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Hi Iím new to this site. We have a small aviary in the garden and 2 budgies in the house. Our one boy was the most wonderful talker and very friendly but 2 weeks ago he started making strange croaking noises firstly in the late evening but as he is an excellent mimic we thought he was copying his swing creaking.

He then stopped talking and the croaking was more or less continuous but a lot quieter. Took him to an avian vet last Tuesday who checked his lungs said they were clear and gave us Baytril for him.

Giving him this is very distressful for him and us but also thereís been no improvement at all in fact heís now showing more signs of illness by fluffing up his feathers. His droppings are normal and heís eating and drinking normally too.

Could he have a fungal infection as my husband said vet spent less than 5mins checking him and we donít think she was thorough enough.

We are keeping him as warm as possible and his cage is always cleaned out daily and fresh water given. We are really worried about our little man. Heís always been the most joyful bird. Does anyone else have these kind of symptoms in their birds please?

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I'm very sorry to hear your little boy is sick.
What is his name?

Baytril can sometimes take a few days before it begins working but it concerns me that you indicate his symptoms have become worse.
Have you contacted the Avian Vet via phone to let her know about the decline in his condition?

When you contact her, I'd ask why she did not do a crop swab and a fecal test.
If you are feeling uncomfortable with that vet, then I'd strongly suggest you take your little boy to someone else for a second opinion.

An Avian Physical Exam should be thorough and tests run to determine the exact type of infection.

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Hi, thank you for reply. The problem with taking Jasper( thatís his name) to another avian vet is that we donít have one within 50 miles. Thereís only one practise which deal mainly with exotics but say they are avian vets too. They travel around the country to various vet practices on certain days of the week.

I will phone them tomorrow and tell them heís worse and also ask why he wasnít examined as youíve mentioned. Weíre keeping him as warm as possible and checking heís eating and drinking and that his droppings are so far normal.

Giving him the Baytril is incredibly stressful for us all but I guess weíll have to keep it up for now.

Will let you know what the vet says tomorrow
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Try to remain as calm and relaxed as possible when you administer the Baytril to Jasper.
I know how challenging that can be.

In the meantime, you can give him some millet soaked in Guardian Angel/Pedialyte solution.
That will not counteract the Baytril and will help to balance Jasper's electrolytes.

You can view information about it in this link:

https://www.talkbudgies.com/articles-...te-recipe.html
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Hi there and to the forums!

You've been given great advice. I'm sorry to hear that your little Jasper is sick, but you're doing the right things so far. I hope that he starts to feel better soon

Meanwhile, you've come to the very best place to learn even more about budgies. Be sure to read through all the articles and "stickies" (threads "stuck" to the top of each subforum for easy reference) to ensure you have all the right information to care for your little ones.

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Please keep us posted on how little Jasper is doing!

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