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Urgent Budgie Making weird noises after flight

maryblueja

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Hi everyone, new to the forum just so I can get some help and advice for my sick budgie, Gwen.

On Saturday, my husband and I came home to find Gwen breathing a little heavily, puffy, and leaning to one side. She was limping a bunch and we thought she may have hurt her leg when we were gone. She also shares the cage with another budgie named Jasper.

I took her to the vet Sunday morning. The vet checked everything. She said Gwen didn't look like she had any infections after checking inside her mouth. She said there were no broken bones. Gwen could eat more she said after feeling her belly. Gwen is a picky eater and we had just changed her and Jaspers diets to pellets. She still likes her seeds but she does eat. Just not as much as Jasper. Vet said that maybe Gwen could have a kidney issue since she poops a little wet from time to time and just told me to give Gwen anti inflammatory meds and vitamin a. I did try to give Gwen the vitamin a and still try too. She had a little on Sunday. She has been eating more of her pellets as I offer them to her and she follows jasper, who is eating them with her. He has also been regurgitating food for her and feeding her.

I haven't given her the anti inflammatory yet as she has been getting better. It is now Wednesday and she is walking more normally now, she has started to chirp again although her chirps are not as strong as they use to be. She still naps a lot though but she does appear to be healing which makes me think she may have just hurt her leg. But now today when she flies she is doing something new, she pants and makes a whistley clicky noise. She did sneeze a little this morning and coughed after eating.

I tried calling the vet but she wasn't in. I also called multiple other vet offices but none of the bird specialists are in ( I literally called 4 places).

That's why I'm hear I was hoping maybe someone would have some advice especially if you have experienced this too. Any help would be greatly appreciated as my nerves are so shot worrying about more poor little girl ☹
 

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I would offer back some seeds in the afternoon. Some birds will not eat enough and starve if switched to quickly...plus I myself think budgies still need some seeds in diet .

What you described, goes along with a respiratory infection possible. Or air sac mites ,or health issues that make weak with exertion like flying.

Was the vet sn avian vet?
 

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Yea the vet was an avian vet. She looked in Gwen's mouth and said she didn't see anything abnormal. I would have thought if Gwen had a respiratory issue the vet would have noticed and gave me meds for that. But who knows. I wasn't too crazy about the vet as she was ready to start injecting her with anti inflammatory and wanted to give her an x-ray on the next visit to check if Gwen could be egg bound although she felt Gwen's belly and looked in her behind. I think she would have felt or seen something. Also Gwen didn't show any nesting habits or anything that would hint she was ready to lay an egg.

We still give Gwen seeds. We actually switched to giving seeds as a snack closer to the late afternoon (we use to give in the early afternoon and then her and jasper wouldn't eat their pellets as much). Since we did that she eating her pellets more. We also mixed the vitamin A with the seeds so now she is eating more vitamin A. I just hope we are not giving too much vitamin A as some is in their pellets and they get veggies.

Also oddly the next day, after she was making those weird noises, she stopped. So I don't know if something just irritated her nose and throat. She just stopped making the noises. She has gotten a lot better too. She's chirping louder now and is more active. She isn't making those weird noises when she flies. She still breathes a little heavier than usual but not as bad as she did. I'm thinking maybe cause her leg still aches her? I read online a leg can take a while to heal but I'm not sure. Can slight heavy breathing be from just injury? I was at least able to make appointment with vet Sunday but not sure if I should still go and check if she has been getting a lot better.
 

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Glad thing are looking up!
On vitamin A be very careful, as a fat soluble vitamin can get toxicity from overdose
 

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Best of luck with your baby and welcome to the site :cool:
 

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Thank you and thank you so much for your help and advice! :)
 
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