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Very sick little budgie

Hello everyone! I wish I was posting about something a little more light hearted. One of my 7 budgies is very sick. He's lethargic, blind, disoriented, appetite seems to have slowed, using wings to help balance, droopy wings, not vocal at all anymore. His poop is light green, and sometimes a very light brown color, with a grey/white film. There's no undigested food, he's not vomiting. He also has a head tilt to his right.

We're at a loss and so is his vet. We're desperate for help.

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I don't think there is anything else you can do for him, since his vet can't help. Try to make him comfortable.

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I just don't want to give up on him yet. I have hope still that there's something I can do, but I just can't figure it out. I just need some help. I need some objective eyes on the situation.

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Re: Very sick little budgie

How old is your budgie? Are you sure it's a male? Is the vet an avian vet or a regular vet? What tests has the vet run?

General care for an ill bird would be to separate him as far away from you others as possible (to minimize risk they'd be infected if he has an infectious disease). Place perches low in the sick cage and line it with soft towels. Keep it warmer than normal for him (use a heat lamp if necessary). Keep him as hydrated as possible, use a CLEAN eyedropper to offer water if he is unable to drink from a dish. Try offering moisture and sugar rich fruits too such as apple, grapes, melon etc... The moisture would keep him hydrated and natural sugar would provide energy.
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Re: Very sick little budgie

Wondering if this is an age-related illness or an aberration for a young bird? Did this happen suddenly as one syndrome or occur piecemeal over time? Are you seeing a certified avian vet? Perhaps it is time for a second opinion?

I don't lightly ask so many questions, just trying to establish background for members to more accurately relate opinions and past similar circumstance.
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Quote: Originally Posted by Kiwibird View Post
How old is your budgie? Are you sure it's a male? Is the vet an avian vet or a regular vet? What tests has the vet run?

General care for an ill bird would be to separate him as far away from you others as possible (to minimize risk they'd be infected if he has an infectious disease). Place perches low in the sick cage and line it with soft towels. Keep it warmer than normal for him (use a heat lamp if necessary). Keep him as hydrated as possible, use a CLEAN eyedropper to offer water if he is unable to drink from a dish. Try offering moisture and sugar rich fruits too such as apple, grapes, melon etc... The moisture would keep him hydrated and natural sugar would provide energy.
He is definitely male, and he's a little over 4 years old. She is a vet that practices avian medicine, but I don't know if she's a specialist. She's run his poop a couple times, but otherwise none. We did a blood test on his cage mate for heavy metal poisoning, which came back negative. They are incredibly close and are always getting into the same things. His cage mate, Pepper was stronger so we did the draw on him. He is eating ok, but we sometimes have to encourage it, and he is drinking ok too, again sometimes needing some encouragement. We've been giving him Pedialyte instead of water on and off, and he takes that just fine.

Thank you for taking the time to try to help us!

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Quote: Originally Posted by Scott View Post
Wondering if this is an age-related illness or an aberration for a young bird? Did this happen suddenly as one syndrome or occur piecemeal over time? Are you seeing a certified avian vet? Perhaps it is time for a second opinion?

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We believe at the initial vet visit for a much smaller problem, after being handled, he may have had a stroke. He has never had a problem being handled in the past. He is a little over 4 years old, so I do realize this could be age related, but I wanted to give him as much of a chance as possible.

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Re: Very sick little budgie

My guess is there are two approaches for your budgie. One is to provide comfort and not risk further handling-induced issues. The other is to seek a second opinion from a certified avian vet with extensive experience. Being blind may mitigate some of the angst of handling.

There are enough symptoms to make possible a diagnose of varied issues including stroke. None of us are qualified to go much further, only brainstorming and sharing similar circumstances.

Kudos for caring enough to seek answers to a difficult situation.
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Brainstorming is really all we're after, just needed to have objective and fresh eyes to help us maybe figure out what's wrong with him.

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Re: Very sick little budgie

Sorry I can't help much in determining his illness. The best I could offer are things to make him stronger / more comfortable while you and your vet work on his case.

My 2 year old parakeet was not being as active 2 weeks ago. He was not as sick as your bird but he wasn't his old self. Direct sunlight seemed to improve his mood immediately (careful he doesn't get exposed too long if the weather is above 85F). A bunch of wet kale skewered with a BBQ stick and hung in his cage gave him something to munch on, play with and bathe in. More servings of greens like broccoli. I added more toys. Talked to him a lot more. If he is unable to see, obviously some are not applicable. I wish I could think of something else you could do besides what's already been suggested in earlier posts.

These probably won't cure your bird but my hope is that it improves his mood and brightens his day enough so he keeps on fighting. My thoughts are with you and your flock.
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