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A few days ago we found a budgie outside that was malnourished and had difficulty flying far (both indicative of how easily she was caught). We have never owned buggies before, but we have owned other birds in the past, so we've been doing a lot a research. We've spent about 4 days with her so far and she's still not very active. She spends almost all day either sitting in one spot or eating. She also puffs out her feathers which I had read is a sign of illness. I know she's still getting used to her surroundings and I don't want to put her through any excess stress but I want to make sure she is alright! Are these common symptoms for new/scared budgies?

Also we were always planning on taking her to the vet to get her checked up and see if she was microchipped so we could return her. However, we wanted her to feel more comfortable with us first but if these symptoms are serious we can take her sooner.


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As the budgie was in quite a state when you found it, I would take it to an avian vet ASAP.

I understand your reasons for waiting, but not knowing how long the budgie has been outside and with the problems you have mentioned, going to an avian vet now would be best.

Please make sure you get the bird to an avian vet, rather than a regular vet. You can call your practice and ask before taking the budgie in, or do an online search of avian vets.
There's a difference between a vet that will see a bird and one that's been trained to treat them.
Why is seeing an AVIAN vet so important?

While you wait for an appointment with the vet, you can try soaking some millet in pedialyte Guardian Angel // Pedialyte // Pedialyte Recipe
Cover three sides of the cage to make her feel safe and keep her warm.

You can also post some details about where you found this bird in the section here.
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And these screening questions will also be helpful if anyone makes a claim to ownership.
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If you don't find the owner, are you planning to keep this bird, or find a new home for it?
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Thank you so much, that's all very helpful! I will get on top of all of that ASAP. If we don't find her owner we are planning on keeping her, we've been trying to cram on learning about caring for her!
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Please let us know how things go at the visit with the Avian Vet. I'm wishing all the best for the little rescue budgie.
Thank you for caring for her!

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Hi there and to the forums!

It's great to have you with us, and you couldn't have come to a better place to learn even more about the best of budgie care!

You've been given great advice! I definitely would take her to the vet as soon as possible.

Additionally, be sure to read through the links provide above to stay up to date on all the best practices for caring for budgies. If you have any questions after reading through everything, be sure to ask as we'd love to help!

We look forward to seeing you around the forums as well as staying updated on your little rescue!

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