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Old 05-14-2017, 05:21 AM
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My budgie name is kiwi, and he was always active, but recently he has begun sleeping through the day and he isnt as energetic as much?
is he sick or something? do i have to take him to the vet?
EDIT: I forgot to mention that he eats normally but doesn't go out of the cage as much


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Truly the best thing you can do since there's been such a change in his energy and he's showing all the signs of sickness is to book an appointment with an avian vet.
While some members here can tell you what to do to keep Kiwi more comfortable while he's poorly, he will likely need medication and a proper diagnosis before he can get better.
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Please book an appointment with the Avian Vet right away. That is the most important thing to do.

Avian Vets have special training to determine the cause of symptoms resulting from illness or trauma.
This is important as "regular" vets will often overlook symptoms that are quickly obvious to an Avian Vet.
When you rely on anyone who has not had training in Avian diagnosis and care, you may be delaying effective treatment.
This can prolong suffering that may be avoidable.
The bird will often require a more intense, prolonged treatment with a poorer chance of full recovery than it would have if you seek prompt professional diagnosis and treatment at the first sign of illness.

Distinction between an Avian Vet and a Vet that "Will See Birds"

Having your budgie examined by an Avian Vet allows you to develop a good relationship with the vet in case your bird needs care for an injury or illness in the future. Additionally, it is always helpful for the vet to have a baseline for your bird to refer to should it need future treatment.

In the meantime, be sure you are keeping Kiwi warm. You can give him Guardian Angel or Pedialyte to help encourage him to eat and drink.
If you don't have any on hand, use the recipe in this link to make your own.

Guardian Angel // Pedialyte // Pedialyte Recipe

How old is Kiwi?
What type diet are you feeding him?
Does he normally have out-of-cage time daily?
How much time do you spend with him each day?
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The same advice still stands even though you've edited your post to indicate he is eating normally.

Would you please answer the questions in my previous post?

Additionally, please update us on Kiwi's condition after you've taken him in for an appointment with your Avian Vet.
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I agree with Faerybee. Just because your budgie is eating normally, clearly he is sick.

This forum (as indicated already) isn't a substitute for an avian vet and we can't diagnose anything. You need a professional to help Kiwi.
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But there is not a vet for budgies in my town nor in my country that i am aware of.
is there any way i can heal him at home? or a alternate solution?
also My other budgie(Merry) Is constantly next to him making him warm,
Is this cold devestating? can he die?
Also:
1. About a year and 4 months
2. Normal seeds witch include : Yellow Millet,Red millet, White Millet,cannary grass, oat groats,flax seed, safflower seed,peanut,black sunflower seed,striped sunflower seed,niger seed, white sorghum ,red sorghum, corn flour,wheat flower, carotene, alfalfa meal.(Note we have been feeding him this since he first came in, and also we feed this to Merry who is not sick)
3.Yes he is out of the cage everyday from about 10 am to 8 pm
4.His cage is right next to my desk
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I recommend you contact this organization and ask for references to an Avian Vet in your area:
INFO - Veterinarski fakultet u Sarajevu / Veterinary Faculty in Sarajevo

Veterinary Faculty Sarajevo
Laboratories of Veterinary Faculty

Head of Laboratory: Prof. Dr. Hajrudin Besirovic (Head of the Center for the Animal Health Control)
Contact MediLabSecure: Dr. Teufik Goletic (Head of department of Avian Diseases and Management, Head of Avian and lagomorphic virology laboratory)

Zmaja od Bosne 90, 71000 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
While it is very challenging for people who live in countries with few Avian Vets, there are steps you can take to help ensure your budgies' health.

With the right motivation, you can work with a regular or exotic veterinarian to get the proper care for your budgie(s).

You will want to do as much research as you can and learn as much about budgies and the best practices for their care so you can provide your little ones with the best possible life.

We have a member in India who has done this and has developed a great relationship with a regular vet.
With the member's research and the vet's collaboration, they have found ways of providing care for her budgie that she would have not been able to manage otherwise.

When you develop a good relationship with a regular veterinarian, that individual can collaborate via telephone or Skype with Avian Veterinarians in other countries if necessary to get assistance in appropriate diagnosing and prescribing treatment for your Avian companions.

Your budgie needs a diet that includes more than just seed.

A Healthy Diet for your Budgie

Have you taken the time to read the various Budgie Articles and the Stickies at the top of each of the Sub-Forums?

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