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My blue budgie (in back) is swollen in the body and head. He kinda feels like there is water underneath his skin, basically he is bloated. He avoids our touch more than he usually does but is otherwise healthy. He was fine the evening before too. There aren't any lumps, his wings, feet, behavior, cere, beak, skin, and feathers look to be healthy. He has chirped and flapped his wings a couple times and has plenty of energy when we interact with him. Inside the cage, he becomes sluggish as he usually does, but has still eaten and interacted with our other budgie as he normally does. Our other budgie is fine so it's not an enviromental or diet problem. I can't find any information on whatever is wrong with him so... halp
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Hi! to Talk Budgies

You need to have your budgie seen by an Avian Vet right away.
Avian Vets have special training to determine the cause of symptoms resulting from illness or trauma.
This is important as "regular" vets will often overlook symptoms that are quickly obvious to an Avian Vet.
When you rely on anyone who has not had training in Avian diagnosis and care, you may be delaying effective treatment.
This can prolong suffering that may be avoidable.
The bird will often require a more intense, prolonged treatment with a poorer chance of full recovery than it would have if you seek prompt professional diagnosis and treatment at the first sign of illness.

Additionally, I recommend you replace the wooden dowel perches in your budgies' cage with natural wood perches of varying diameters to help prevent pressure sores.

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Hi welcome to the forum . Your budgie is not “bloated”, but more accurately, his feathers are puffed up. Since you are seeing this more frequently than normal, this could be the first indication of an illness. The fact that he is still acting normal most of the time, is because he is not so ill that he can no longer hide it.

NOW is the time to take your budgie to an avian vet or at least a vet who is experienced in birds. If you need help locating one, please let us know. Once a bird starts showing more obvious signs that they are ill, it might be too late. We as forum members can not diagnose and tell you what medicine to use. You need to get a proper diagnosis from your vet, and if anything is wrong, your vet will provide medication and instructions for you.

Please read the links provided to you above by FaeryBee. Also the forum Stickies and Articles. There you’ll find answers to many basic questions, and learn of the best care for your budgies. Good luck!
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Hi there and to the forums!

You've been given great advice. You definitely need to take your budgie to the vet because he's not well. He is likely very sick if he has been puffed up for a while.

Please take him to an avian vet right away! As mentioned, meanwhile, you should read through everything the forums have to offer including the budgie articles and "stickies" to ensure you're up to date on the best of budgie care.

If you have questions after reading through things, please let us know as we'd love to help!

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Thanks for all the advice c : This was kinda a last resort before going to an avian vet since there was a 2 day wait before they were available. Apparently, most of his air sacs ruptured so he became a big feathery balloon. After a day of his medication, he already looks less bloated than before : D Although I'm not sure whether to laugh or sigh whenever he runs away from his meds with a proud look on his face.
Anyways, I'm glad there's such an active community here; hopefully I'll use it more often for happier subjects. (3ovo)3 ~<3

Edit: I've had him for 5 years, so I know when he is poofed up or sick. His behavior was as he normally was, if not more energetic, even chirping happily on the way to the vet. Really gave me conflicting feelings on whether it was urgent or not since I know that other pets might be in more dire situations.

TL;DR he's fine :>

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Ruptured Air Sacs is a very serious condition and it's good you took your budgie in right away. I'm glad he's starting to improve.

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Sending good vibes and well wishes your way for a full recovery of your little blue boy.
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