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Old 03-11-2018, 11:20 AM
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Hi everyone,

I got my budgie two weeks ago. He is very young. The pet store did not tell how old he is but I suppose he is at most 7 weeks old now. He has always been quiet and not eating too much. (I am comparing it to my previous budgie that I kept for a month and took him back to the pet store because he did not warm up to me. The pet store told me that he was three months old). So, I don't have much experience with raising budgies. Since this budgie is so young and new to his environment, I don't expect him to be so active all the time. He has been warming up to me and stepping up on my finger recently.

When I brought him home from the pet store, I realized that there is some bald spot on his head. I thought it was due to stress or other birds' intervening and I did not mind it that much. Please see the attached photo.

Five days ago, I put some lukewarm water in his bath and let him have a bath. But he got wetter than I intended, perhaps due to the amount of water in his bath. I took him very close to the radiator so that he could get dry quickly. He did get dry in about 20 minutes and everything was fine. The room temperature is always between 74 - 78 degrees in my house.

However, after five days I realized that his wings are shivering, he looks so tired and lethargic, and his head falls down very low when he is napping or sleeping, something that I have not observed before, as if he doesn't have the strength to keep his head up. He never had a huge appetite (again I am comparing him to my previous budgie), but I realized that he is not eating enough. I have been hand-feeding him but if I don't feed him, he is not looking for food in his cage. He is very selective of what he is eating. He doesn't eat anything other than millet. I realized that he can't crack the millet well (the pet store told me that it is due to him being so young), so I got him unshelled millet, he doesn't eat it either.

Unfortunately, there is no avian veterinary where I live so I can't take him for a check-up. I got him some vitamins and minerals that I am mixing with his water with the hope that he will recover quickly if he is sick.

I took a video of him shivering. The video doesn't capture his wings shivering very well. I think it is due to how many frames my phone can capture in a second. But, he really is shivering a lot and it is very noticeable. Please pay attention to the seconds 14-20. (Link to video: https://youtu.be/Dl-VuMjSakY)

My questions: Did my bird catch a cold after his bath and his wings are shivering because he is sick? He doesn't have anything wrong around eyes or cere/nasal area. Or, is it due to stress/depression and being alone? I spend plenty of time with him everyday.

If he is sick, how can I treat him?

Is the bald spot something that I should be worried about?

Are there any other recommendations?

He is a very sweet little boy and I like him so much. He has been a great companion to me. I am terrified that he may not get well. Please help.

Thanks!
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Old 03-11-2018, 04:05 PM
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Is there a vet nearby that is willing to see birds? Even one that isn't an avian veterinarian can call another vet to ask what their opinion is. I have not seen this wing-shivering- I would take him to a vet if you can.
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I agree with Hunterkat that he needs to be checked by a vet, are there any vets that see exotics you can get to, they usually have someone on staff that sees birds. Was he hatched at the pet shop or do they obtain their birds from elsewhere? Since he is young is it possible that he was not fully weaned when you got him, that might explain his not eating well, aside from the fact that he may be ill. As for the bald spot, it is possible that if he was in a cage with other birds that he was being picked on by them which resulted in the feather loss. In your video he does not look well during that 14-20 second part, not only is he shivering but his wings are drooping. Do his droppings look normal?
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Hi there and to the forums!

You've been given great advice! Despite not having access to an avian vet, he still needs to be looked at. He doesn't sound old enough to have left the nest so he's most likely very stressed. The bald spot is from being plucked, in the nest his parents or another bird must have picked on him.

Be sure to go through the many forum's many articles and stickies that we have here! If you have any questions after reading through everything, be sure to ask as we'd love to help.

Please keep us posted on how your little one is doing. I hope you're able to find someone who is a vet that will look at him.

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While it is very challenging for people who live in countries with no Avian Vets, there are steps you can take to help ensure your budgies' health.

With the right motivation, you can work with a regular or veterinarian to get the proper care for your budgie(s).

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.

When you develop a good relationship with a regular veterinarian, that individual can collaborate via telephone or Skype with Avian Veterinarians in other countries if necessary to get assistance in appropriate diagnosing and prescribing treatment for your Avian companions.

In the meantime, give your budgie Guardian Angel or Pedialyte. You can make your own if necessary -- look at this link for the information:

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