I recently returned from the avian vet with one of my budgies, Bonnie. She normally lives outside in the aviary with 5 other budgies. She's about 5 years old.
She has developed a pronounced noise when she breathes, sometimes it is just a slight clicking noise and sometimes it is quite a loud squeak.
Our vet has diagnosed that she has a tumor that is basically pushing against either her trachea or one of the upper air sacs, that is causing the squeaking noise. He doesn't believe it is causing her any pain at this point. She does not have a tail bob, so apart from the noise she is otherwise breathing normally.
So, we have brought her home so she can live out the rest of her days, she's been brought back inside where it is warmer. She was actually already an inside bird for the first 2 years of her life, so she seems OK back in her old cage. We will monitor her for any signs that she is starting to have difficulty breathing (as the most important thing to me is that she does not suffer). I have brought her boyfriend from the aviary inside as well (Bob) so that she has some company. Bob is a little bit unsure of the cage at this point (he's only ever been in the aviary) but I'm sure he'll adapt soon.
I'm wondering if anyone has any suggestions on ways I can make her remaining life more comfortable?
I'm thinking that she might like some sort of flat platform in the cage to sit on? As I know that budgies with tumors can have trouble balancing in the later stages.
Any other suggestions most welcome