Parrot Forum Header Left  
Go Back   Parrot Forum - Parrot Owner's Community > Community > General Health Care

General Health Care Remember to use common sense and consult with an avian veterinarian.

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 01-12-2019, 05:51 PM
Junior Member
Parrots:
pete the budgie
Join Date: Jan 2019
Thanks: 10
Thanked 14 Times in 5 Posts
petethebudgie is on a distinguished road
Exclamation Please help!

Sponsored Links
Hi everyone,
My parakeet, pete, has been with us for a little less than 4 months. Recently, he started becoming super unactive. He eats, but doesn't "scavenge" for food and only eats when the food is close to him (he rarely flies down to his food bowl). He never comes out anymore (he used to jump around a ton, trying to come out of his cage), despite us leaving his cage door open. He used to play with me, climbing all over, but now he seems to avoid me and just sits on his perch all day. He also has some brown staining above his cere (I thought it was dirt, but it didn't come out with a bath). We changed his diet from seed and pellet mix to just pellets a few months ago, and he adjusted okay, but it's hard for him to eat pellets (they fall out of his mouth even though he tries to chew on them), so I hand feed him pellets (one pellet at a time). He has a cuttle bone but he doesn't use it. Please help! Not sure if this is normal behavior or if my budgie is sick. I was going to buy another parakeet but I don't want to if I'm going to expose a new bird to a sick one.
My parents don't feel like taking him to a vet (which upsets me a ton, but I'm still working on getting them to agree) and I don't have a license.
Please help.


Additional information:
Hi everyone,
My bird, pete, has been with us for a little less than 4 months. Recently, he started becoming super unactive. He eats, but doesn't "scavenge" for food and only eats when the food is close to him (he rarely flies down to his food bowl). He never comes out anymore (he used to jump around a ton, trying to come out of his cage), despite us leaving his cage door open. He used to play with me, climbing all over, but now he seems to avoid me and just sits on his perch all day. He also has some brown staining above his cere (I thought it was dirt, but it didn't come out with a bath). We changed his diet from seed and pellet mix to just pellets a few months ago, and he adjusted okay, but it's hard for him to eat pellets (they fall out of his mouth even though he tries to chew on them), so I hand feed him pellets (one pellet at a time). He has a cuttle bone but he doesn't use it.

Last edited by SailBoat; 01-12-2019 at 06:30 PM.
Reply With Quote
The Following 3 Users Say Thank You to petethebudgie For This Useful Post:
Allee  (01-12-2019), Flboy Supporting Member (01-13-2019), SailBoat Supporting Member (01-12-2019)
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 01-12-2019, 06:20 PM
SailBoat's Avatar
Supporting Member
Parrots:
DYH Amazon
Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: Western, Michigan
Thanks: 33,019
Thanked 23,257 Times in 7,918 Posts
SailBoat will become famous soon enough
Re: Please help!

Sorry to hear that your Parrot is not as active as it had been.

- Has there been a change its poop. Is it very dry, kind of wet, but holds together or is it runny?
- Any change in drinking water?
- Breathing with easy, or having difficulty breathing?
- Sleeping more during the day?

Consider crushing the pellets into smaller pieces.

Parrots (Birds) are very good a hiding their illness and we commonly only notice it when there is a notable change.
Do you have Avian Vets in your area?

When a family gets a Pet there is commonly a discussion regard its purchase cost, care and the cost of that care. That assumes that everyone is in agreement as a family to getting that Pet.
__________________


In each Morning's early light; there is a promise, an Amazon makes!

Last edited by SailBoat; 01-12-2019 at 06:22 PM.
Reply With Quote
The Following 5 Users Say Thank You to SailBoat For This Useful Post:
Allee  (01-12-2019), EllenD (01-15-2019), Flboy Supporting Member (01-13-2019), Laurasea Supporting Member (01-13-2019), petethebudgie (01-13-2019)
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 01-12-2019, 06:33 PM
Junior Member
Parrots:
pete the budgie
Join Date: Jan 2019
Thanks: 10
Thanked 14 Times in 5 Posts
petethebudgie is on a distinguished road
Re: Please help!

Quote: Originally Posted by SailBoat View Post
Sorry to hear that your Parrot is not as active as it had been.

- Has there been a change its poop. Is it very dry, kind of wet, but holds together or is it runny?
- Any change in drinking water?
- Breathing with easy, or having difficulty breathing?
- Sleeping more during the day?

Consider crushing the pellets into smaller pieces.

