Weak 12-year old budgie parakeet

by Stacy
(Sacramento, CA, 95841)

My 12 year old parakeet is acting weak for the second day. He eats, drinks, and answers, even attempts to sing. The problem is that he is loosing strength in his feet, can't balance himself on the perch, ans sits on the bottom of the cage instead.

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Feb 13, 2013
Weak 12-year old budgie parakeet
by: Sandra

Hi Stacy,
I'm extremely sorry for your budgie and you I can imagine how you're feeling because I've been there at one time myself. Most budgies live for about 8 to 10 years, some live for 11 to 20 years and very rarely you'll find a few that lives beyond.
Your bird is 12 years old and is very weak, maybe he's on his way to leave you soon OR he could be very sick. If I were you though, I would take him to an Avian Vet to make sure that he's NOT sick; the vet would know best!
If he's weak from old age and is about to leave you, it would be soon so prepare yourself for this day. Hug him, kiss him and give him all your love. When I knew my bird was dying I never let her sleep on the floor of the cage; I'd spread a soft towel on my bed and let her sleep with me. It is very sad to know that they're leaving you but we all have to go someday whether humans or animals.
What can I say it hurts me to read this so I can just imagine you Stacy,you take care and God bless.

Feb 13, 2013
12yr old budgie is weak
by: Tracie

Wow, I am sorry your bird is weak. :-( There is just no way Dr B or anyone can diagnose what is wrong over the Internet. You will need to have the bird examined in person and tests run to determine the proper treatment. It is possible it is just old and at the end of it's life.

Please use this Find an Avian Vet link to find an avian vet for your bird so it can be examined to determine what is wrong and what the potential treatment might be.

If your bird is not eating a high quality pellet diet like Harrison's or Roudybush for at least 60% of it's diet, then it could be fatty liver disease, but really 12 years old is a pretty long life.

Switching Birds To Pellets article

Switching Budgies To Pellets article

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