her cage so that she can stay as warm as necessary but can also escape the heat if she gets too hot.

You can also play her soothing music, offer her lots of millet (dip it in electrolyte solutions, like Pedialyte or Gatorade if she isn't eating a lot) and egg food, and give her lots of water in different water bottles. You can feed her probiotics in her food or directly if your brand allows (I use Harrison's Booster, which you can feed directly or put on seed mix, and my Sammy does great with it). If she's sneezing or has any discharge from her cere or eyes, she might have a respiratory infection (she would also breathe heavily and "bob" her tail when at rest). In that case, you can put a boiling kettle under a sheet to make a steam tent around her cage or take her into the bathroom and run the hot shower to get it steamy for her. This will help her breathe better. If she doesn't appear to have a respiratory infection, it might be bacterial (as you said she is vomiting). Try to keep her hydrated and ask your vet to do a crop and fecal smear.

Take pictures of her droppings for your vet (you can even post pictures of what she looks like on here so that we can try to help you while you're getting an appointment) and a list of her symptoms. If she's tame, you can weigh her with a kitchen scale to see if she's losing weight.

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