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Sick budgie help!

Hey guys! My female budgie is sick! The past few weeks she was all puffed up and she was sleeping a lot. I'm addition, something is wrong with her feet, beacause she is standing all the time on one foot. Also something is wrong with her beak (if you want I can upload a picture). Lastly, I have noticed that when she breathes she moves her tail up and down. There is not vegetarian in my area. What can I do to help my little birdie ?? Please help!

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Re: Sick budgie help!

Hello, and welcome to the Parrot Forums family.

Since predators tend to target weaker individuals from flocks/herds/packs etc, birds as prey animals instinctively try their best to hide their illnesses. So by the time their lethargy becomes easily visible to you, chances are it has evolved into something serious. Now, if this has been happening for the past few weeks, she's probably very sick indeed.

Being on one foot all the time is not necessarily a sign that something is wrong with her foot. (Unless it's always the same foot.) That's how they sleep. But the fact that she's always puffed up is a problem. Puffing up like that is an attempt to hold in as much heat as they can.

Moving her tail up and down when she breathes could be a sign that she is having difficulty breathing. Or that she's straining. Has there been any change in her poop? Take a look at this thread for an idea what I'm talking about in terms of her droppings part way down the page): Photo Informative Collages

Egg-binding could also be a possibility with the straining, but I'm leaning away from that since you say she's been this way for the past few weeks.

Yes, you should probably send in a pic of her beak. But your first priority should be to keep trying to find a vet. In all likelihood, her situation has progressed beyond what anyone here could help with remotely. She might be in a critical stage here, and time is of the essence.

In the meantime, you should endeavor to keep her room very warm. 85 degrees Fahrenheit might be good. And watch her eating. Has her appetite diminished? Is she drinking any water?

But I can't stress enough that you need to try your best to find a vet! It's likely the difference between her life and death at this point. Is there a pet store nearby? They may have a vet that they can recommend. Also, we are an international community here. Give us an idea of what city and country you live in. There is always the chance that someone from your area might know of a local certified avian vet. (Or failing that, any vet. Avian or otherwise.)

I'm really hoping you're able to get some help for your budgie.
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Hello, and welcome to the Parrot Forums family.

Since predators tend to target weaker individuals from flocks/herds/packs etc, birds as prey animals instinctively try their best to hide their illnesses. So by the time their lethargy becomes easily visible to you, chances are it has evolved into something serious. Now, if this has been happening for the past few weeks, she's probably very sick indeed.

Being on one foot all the time is not necessarily a sign that something is wrong with her foot. (Unless it's always the same foot.) That's how they sleep. But the fact that she's always puffed up is a problem. Puffing up like that is an attempt to hold in as much heat as they can.

Moving her tail up and down when she breathes could be a sign that she is having difficulty breathing. Or that she's straining. Has there been any change in her poop? Take a look at this thread for an idea what I'm talking about in terms of her droppings part way down the page): Photo Informative Collages

Egg-binding could also be a possibility with the straining, but I'm leaning away from that since you say she's been this way for the past few weeks.

Yes, you should probably send in a pic of her beak. But your first priority should be to keep trying to find a vet. In all likelihood, her situation has progressed beyond what anyone here could help with remotely. She might be in a critical stage here, and time is of the essence.

In the meantime, you should endeavor to keep her room very warm. 85 degrees Fahrenheit might be good. And watch her eating. Has her appetite diminished? Is she drinking any water?

But I can't stress enough that you need to try your best to find a vet! It's likely the difference between her life and death at this point. Is there a pet store nearby? They may have a vet that they can recommend. Also, we are an international community here. Give us an idea of what city and country you live in. There is always the chance that someone from your area might know of a local certified avian vet. (Or failing that, any vet. Avian or otherwise.)

I'm really hoping you're able to get some help for your budgie.
Thank you for your respond ! No, there is not a change in her droppings, they seem normal! She is still drinking water but she doesn't want to eat. I am still trying to find a vet. I think she is worse now, since the only thing she does is sleeping and sometimes she eats some seeds ! I am very worried! I will include a picture of her beak and her foot.

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Re: Sick budgie help!

Also she sneezes A LOT. Like 20 times in a row ! What does that mean ??

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Re: Sick budgie help!

You really really need to get her to the vet ASAP. Birds hide illness so the fact that she is showing signs and has been showing signs means that she is likely quite sick..
You could try cooking some plain oatmeal without sugar-just some boiled fruit (bananas, apples)cooked with oats and water...just to get her to eat for a VERY temporary fix--let it cool first...BUT....this isn't something you can wait on.
Sneezing + other symptoms could be any number of problems...infection (bacterial), viral, fungal, internal/physiological....you really need to find a vet...even if you have to drive her a few hours to get to one...


You aren't using cleaning products or other scented things around her are you? Scented anything (unless avian safe) can really mess with a bird's sensitive respiratory system...even perfume and non-scented candles...

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You really really need to get her to the vet ASAP. Birds hide illness so the fact that she is showing signs and has been showing signs means that she is likely quite sick..
You could try cooking some plain oatmeal without sugar (just some fruit, oats and water)to get her to eat...BUT....this isn't something you can wait on.
Sneezing + other symptoms could be any number of problems...infection (bacterial), viral, fungal....you really need to find a vet...even if you have to drive her a few hours to get to one...
I will try to find a vet. What about her beak ? Do have any idea what that is ?

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Re: Sick budgie help!

I'm not sure about her beak. But Noodles is right about the sheer range of things that could be wrong with her at this point. In which city and country do you live?
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I'm not sure about her beak. But Noodles is right about the sheer range of things that could be wrong with her at this point. In which city and country do you live?
I live in Greece but in the city where I live there's no avian vets.

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Re: Sick budgie help!

Also I managed to give her food (to be specific I gave her carrots -it's her favorite)

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That looks bit like scaly face mites but I am not certain as I have never seen it in person...It could be any number of things (I am no vet)...Seriously, don't try to treat yourself. Drive drive drive to the nearest vet and keep your bird as calm as possible...Do not expose to extreme temperatures and take any air fresheners out of your car before transporting bird (then air-out).


https://pets.thenest.com/scaly-beak-parakeet-10143.html


http://www.thebudgiecage.com/budgie_...p#.W9Xgx-JRfIU

"There are initially crusty plaques in the corners of the beak and on the beak itself. In the early stages, they have the appearance of a bright white deposit that becomes thicker and crustier over time."

http://xautoman.com/40108-whydoesmyb...rustybeak.html

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