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Old 10-18-2016, 03:02 AM
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Hi everyone,
I am new here and would love if someone could help me out with some information to help my little Skittie.

She seemed fine sometime back, but yesterday as I was playing with her, I noticed that one of her nostrils was smaller than the other one. I am not sure how to go about it as we don't have an avian vet nearby.
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Old 10-18-2016, 05:42 AM
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Hi and welcome to the forum! I see what you mean by one nare being smaller, but as far as I can tell this is just how she was born. Keep an eye on it and if anything develops then I would begin to grow concerned xx
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The nostril can in fact start to close when getting clogged up and also when the area starts to swell.
Have you been noticing any wet sneezes on your budgie and does she have heavier, laboured breathing (pronounced tail bob)?

Given the information you have given about your other budgie that got sick and ended up passing away, if Tweety was missing feathers around the eye and the area was inflamed, then she could have had a serious respiratory infection or sinus infection.
Tweety may very well have passed the illness to Skittie.
If all of 3 budgies are currently housed together, it would be best to quarantine Skittie in hopes that the illness hasn't yet been spread onto all of your budgies.

I also don't have an avian vet in my town and have to travel long distance with my birds whenever it's needed.
It would truly be in Skittie's (and the rest of your flock) best interests to have her seen by a qualified avian vet professional for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. Depending on the outcome your whole flock may very well need to be medicated if they have been in full contact with Tweety.

I hope all goes with Skittie and your flock.
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We have several members here from India. One of the things that is challenging seems to be the fact there are few Avian Vets in your country.

Because of this, you will want to do as much research as you can and learn as much about budgies and the best practices for their care so you can provide your little ones with the best possible life.

We have a member in India who has done this and has developed a great relationship with a regular vet. With the member's research and the vet's collaboration, they have found ways of providing care for her budgie that she would have not been able to manage otherwise.

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Thank you all for a quick response.
The breathing seems normal and I haven't noticed any wet sneezes as yet. They all are playing actively.

I also took them all to a bird hospital today, the doctor says nothing to worry about.

Though he has still given some basic vitamins and a medicine for liver for a few days, just in case.

Will keep them under close observation though.

PS: have attached Skittie's pic when I got her. Somehow the nare seems okay here.
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Skittle is a very cute little budgie!

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Hi all,
I am back, with just a little info and a question.

We are planning to let go of our little friends. I mean let them be free with other birds. There is a small forest area where there are a lot of little birds, I'm sure they will make new friends there.

Just need to know if it is a good idea.
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No -- please do NOT set your budgies free in the wild.
Why would you even consider doing so? Your budgies are not equipped to survive outdoors.

If you are unable to care properly for your budgies, you are much better off to rehome them to someone who can take care of them and give them to a safe and loving home.

If you are unable to do that, you can always take them to a zoo or an Animal Rescue Center.
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I completely agree with Faerybee.
Having been born in captivity, your budgies have not learned the skills needed to survive in the wild. There are far too many dangers to them from predators, food supply, skills needed to survive and poisonous plants, weather etc.

Please please find them a good home instead.
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Setting a pet bird free to fend off for itself on the wild should never be an option for very obvious reasons which have already been stated.

It's truly unfortunate that you seem to be so overwhelmed by your budgies to even consider such a drastic measure.
The best option you have in terms of giving your flock the best chance at a happy life would be to find them a good, loving home with owners who are responsible and experienced in taking care of pet birds and of catering to all of their needs, including medical ones.
This is exactly why a new pet bird owner should not jump into getting multiple birds without having a good grasp of the species beforehand, it is to prevent situations like this one.

I'm wishing your flock all the best.
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