Parrots (Birds) are very good a hiding their illness and we commonly only notice it when there is a notable change.
Do you have Avian Vets in your area?

When a family gets a Pet there is commonly a discussion regard its purchase cost, care and the cost of that care. That assumes that everyone is in agreement as a family to getting that Pet.
His poop has not changed and seems normal. I give him fresh drinking water daily and he doesn't seem to be sleeping more during the day.
His beak is crusty (it seems to have multiple layers?).
I'm also worried about the brown staining above his cere though-- any thoughts on what that's about? My mom has agreed to take him to an avian vet next week (it's far), which is good news!
Reply With Quote
The Following 4 Users Say Thank You to petethebudgie For This Useful Post:
Allee  (01-12-2019), Flboy Supporting Member (01-13-2019), Laurasea Supporting Member (01-13-2019), SailBoat Supporting Member (01-12-2019)
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 01-12-2019, 06:51 PM
SailBoat's Avatar
Supporting Member
Parrots:
DYH Amazon
Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: Western, Michigan
Thanks: 33,019
Thanked 23,257 Times in 7,918 Posts
SailBoat will become famous soon enough
Re: Please help!

It is possible that your bird may have something like mites or another bug(s).
The beak being crusty depends, because the structure of the beak is in fact layered. But there is a difference between crusty and layered.
At this point, I will let our members with greater experience with parakeets comment.

My background is with older Amazons.
__________________


In each Morning's early light; there is a promise, an Amazon makes!

Last edited by SailBoat; 01-12-2019 at 06:53 PM.
Reply With Quote
The Following 3 Users Say Thank You to SailBoat For This Useful Post:
Allee  (01-12-2019), Laurasea Supporting Member (01-13-2019), petethebudgie (01-13-2019)
  #5 (permalink)  
Old 01-12-2019, 06:54 PM
Laurasea's Avatar
Supporting Member
Parrots:
Ta-dah 5yr (F )Turquoise cinnamon GCC, Neptune (M) blue quaker, Penny (F )rescue green quaker, Cloudy and Clear(M's) parakeets, Burt The Bird (F) GCC of 17 wonderful years passed 2018
Join Date: Aug 2018
Location: Florida
Thanks: 8,998
Thanked 6,503 Times in 2,260 Posts
Laurasea is on a distinguished road
Re: Please help!

Hi and welcome. Sorry to hear about Pete. Ate you able to posts picture? An easy way is to click the go advanced button under the text box, click the paperclip abd upload a picture. It will attach as a thumbnail under the text box, but can be clicked to enlarge.
You can also offer your budgies fresh greens, leafy stuff like romaine lettuce, bok choy, hang them in the cage abd they will nibble on them, discard after a few hours.
It's so hard to help over the internet, so I'm glad you will get a vet visit next week. I'm so glad you care enough to reach out to us. All life has value, and that value far exceeds the price one pays to take them home.
__________________
May your joy be as deep as the ocean, and your sorrows as light as the foam.
Reply With Quote
The Following 4 Users Say Thank You to Laurasea For This Useful Post:
Allee  (01-12-2019), LaManuka Supporting Member (01-12-2019), petethebudgie (01-13-2019), SailBoat Supporting Member (01-12-2019)
  #6 (permalink)  
Old 01-12-2019, 10:42 PM
Allee's Avatar
Super Moderator
Parrots:
U2-Poppy(Poppy lives with her new mommy, Misty now) CAG-Jack, YNA, Bingo, Budgie-Piper, Cockatiel-Sweet Pea Quakers-Harry, Sammy, Wilson ***Zeke (quaker) Twinkle (budgie) forever in our hearts
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Texas
Thanks: 49,125
Thanked 38,270 Times in 12,682 Posts
Allee will become famous soon enough
Re: Please help!

A warm welcome to you and Pete, so glad you joined us. I'm glad your mom agreed to take Pete for a vet visit. I hope your little guy will be fine.
__________________

"She is not refined. She is not unrefined. She keeps a parrot." Mark Twain
Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to Allee For This Useful Post:
petethebudgie (01-13-2019), SailBoat Supporting Member (01-13-2019)
  #7 (permalink)  
Old 01-13-2019, 02:59 AM
Laurasea's Avatar
Supporting Member
Parrots:
Ta-dah 5yr (F )Turquoise cinnamon GCC, Neptune (M) blue quaker, Penny (F )rescue green quaker, Cloudy and Clear(M's) parakeets, Burt The Bird (F) GCC of 17 wonderful years passed 2018
Join Date: Aug 2018
Location: Florida
Thanks: 8,998
Thanked 6,503 Times in 2,260 Posts
Laurasea is on a distinguished road
Re: Please help!

