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Old 05-28-2017, 09:16 AM
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Re: Very sick little budgie

This must be very heartbreaking for you. It may be a nice thing (if he can't hear them) to record his friends chirping to play for him or if you have some, set up a baby monitor by them so he can hear them.... So he doesn't feel alone at this time. Parrots are very social and when they are sick, one of the worst things for them in nature is to be abandoned or shunned by their flock. In his mind, he does not understand he has been separated for his own good. Since he can't see, hearing them may perk him up a bit and help him fight if he knows his flock is still waiting for him to return
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Re: Very sick little budgie

Kiwibird,

It is indeed heartbreaking to watch him like this. His cage is directly under his former cage mate's, and next to the girls with the other 2 boys on top of them. His whole flock is near by. None of the girls or other boys are showing symptoms of any kind, so I have to assume it's nothing that can be transmitted through the air or their dust.

When we got home from work today, we had the scare from hell. I wear transition lenses which were still dark from the sun when I walked into the bedroom to check on him and make sure he was still with us, so I couldn't really see anyway until I turned on the light. When I did that, I didn't see him. I saw a tipped over seed cup, and no Peatri. Omg I freaked out! I tore across the bed and all but ripped the cover the rest of the way open. Ended up that he was on the boing, which is at the moment made to be stationary, given his balance issues. A HUGE wave of relief washed over me, and my racing heart began to calm down.

I did manage to get him back on his original perch where his food and water are. And I also managed to get a 3 minute video of him "in action". I'll post a link to that when it's done uploading.

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Old 05-29-2017, 11:06 AM
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Re: Very sick little budgie

That sounds scary! Glad he is okay.

This reminds me of a time when Boomer, my sun conure, was just a few months old. His cage at the time sat atop a multi-shelved glass computer desk. It's one of those with metal frames and all glass panels. In the middle of the main shelf was a huge, heavy monitor and printer still full of Boomer's newly printed photos. It was night time, I was asleep and awoke to a loud crash in the living room! I thought it was a burglar. Ran out and saw the glass desk was completely shattered, heavy monitor and printer on the floor, glass EVERYWHERE. I panicked that Boomer was under all that debris. I moved the heavy monitor and rummaged through the rubble and saw his face looking up at me with shards of glass all around. I was shocked. It took me a close to a minute to realize that it was only a full sized printed photo. I looked up and saw Boomer was still in his cage on the top shelf that did not shatter. He was fine and was wondering what all the commotion was about. Turns out that glass panel just buckled at the weight of the monitor.

Anyway, I almost forgot about that until I read your story. I definitely understand the feeling. I hope he is comfortable and feeling better today.
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Re: Very sick little budgie

That sounds quite frightening! Not sure if he's comfortable, but he's about the same as he's been now. My video FINALLY finished uploading, so I'll get the link and post it here. Is there a way to just embed the video, or so I just have to copy the link?

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Meh, here's the link, I'll embed later if it's possible here.


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Re: Very sick little budgie

The video embedded just fine. Not sure if I missed you mentioning his name? He's very cute. I do see what you mean about him using his wings for balance. It looks like it takes out a lot from him. He's keeping up the fight though.

I highly recommend you see another vet who can give you a more definite answer and treatment than the one you have now. Your budgie is fighting, glad he's still eating but I'm not sure he can keep this up forever
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I know. I just don't know who to see here because the closest avian specialist is about 2 hours away. We have a couple more vets that treat birds, but one is almost an hour out, and the other had candles burning in the lobby. Not sure what that was all about. Not supposed to burn them in the room with birds, but "just fine" in the lobby of a vet that sees birds? *sigh I wish our old vet was still at the practice we see now. She was amazing and very knowledgeable even though she was very young.

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Re: Very sick little budgie

Just a quick update:

Peatri is still alive, for now, thank God. We just got this in the mail too. I'm sure it will help at some point. We're trying to collect a poop from him at the moment, so that maybe I can check it.

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So Peatri took quite a big poop about an hour ago, and I'll post a picture of it. I wanted to get some thoughts on it. I took from different parts of it and looked at them under the microscope. Not sure about posting those though. Anyway, here's the giant poop, it was a little over an inch long:



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Re: Very sick little budgie

Thanks for posting the video, it likely contains clues to a professional eye. Hard to determine whether Peatri is in distress or having neurological issues. I would highly recommend taking him to a competent avian certified vet. That said, taking budgies to a vet can be problematic. While I have no experience with budgies, they seem to have many genetic issues. Very important to sleuth whether he has a treatable illness or is otherwise affected by breeding.

I am so glad he has a dedicated parront seeking answers!
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