Budgie Appears Sick

by Linda

Hi, My budge is 4 and a half years old. for the past 2 weeks, I have noticed that his feathers looked fluffed and when he sits his feathers/fluff seems to be touching the perch. He is flying around and eating, he does not seem happy and he is not as chirpy as before and he is not playing with his other budgie friend as he normally does. He is not displaying any other symtoms as sleeping,or diahrea, he does have a clicking sound when he breaths.overall he seems quiet and unhappy, however he does spends a lot of time outside of his cage, but prefers to sit quietly most of the time. I have lost two other budgies to cancer, and although this budge does not have the severe symtoms as the other budgies, I am wondering if this could be cancer. My last budgie has been treated by the Avian Vet but he became worse over the next 2 months and sadly, eventually died.
I will be taking him to the vet, but I am very worried of his prognosis. Could this be something else?
Thank You

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Jul 17, 2010
Vet visit too late for bird
by: The Avian Vet

A sick bird should be seen immediately. Waiting 5 days certainly jeopardized him. It was not the medication. Budgies cannot handle stress as easily as many other birds. Putting him in a different room, him being sick, covering him, cool temperature, all contributed. There may have been other underlying problems that were not diagnosed. No blood work was done, no cultures, no exam, just some antibiotics thrown at him, no advice on keeping him warm, reducing his stress or anything else about how to take care of a sick bird.

I am sorry for your loss.

Dr B

Jul 16, 2010
by: Linda

I am so sad, My budgi passed away, I cannot believe it, the vet said that he had a respitary infection, I had to wait 5 days before I could have gotten an appointment. He did not seemed to be that sick. He was eating and playing but sometimes quiet, After the Avian Vet examined him he prescribed Baytrill, and he administered a dose the same evening. I took him home and he seemed ok, I put him in a separate room in a cage by himself, upstairs in one of the bedrooms, that he was not familiar with. I put a cover over him and I knew he seemed a little nervous and afraid that night as he has never been in a cage by himself. I believe the air conditioner was on, I don't know if their was a draft that got him. I woke up the next morning and found him lying dead at the bottom of his cage. I cannot stop blaming myself, I should have left him in the room that he was familiar with. Do you think it could have been the medication that the vet gave him, or could he have possibly died from fear? I do not think that he was that sick, I have had budgies that were a lot more sick and survived for another year with treatment, or did I wait too long to take him to the vet. I still feel it could have been the medication that killed him.
Please can someone explain, I am grief stricken
I loved him so much.

Jul 02, 2010
Sick budgie
by: Tracie

It is good you have an avian vet appointment, the sooner the better. I can't really say what is wrong, but your bird is showing signs of illness.

If you already had a bird die, you should closely examine all the toys and anything the bird has access to, to make sure something in the environment is not poisoning your birds.

Since you have an avian vet, I hope it is safe to assume that you are feeding your bird pellets, like Harrison's, and very little seed. Budgies, or any bird for that matter, that eat a seed diet usually die early from cancer, fatty liver disease etc.

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