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Old 05-30-2019, 11:40 PM
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Hi, My name is Lina and I’m so glad to be in such great company. Thank you in advance for any advice on this situation. I have been searching for any guidance and cannot find anything on this symptoms. We brought home two beautiful parakeets, Mac & cheese, and they were doing extremely well adapting to their surroundings. Today, my husband came home and saw Cheese on a contorted position trying to bite her foot bracelet. When I got home, she was really hunched over, in a position which I can describe to be more upright, but with her head forward and down. She was active and eating. However, we decided to take her to the emergency room, where she was x-rayed, bones look clear, but she is still hunched over. We are hoping to get to the avian specialist tomorrow. In the meantime, has any of you seen anything like this? I’m so scared I’m losing her.
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Old 05-30-2019, 11:58 PM
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Re: New Member in Desperate Help

A few quick questions: are you using non-stick cookware? cleaning chemicals, perfumes, scented candles etc? Where is bird cage located in the house? Any environmental hazards that may have contributed to this situation? What are they eating? What did you last feed the bird before this symptom manifested? A CAV can get blood work done and run other tests, in the meantime we are looking for something that you can do immediately. Eg. change environment and diet if needed.
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Re: New Member in Desperate Help

Welcome Lina, thanks for being so responsive to Cheese's unusual situation. Not familiar with these symptoms, but I'd push for a certified avian vet visit ASAP. They often have "emergency" appointments; having visited an ER ought open the door for you.

Any idea of her age? Any abnormalities with Mac that might point to an environmental issue?

I hope you find answers and most importantly a return to normalcy for Cheese. Please keep us updated as able.
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Welcome Lina, thanks for being so responsive to Cheese's unusual situation. Not familiar with these symptoms, but I'd push for a certified avian vet visit ASAP. They often have "emergency" appointments; having visited an ER ought open the door for you.

Any idea of her age? Any abnormalities with Mac that might point to an environmental issue?

I hope you find answers and most importantly a return to normalcy for Cheese. Please keep us updated as able.
agreed i have never seen this problems with budgies the best would be to visit a professional like other members said.
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I second going to see an AV and also removing any food that has colours, sugars, soy, E numbers in it.
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Thank you all for your responses. I appreciate them greatly.
In answer to your questions:
1- Mac is his happy self, no symptoms at all.
2- They are on a pellet (not seeds) diet, the brand is Kaytee Exact Rainbow parakeet food. This is the food they had at the pet store.
3- They were brought over from Petsmart (I know), but I saw them and figure they were a bonded pair, they won my heart and wanted to keep them together.
4- We own Non-Stick pans, but know of the toxicity and have not use them. Can they still be toxic without use?
5- They live upstairs, on our third floor, but we have been moving them to where we are, so they can socialize.
6- They were hand fed spray millet, right before the symptom became this severe.
They are both young, perhaps 3-4 months old.

They both came back from the vet really tired. They are still sleeping but the hump is still there.

It is 6:39 am where I am, I’m hoping to hit the ground running to get to a specialist, as soon as they open.

Thank you.

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Re: New Member in Desperate Help

Non-stick pans aren't toxic if you don't use them, but just as an FYI, pans aren't the only place where teflon etc can hide (blow-dryers, toasters, drip-trays, straighteners, curling irons, space heaters, electric skillets, griddles, rice cookers, etc).

I am not saying that is your issue here. I have no idea (birds do sometimes fan out their wings when having trouble breathing though)---I agree that a vet appointment is needed ASAP.

Is the bird straining when pooping?
What "bump" are you talking about? If the x-rayed her, I am guessing they would have seen any signs of egg-binding...
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Re: New Member in Desperate Help

Hello and Welcome to the Forum Lina, you have some pressing matters that I'm not qualified to answer to be of much help, therefore vote avian vet. wanna say I think their names are precious and my heart goes out to you in hopes of an immediate resolution for your baby "cheese".
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This is horrible! You are now saying ‘they’! Are both now showing the same symptoms?
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This is horrible! You are now saying ‘they’! Are both now showing the same symptoms?
Hi! No, only Cheese is affected. Mac is his happy self and supportive as usual
We are on our way to the Avian specialist. I’ll update you all. Thank you. I was so lonely trying to figure this out.

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