Female budgies get a brown and crusty cere as they mature. But there shouldn't be any staining of featheres. And the listless behavior you describe isn't normal.
__________________
May your joy be as deep as the ocean, and your sorrows as light as the foam.
Reply With Quote
The Following 3 Users Say Thank You to Laurasea For This Useful Post:
EllenD (01-15-2019), petethebudgie (01-13-2019), SailBoat Supporting Member (01-13-2019)
  #8 (permalink)  
Old 01-13-2019, 03:27 AM
ParrotGenie's Avatar
Supporting Member
Parrots:
2 umbrella Cockatoos One male named Cooper and female named Baby 1 Little Corella male named Frankie and have 5 Cockatiels three named Pepper, Fiesco for the females and male named Wylie.
Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: Indiana
Thanks: 164
Thanked 954 Times in 360 Posts
ParrotGenie is on a distinguished road
Re: Please help!

A picture would really help. Sometimes a dietary deficiency will cause the staining of feathers. Are you feeding a good seed and or pellet ALONG WITH plenty of fresh veggies etc? I know you mention pellets? At around one year of age, the cere, or pink fleshy nostril band above the beak, changes color in parakeets. This is normal and expected. In female parakeets, it changes to tan, pale blue, white or brown. It could also be a sign of disease or illness,or mites.

The lack of being active and lack of interest in food does worry me, thankfully your parents agreed to taking him to the vet. If you are able to take a picture, take a close up of his legs head and beak area mainly?

Last edited by ParrotGenie; 01-13-2019 at 03:56 AM.
Reply With Quote
The Following 3 Users Say Thank You to ParrotGenie For This Useful Post:
Laurasea Supporting Member (01-13-2019), petethebudgie (01-13-2019), SailBoat Supporting Member (01-13-2019)
  #9 (permalink)  
Old 01-13-2019, 05:48 AM
LaManuka's Avatar
Supporting Member
Parrots:
Fang (8yo (ab)normal grey cockatiel), HRH Crown Princess Lilly Pilly (purple-crowned lorikeet gotcha date 28 October 2018) & Valentino (budgie, gotcha date 14 Feb 2019 at approx 6mo)
Join Date: Aug 2018
Location: Brisbane Australia
Thanks: 3,051
Thanked 4,065 Times in 1,098 Posts
LaManuka is on a distinguished road
Re: Please help!

I’m glad you are taking your little guy to a vet. I had a budgie called Pete once and he was as tough as ten bears, I hope yours is the same. Good luck at the vet and keep us posted, we are all hoping for the best for you both!
__________________
"Shall we make a new rule of life: always try to be a little kinder than is necessary?" JM Barrie
Reply With Quote
The Following 3 Users Say Thank You to LaManuka For This Useful Post:
Laurasea Supporting Member (01-13-2019), petethebudgie (01-13-2019), SailBoat Supporting Member (01-13-2019)
  #10 (permalink)  
Old 01-13-2019, 03:08 PM
Junior Member
Parrots:
pete the budgie
Join Date: Jan 2019
Thanks: 10
Thanked 14 Times in 5 Posts
petethebudgie is on a distinguished road
Re: Please help!

Please help!-60a7ea01-9599-4a21-913a-7d6e55dde024.jpg

Please help!-b31a435c-d9f6-4c58-9041-c08b05ab2c1a.jpg

hopefully I attached the photos correctly. Iím not sure if Pete looks normal, and I donít have a trained eye so I could just be paranoid, but his cere seems to be a little crusty, and his feathers (especially the ones right above his cere) seem to stained brown. he kind of looks sickly overall? today he came out of his cage for about ten minutes until he was spooked by an opening door upstairs and ran right back into his cage. (this never happened until recently, right around when he started showing no interest in food or physical activity). he doesnít seem to be scared of me (just indifferent), but is scared of everything else.
i feed him crushed pellets with the occasional seed mix. i also try to feed him bok choi, carrots, and cantaloupe, but he refuses them all.
i used to have another parakeet, felix, who was a lot more active, happy, and interactive (i used to take him everywhere around the house), which is why iím worried about pete.
Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to petethebudgie For This Useful Post:
Laurasea Supporting Member (01-13-2019), SailBoat Supporting Member (01-14-2019)
Reply

Lower Navigation
Go Back   Parrot Forum - Parrot Owner's Community > Community > General Health Care

Tags
sick bird
Remove Ads

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On




Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.