Lathargic male parakeet

by keels

My Male parakeet (blue nose) has been lethargic but still has a good appetite. When he's not eating or drinking he's on the bottom perch quiet sleeping and fluffed out. He doesn't have a runny nose and his eyes seem to be fine. At first I thought these were signs of egg bound but he's a male because of the blue nose right? This is his 5th day of these symptoms. He has been eating a lot of the grit too and have provided him with vitamin water for birds. what else do we do? what could be his illness if it is a male?

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May 27, 2010
Lathargic male parakeet
by: Linda

Very young budgies have different colored ceres. Very young males have purple cere color while the very young female has a blue cere color. As they get older, the male's changes to blue, and the hen's changes to a light tan which gets darker as she becomes ready to mate and lay eggs.

Your bird is sick, and the sitting fluffed up is one of the classic signs of a sick bird. They will continue to eat for a little while, and will then go off feed and water and die. So, you must take him to an Avian Vet as soon as is possible or risk losing him.

In fact, if you did not take him to an Avian vet the first few days you had him, he's probably been sick all along. The majority of birds bought from pets stores are already sick either from arriving that way from Bird Mill breeders or from catching an infection from another bird in the enclosure. The general rule here is for everyone to take their new birds to an Avian vet within the first 24-48 hours after bringing them home. Then, if an infection is found, the pet store or breeder is liable for vet bills in regard to diagnosis and treatment(not that they will all honor this, but at least you have a chance). THIS DOES NOT MEAN TO WAIT A WEEK OR TWO, because after that long, YOU WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY VET BILLS because bird could have become sick in your care. The first 24-48 hours indicates an already present infection. By taking a new bird directly to an Avian Vet, you are allowing your new friend the opportunity to be healthy from the beginning instead of suffering with an infection for however long it takes to finally see the need for an Avian Vet. I cannot stress enough how important this first visit is. It can mean the difference between life and death for your new birds and is part of the commitment we enter into with our pets whether they are birds, dogs, cats or mice and rats. They ALL NEED A VISIT TO the vet within the first 24-48 hours you have them as most are already sick when sold.

Thanks for writing,

May 27, 2010
lethargic parakeet
by: Tracie

I am sorry, but Dr B can not help with this, because he would need to examine your bird and run tests to tell you what is wrong. It could add more harm to the bird to guess at what is wrong, plus the only way to get meds is through a vet. Treating the wrong thing will just allow your bird to get worse and possibly die.

Parakeets do NOT need grit and grit can actually kill them. If your bird is not on a quality pellet diet, like Harrison's, then it is possible that your bird has fatty liver disease from eating all or mostly seeds. If you need to switch your bird's diet to pellets, please read our Switching Birds to Pellets article.

Please take your bird to an avian vet, not a dog/cat vet, ASAP. Your bird is probably close to death, from what you describe.

Thanks for taking the time to write and caring about your bird.

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