budgie health and respiratory issues
my beautiful budgie kiwi is around two years old ive had him since he was around two months of age. i tend to refer to him as a boy although we arent actually aware of his gender as the breeders we got him off were pretty inexperienced and were not sure either.
throughout his life, kiwi has never had a common coloured cere and it is forever changing. however recently i have noticed he is making noise whilst breathing as if he is struggling. he is also known for sneezing as he has done this ever since i can remember, but now i fear the that two correlate. i have attached a picture of kiwi to show his cere colouration.
thanks in advance for any help
Hello and welcome to talk budgies...:welcome:
Kiwi looks like a Hen with a bit of hypertrophy on the cere. Male normal's will have darker blue cere's and not change color or get the look in your photo unless they have a medical issue. Molting can cause a bird to have respiratory issues such as wheezing/sneezing but if she has had that regularly even apart from molt times, then you need to see a good avian vet and get diagnosis and treatment. When breathing is labored you can get her relief by placing her cage in a hot steamy bathroom for a time or building a steam tent. We have a lot of really good info in our budgie health section you should check out and I really can't encourage you enough to get her to an avain vet for a checkup/wellness check. Please keep us posted...:001_smile:
Hi there and welcome to the forums!
Kiwi is indeed an adorable little girl ;)
You've been given great advice by Randy above. Additionally, you've come to a great place to stay updated on the best of budgie care practices. If you have any questions after reading through the forums' many stickies and articles, please be sure to ask as we'd love to help!
Hope to see more of you and Kiwi around the forums! :wave:
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The advice Jonah offered with regard to your budgie's condition is spot on. Please make sure you take your little one to the vet for a check-up.
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.
If there are no Avian Vets near you, please find an Exotic Pet Veterinarian with experience in dealing with small birds.
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