Hi folks, I've never used this forum before but I'm hoping to get some advice. Our male budgie seems to be under the weather and I'm fearing the worst.
He's usually very sprightly, naughty even! He flies everywhere, lands on our heads etc but he's been very listless for the past few days.
Instead of jumping all over the place in his cage, he's just sitting in the bottom of the cage all the time, sleeping almost constantly.
His flying ability is usually fantastic but he's now flying very low, and only very short distances. When his companion is in the cage too, he sits pressed against her as if he's squashing her.
He seems to be puffed up and ruffled all the time too - and almost seems slightly floppy when he sits in my hand.
Does anyone have any idea what it could be and if we can help him?
Thanks in advance.
I'm sorry to alarm you, but your budgie sounds very unwell. These are all signs of illness, and since budgies are so good at hiding when they're feeling poorly, for him to be showing this clearly he's probably quite a ways along.
Others may chime in with palliative care, but it's very important that you get your budgie to an avian vet ASAP. If you do not already have an avian vet, this link includes some helpful links so you can find one. Additionally, if you let us know where you live (roughly), there may be a nearby forum member who could recommend one.
Thanks for your quick reply Cheese...
Unfortunately that link didn't bring anything up for our area. Is anyone aware of any avian vets in Scotland? We live in a town called Falkirk in Central Scotland if anyone can help?
You might try calling a local vet and asking if they know of any avian vets nearby.
Meanwhile, until someone more knowledgeable shows up, if you have a travel cage or secondary small cage, you can make a "hospital" room for your sick budgie. Give him low perches and put a comfy towel on the floor (and cover with newspaper so his nails don't get caught). Make sure his food and water are easy to reach from a low height. If you have a hot-water bottle or heating pad, place it nearby to provide extra warmth. Make sure he's out of any drafts.
You can add a little sugar-free electrolyte drink to his drinking water to help bolster his energy.
Thank you all for your help - and the vet recommendation. We've been taking it in turns sitting with him cuddled up into our chests with a towel around him, (something we'd NEVER get away with normally). Just praying he makes it through the night so we can see if this vet can help tomorrow.