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Hello all!
My youngish (about 8-9 months old) budgie, Noodle, has become very sleepy and fluffy all the time. He still eats and drinks, but as soon as he has finished jumping around the cage hes immediately fluffs up again. Even if (he's not exactly tame) you go up to the cage and make him move around, he just perches and fluffs again.
He also has a slightly pasted vent. I know this is an immediate cause for concern and action but there are no avian-specific vets in my area at all, in order to get to one I would either have to drive for 6+ hours or fly.
Are there any tips available for what to do in the mean time, until we get him to a normal vet?

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Keep Noodle warm and give him Guardian Angel or Pedialyte. You can use it in place of his regular water.

https://talkbudgies.com/articles-budg...te-recipe.html

The Guardian Angel/Pedialyte will help balance his electrolytes. It should encourage him to drink more which should help with the pasting of the vent.

Are you able to easily handle Noodle?
If there is a build up of fecal matter around his vent area, use a cloth or cotton ball soaked in warm (not hot) water to loosen and remove it.

Wishing little Noodle a full and speedy recovery!
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Keep Noodle warm and give him Guardian Angel or Pedialyte. You can use it in place of his regular water.

https://talkbudgies.com/articles-budg...te-recipe.html

The Guardian Angel/Pedialyte will help balance his electrolytes. It should encourage him to drink more which should help with the pasting of the vent.

Are you able to easily handle Noodle?
If there is a build up of fecal matter around his vent area, use a cloth or cotton ball soaked in warm (not hot) water to loosen and remove it.

Wishing little Noodle a full and speedy recovery!
Thank you so much! I will do this immediately! will it matter if the other budgie in the cage eats the electrolyte millet as well? or should I have them separated?
I'm not able to easily handle Noodle but I can pick him up if its absolutely necessary, but I would rather not stress him too much? or should I clean his vent as soon as possible?
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Hi Lena I hope Noodle feels better soon!

It is perfectly fine for the other budgie if he has some of the electrolyte millet, it won't hurt him.

I would give Noodle some time to see if he eats some millet and drinks a bit more, which may help him pass his stools. If after a bit, he doesn't look any cleaner, then it may be necessary to pick him up and clean him off a bit.
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Hi Lena I hope Noodle feels better soon!

It is perfectly fine for the other budgie if he has some of the electrolyte millet, it won't hurt him.

I would give Noodle some time to see if he eats some millet and drinks a bit more, which may help him pass his stools. If after a bit, he doesn't look any cleaner, then it may be necessary to pick him up and clean him off a bit.
Put the millet into his cage a few hours ago and both Noodle and Jojo seem to be enjoying it I will monitor Noodle closely for the next few days and will clean his vent if it doesn't get any better
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If you are using the pedialyte soaked millet, then be sure to use regular water in the water dish.

Please be sure to update us with regard to how Noodle is doing.
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If you are using the pedialyte soaked millet, then be sure to use regular water in the water dish.

Please be sure to update us with regard to how Noodle is doing.
i'm so sorry for the long break, we were out of wifi for a while

with the electrolyte soaked millet, Noodle really perked up but was still a little sleepy and puffed up. I kept a new batch in the cage for a few days and Jojo enjoyed it too, however now that I've taken it out, Noodle has returned to being lethargic and fluffed, although his vent pasting has decreased, it's still there a tiny bit. Noodle is still eating his normal seed and fresh greens and such, but i am worried about putting the millet back in the cage as i do not want Noodle to get unhealthy off it, or for Jojo to get fat from eating it too.

Any tips on what I could do? It there another way to have the electrolyte in the cage? for example, in the water?

Thank you all so much for your help to far,
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Yes, you can use the pedialyte instead of regular water but using it is NOT a cure for his illness.
The pedialyte only helps to ensure he is eating and drinking.

Since Noodle has been ill for several days, you really do need to have him seen by a vet for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan as soon as possible.
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Yes, you can use the pedialyte instead of regular water but using it is NOT a cure for his illness.
The pedialyte only helps to ensure he is eating and drinking.

Since Noodle has been ill for several days, you really do need to have him seen by a vet for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan as soon as possible.
Thank you! yes- I am still working on finding a vet who knows even the smallest amount about birds. I was doing some research today and cam across information about budgies who have low blood sugar, is it at all possible that Noodle has this? Anyway, I will get him to a general vet asap

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Perhaps these will help you.
At the very least, you can contact them for references if necessary.

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