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Old 06-27-2016, 08:35 PM
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Good morning guys!

I'm back with my new baby boy, Aero! He's an adorable little thing but I'm a bit worried about him. See, his feathers are my first worry, they are so depreciated, even for moulting budgies (which I believe he is going through his baby moult).

He also has a bald patch on his tummy, which I believe is from being in with babies that were being hand reared. He ended up being the 'dad', feeding them and teaching them to perch and was apparently constantly tormented by them for food and attention, like a parent bird.

My other worry, is his poos. They were super funny yesterday but now they are massive and dark, but not black!

He also eats, REALLY loud, but I don't know if that's just him or something up with his beak. He also stumbles a LOT over his little feet but can hover in mid-air flying.

He's completely hand raised, so he's more comfortable with me than in his cage. He's eating seed, millet, and a couple pellets (which he was on originally). And he's bathed in my hand under the tap! Yay! He's already beak tapping and making eye contact and wanting to constantly be with me.

I'm just watching him close as there was what I suspect to be French Moult and mites in another cage at the breeders.

I do know the drill with new budgies, in cage, partly covered move slowly and don't rush things, but he is so uncomfortable in his cage currently that he starts to shake and wheeze. Where as out, he's perfectly happy.

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Old 06-27-2016, 08:46 PM
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With regard to the runny poop, that may be because he's still stressed from the move and being in a new environment.

How long have you had him home now?

His feathers don't look that bad to me.
It just appears he's molting. Could you post a picture of him from the front so we can see the tummy area you mentioned?

If there were mites at the breeder, there is a good chance Aero will end up with them as well.

I would suggest you make an appointment with the Avian Vet for a check-up. The Avian Vet will be able to make a better determination with regard to his feathers and it would be best to ensure he is in good health.

Avian Vets have special training to determine the cause of symptoms resulting from illness or trauma. This is important as "regular" vets will often overlook symptoms that are quickly obvious to an Avian Vet.
When you rely on anyone who has not had training in Avian diagnosis and care, you may be delaying effective treatment. This can prolong suffering that may be avoidable.
The bird will often require a more intense, prolonged treatment with a poorer chance of full recovery than it would have if you seek prompt professional diagnosis and treatment at the first sign of illness.

Distinction between an Avian Vet and a Vet that "Will See Birds"

Having your new budgie examined by an Avian Vet allows you to develop a good relationship with the vet in case your bird needs care for an injury or illness in the future. Additionally, it is always helpful for the vet to have a baseline for your bird to refer to should it need future treatment.
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Thanks for your reply.

I picked him up yesterday and he still has a plane ride to go through, so he is no where near settled in and unstressed. When he starts singing and talking again, then I'll know he's less stressed. (He was almost at words and constantly talking at the woman I got him from)

Appointment was booked with a budgie specialist before I even got him. can't really get a photo of his tummy as you can't see it when he's not wet after a bath. But here's the general area:



I agree that runny poos can be from stress, but he had them at the woman I got him from as well but he'd been getting a lot of kale and celery there as well.

Currently, he has no scaly mites and no indication of eggs or getting them. His cere and beak area are very clean.




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Awww, he's a cute little guy!
I'm glad you have an appointment set up with an Avian Vet already.

Stumbling over his feet at this stage is normal.
It sometimes takes baby budgies awhile to get their coordination.

I'm sure that you are going to give sweet little Aero the best care possible.
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Thanks FaeryBee!

I made sure it was the first thing I did because if he brought something into the house that hurt my little Bluebell Id be devastated. We've still got our quarantine time before they meet but even airborne and in the house scares me.

Good to know about his feet. He's not used to perches, as he had concrete swings and the ground with the fledglings.

Thanks again for the vote of confidence. I really appreciate it.




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Old 06-27-2016, 09:21 PM
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I know you'll do great - the fact that you lined up an appointment before picking Aero up demonstrates what a responsible birdie-Mom you are!

And, I'll look forward to seeing lots more pictures of little Aero (and Bluebell)!

I'm going to move your thread out of "Emergency" into "Budgie Health".
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AWH what a cutie, I am sure he will settle down. Lets us know how the vet visit goes with him please.
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Aero is gorgeous!
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He's very sweet! I'm sure he'll settle into things better in a few days, once he realises his nice comfy cage is for him

Let us know how the vet visit goes
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