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Old 02-18-2019, 09:09 PM
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Sick Budgie

Hello everyone, as you can see I have a semi sick budgie on my hands. She is one of my adoption birds and I do adore her but I havenít been seeing a positive change in her. So when I took her in, I noticed that her feathers were pretty bad. They were growing in odd ways and she seemed a little frustrated when I would touch them. I assumed she might have plucked them do to stress but itís been 5 months since taking her in and thereís no improvement. If I hold her to check them itís almost like they fall out. They are deff carrying a vein though cause she had a broken blood feather the other day. I have a vet appt for Wednesday and think it might be PBFD but I worry about parrot fever. She has no band despite the owners telling me she was bought at a petco / petsmart..has anyone dealt with this before?

Sheís eating / drinking.
She is around 1 1/2 years old.
She is fed a seed mix / vegetable mix daily
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Old 02-18-2019, 09:19 PM
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Re: Sick Budgie

Get her tested for Psittacine Beak and Feather Disease (PBFD). How does her beak and toenails look? It could also be Psittacine Circovirus Disease (PCD)? Either virus that can causes feathers to fall out and usually beaks and toenails to become misshapen.
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Old 02-18-2019, 09:21 PM
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Re: Sick Budgie

Thank you for replying so fast. Her toe nails and beak look fine. No abnormal droppings as I can see. She is currently quarantined away from the rest of my flock.
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Old 02-18-2019, 09:27 PM
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Re: Sick Budgie

Also could be mites. Good luck keep us posted
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Old 02-18-2019, 09:28 PM
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Re: Sick Budgie

Or post a pic,ook under text box hit advanced and paper clip one in
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Old 02-18-2019, 09:43 PM
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Re: Sick Budgie

This is my sweet girl Echo.
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Old 02-18-2019, 09:46 PM
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Re: Sick Budgie

This is a better view of the feathers (sorry for the many posts Iím still new at this)
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Old 02-18-2019, 11:31 PM
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Re: Sick Budgie

Welcome to you and Echo! She's a beauty, hope all turns out well.

Will she see a certified avian vet or equivalent? Many facilities treat "exotics" and lack comprehensive training, equipment, and experience.

Please keep us updated as able after the visit!!
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Re: Sick Budgie

I am not saying that your bird has PBFD--- that is obviously just one possibility out of many---BUT it is a very important one to rule out with certainty. There are few (if any) viruses more difficult to contain...



I just did a PBFD test with my cockatoo and thankfully, it was negative. That having been said, birds can carry PBFD and have few (if any) symptoms--it also has an insanely varied incubation period (ranging from a few weeks to 10+ years). They can still spread it around through things like feather dust and it can still be deadly without all of the classic signs...SO, do get the test done, even though the beak situation looks okay...especially because you have other birds.



Testing can be tricky, because there can be false negatives, but the fact that yours appears to be showing some symptoms means that now would likely be a good time to test because (if it is PBFD) it is likely actively shedding at the moment. Get the blood test done and not a feather test.
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Re: Sick Budgie

Welcome Doeyed and Little Echo. Your budgie is adorable. Excellent decision to quarantine Echo until anything contagious has been ruled out, it’s the best way to protect the rest of your flock. As Scott and Noodles have mentioned a blood work up performed by a certified Avian Veterinarian is your best course of action. Please let us know how the appointment goes.
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