Budgie tired and lethargic, also drinks more than usual

by Ron
(Australia)

Our usually very bright budgie has been very lethargic over the last week or so, sits around the house sleeping most of the day and is drinking much more water than usual.

He seems to be eating well, but more so his seed bell than his usual seed?
Because he sits around his vent becomes very dirty with his motions. He is quite old but after a previous experience with another budgie, could he have diabetes?

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Feb 17, 2011
why diabetes?
by: Anonymous

Why do you think he has diabetes?

Lethargic budgie over indulging in water is not a good sign. the net is not the place to get answers for those sort of symptoms. You need to take him to an avian vet asap. The possibility of his health declining & him dying can be high if you don't see a vet.

Feb 16, 2011
Vet
by: Ron

If the vet cannot help, what is the point of this site?
Without a professional diagnosis, it's only guessing by unqualified people!!

Editor's note: Dr B will NOT help people with sick birds that need to see an avian vet in person. This is stated where you posted your question. He doesn't want your bird to die.

Feb 16, 2011
Diet?
by: Ron

He has the run of the house and is never caged he only goes there to sleep.
He also has a very rounded diet with some fruit and veg and some bread crumbs when we cut a roll up or some such thing.

Feb 16, 2011
Lethargic bird needs an avian vet
by: Tracie

Your bird is sick, so Dr B can not help your bird. Your bird needs to be seen in person by an avian vet right away.

If your bird is on an all seed diet, then this could have caused your bird to get a disease. Seeds have too much fat for birds that are not free to fly from tree to tree to forage.

Your bird needs to be on a healthy pellet diet, like Harrison's and only 20% treats. Throw the seed bell away, because the bird will eat the "candy" and not the pellets. You have to slowly teach them that pellets are food, so please read the Switching Birds to Pellets article before taking all the seed away.

Let us know what you find out at the avian vet.

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