Yeah definitely, they usually get around 11-12 hours but these two days have just been a little hectic. I'll make sure they get a full 12 tonight and i'll bring an update tomorrow to see if they're any better. Thanks for the vet advice!
I rang up the vets in the city and they're all booked until Tuesday, with a pretty steep upfront cost of $72... I understand that these costs are definitely required but darn that'd be $150 for both of them to get checked. Nevertheless, I booked an appointment this Tuesday afternoon at a vet across the city.
I gave the situation some more thought and realized that the birds probably haven't gotten very much sleep these past two nights, as they were kept up late due to guests. They probably only got around 6-7 hours of sleep the past two nights. Could this contribute to the blue one's scratching and itching? I'm planning to give them a full nights rest of 12 hours tonight to hopefully give them some recovery time.
She seems to mostly be planting both feet on the highest perch, closing her eyes, and maybe getting some rest; however, I heard that budgies sleeping in the day with both feet down are a bad sign. She also seems to be slightly hunched over compared to her other half.
Taking your advice to read through sticky'd posts and some more forum posts online, I keep coming across "lethargy and loss of appetite" to be telltale signs. The lethargy could be explained by the lack of sleep, but his droppings have also shown a slight green tint.
Although at this point I might be trying to convince myself that things will be okay to save myself a couple hundred dollars and trip across the city... (CAD, so not as bad as it would be for those down south)
Unfortunately even a consultation can be very expensive, and if your bird is very il it can get really pricey. I suggest you start putting a little money away every week or every month into a vet fund. This way you'll have some funds put aside for when the birds inevitably need a vet visit. I always like to have at least 500 dollars in my vet fund, but honestly the more the better.
Fortunately it looks like she's much better today! I'm thinking it probably was the dry air, as we've had a very hot week recently. It rained last night, and i misted some water a couple times yesterday, and some more today. Her itch has seemed to mostly gone away, now only itching once every 10 minutes. I'll keep misting her every few hours and hopefully the itch will go away by tomorrow!