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Old 08-26-2019, 02:11 PM
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Question Is My Budgie Sick?

She eats normally, temperatures haven't ranged in my home, and she even leaves her cage to explore and play. It's starting to worry me however that she seems to have her days like this more and more often..tail seems to be shaking, and her breathing might seem rapid. I cant quite figure out this behavior.. here's a video.

The reason I'm looking for insight is mostly that the only vet I could possibly go to is a little beyond my budget at the moment. If necessary, that's what I'll do. But I'd like to hear an opinion before I do go.
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Re: Is My Budgie Sick?

Sorry you have worries. So stressful when we can't know for sure. Thanks for video, I have a broken phone so the video only worked a little for me. It did kinda look like a slght tail bob, but was hard to tell for sure as you will see some movements....
Diet can play a roll, what do you feed? Does your bird eat any leafy greens and veggies? Low vitamin A and low vitamin D affect immunity and can lead to them getting respiratory infection. Never add vitamins or anything to water as this can make them sick.
You can take your bird in safe secure travel cage , I zip tie my doors, and sit with your bird outside in sun and part shade. Sunlight not filtered by a window , but outside even in light shade is a wonderful thing. My vet recommend 15 miniuts a day, but I usually can do 30 min maybe once every three days.. Not only does thiscallow them to make vitamin D from oils if the preen gland that change to active vitamin D with sun exposure, parrots also have a gland in their eye that converted sunlight to vitamin D, sunshine also kills mold, yeast, bacteria, and being outside is wonderful for their mind. Feeding leafy greens helps provide vitamin A that seed diets don't have.
Keeping the cage and water very clean helps keeps bird healthy to. Parakeets can also have mites in their lungs, or if you have a female bird there are worries of egg impaction, or egg yolk infection.... .
I can't say if your bird is sick or not. But doing some sun bathing, eating veggies, maybe add probiotics that you sprinkle on food, or offer a little live culture yogurt, can only help improve immunity.
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Re: Is My Budgie Sick?

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Never add vitamins or anything to water as this can make them sick.
How does a dosed amount of vitamins for birds make them sick? I noticed them in the stores. Who are those for then?
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Re: Is My Budgie Sick?

Because it grows bacter, yeast and fungus rapidly spoils the water..
Have you been doing this?
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Re: Is My Budgie Sick?

Personally if I were in your shoes I'd go to a CAV, no idea what your financial situation is, and not trying to push you to do something that could be entirely unnecessary, but I will tell you that if there were more Dr's for people like vets for birds the world would be a better place, I spent a while on the phone with a CAV about 150 miles north of where I live, given the difficulty I face driving truck for a living they did the very best they could over phone, offered all sorts of things to make my life easier, and then to top it off refused payment for the time, I can't promise you'll have a similar experience, but I can't recall a time I read any threads starting with "So this CAV screwed me financially" with any kind of frequency...better safe than sorry if you can afford it
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Re: Is My Budgie Sick?

I hope this may help...
Certified Avian Vets
https://abvp.com/animal-owners/find-an-abvp-specialist/
If none are near you...
Avian Veterinarians
http://www.aav.org/search/custom.asp?id=1803
In my opinion, any of the vets listed here should be better than a regular or unsubstantiated vet.

Good for you for reaching out. What a beautiful budgie!!!!!!!!!!!! Great little parrots!!!
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