Parakeet regurgitating whole seeds?

by Elizabeth

My budgie, Kyu, is about 2 years old. He seems healthy enough aside from the fact that for the past two days he's been regurgitating these small yellow balls that look like seeds but at very hard (see picture). They either come out in a bunch or several fall out. He's also been a little puffed up, but I was just thinking he might be cold, because he's active enough, steps up on my finger readily with energy. But I'm baffled...regular regurgitation is supposed to be kind of mushy right? Is this dangerous?

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Mar 11, 2011
Parakeet regurgitates seeds
by: Judi

My Parakeet is regurgitates his seeds. I noticed it about a week ago. Have been keeping his cage clean but now I notice with the seeds there are threads of reddish brown looking worms.

What should I do?

Editor's note: Take the bird to an avian vet. And post your questions as new questions under Parrot Questions so people will see your question.

Oct 28, 2010
HAVE been going to an avian vet
by: Elizabeth

Thank you for specifying and I'll tell her, but I need to stress that I HAVE been going to an avian vet. I only have two birds as pets so she's my regular vet.

Oct 27, 2010
Budgie with infection
by: The Avian Vet

I commonly see this with and infection called Avian Gastric Yeast. You need find an AVIAN veterinarian who has experience with bird patients. They need to do some diagnostics such as blood work, crop flush Gram?s stain and others to determine the cause of this regurgitation. You might also want to change seed brands. I recommend Volkman or Kaylor, the latter being the best choice.

Dr B

Oct 21, 2010
Took to the vet
by: Elizabeth

I took him to my regular avian vet with a sample of the seeds as well, and she could find nothing wrong with him. A couple days before that he had stopped coughing up seeds, but I took him anyways. They gave me some medicine for him, just in case, and I gave it to him. He's been fine, up until yesterday when he's started coughing them up again. Honestly, I know they hide it until it's bad, but he doesn't look ill. And since there was nothing wrong last time (I trust this person, she has the credentials and works at a good hospital) I don't know what to make of it.

Sep 17, 2010
going to the vet
by: Anonymous

ok, I will. He seems to be eating still and drinking. Thank you for telling me. I looked online and could get no information or else I would have gone to the vet right away. I will update this when the vet tells me what's going on...

Sep 15, 2010
Regurgitating whole seeds
by: The Avian Vet

Put a heating pad on his cage and get them temp up to 90. Then take him to see an avian veterinarian immediately.

Find an Avian Vet

Dr B

Sep 14, 2010
Parakeet regurgitating whole seeds?
by: Linda

This is NOT normal, and you need to get your bird to an Avian Vet as soon as is possible. This sounds more like some kind of infection or illness than anything else, and these infections get much, much worse and not better until diagnosed and treated by an Avian Vet. There are viral infections that cause food to not be digested and thrown up like this. These are very bad infections, so time is a large factor here. Make sure you find an Avian Vet as dog and cat vets are not licensed or trained in the treatment of birds and will either do nothing or kill it with the wrong meds or too much of them. Since birds have no fat, their medicine dosages have to be very carefully measured by someone who knows what they are doing.

Let us know what the Avian Vet has to say, and don't wait too much longer because once they stop eating and drinking, they do not have much time left.


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