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Hi, if anyone can offer any advice I would appreciate it. My 1 year old budgie has had a few night frights the past week and this morning I noticed a protrusion on the side of her breast. She had just eaten some veggies and I thought it could be her crop, but itís been 6 hours since and I see it has grown in size tremendously. Does it seem like she ruptured an air sac? Does this heal itself or should she see a vet? Iím so worried - sheís eating, drinking, behaving as normal but Iím not sure what to do. Iím trying to attach a picture of her while the protrusion was at its worst - itís gone down a bit since then.
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I'm very sorry to hear your budgie is not doing well.

You need to get her into 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.

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I agree, you need to see an avian vet for this right away. Please let us know an update!
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Iím going to look for an avian vet thank you for your replies. Iíve read on a few websites some budgies are more prone to reoccurring air sac rupture than others and some people actually puncture the air sac with a sterile needle at home. Has anyone ever done this themselves? Iím concerned to do it myself but Iím just curious if itís something I should consider?
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Do not try to take care of this yourself, you need to get the bird to a vet asap, do you need help locating one?
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Thank you, I found an exotic animals vet that comes up on the association of avian vets search but if there’s a better way to locate one please let me know. They’re not very close and I don’t want her to get nervous on the car ride so I might call some closer vets just in case.

What is the typical protocol with this sort of injury? I want to prepare myself for what’s necessary and what they’re going to say to needs to be done that’s unnecessary. I have an orange cheeked waxbill Finch with scissor beak that I trim myself (she’s nearly 9 now) and when I first got her a vet told me they would need to put her under anathesia to trim her beak.... which was ridiculous she’s the size of a thumb.... just a little too much could kill her. Imagine repeatedly doing that just to trim a beak?
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If there are any exotic animal vets closer to you call them and see if they have a vet on staff that is experienced with birds, many times there will be , but they are just not listed on the Association of Avian Vets. If you are concerned about unnecessary treatment I would just ask for an explanation about the steps they want to take and why and if you feel any are not necessary question the Dr.
I think many times the Dr. will lay out all options and together you need to decide what the best course of action is and what outcome is expected from the various options if there is more than one.
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Hi there and to the forums!

You've been given great advice and I'm glad you're taking the necessary steps to make sure your little one gets the care she needs.

Cody is right, ask them in detail what they're considering and if you're not sure about something, it's ok to ask them about it. I hope your little girl feels better soon! Sending healing thoughts her way

Meanwhile, be sure to read through the forums to ensure you're up to date on the best of budgie care practices. If you have any questions after reading through the links provided above, please do ask as we'd love to help.

Keep us posted on your budgie's condition!

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