I'm taking my untamed budgie (Rain) to the vet tomorrow to get her feather loss checked out. I was wondering what I should expect from the vet. I was mostly wondering how they will examine her if she's untamed? Will it hurt her? As well, I'm transporting her in a Canadian winter.. which means very cold.. any useful tips for transportation i should know about? I'm quite nervous about taking her.
The vet will be fine with handling an untamed budgie. This is what has happened with me when I've taken my birds to our avian vet. They always weigh my bird to make sure she is not under/overweight, and may do an exam of her body, looking for any lumps or bumps out of the ordinary. The vet uses a tool to slightly open up her beak and then looks around inside her mouth area, and he also thoroughly looks at the feathers and vent area. The vet also checks out her eyes. They may recommend getting a blood sample or taking a fecal sample to do some diagnostics. They will know how to handle your budgie in a way that does not hurt her - she may be uncomfortable because she is restrained, but they will be very gentle. Do not worry
Like spicky said, cover the cage up while transporting it to keep the cold out. I have a small cage I use just for transport. I loosely wrap it up in a thin blanket and then put the cage +blanket in a canvas shopping bag. I check in on the budgies during the drive and play music in the car for them to chirp along to.
Thank you for all your replies. I called the vet first because she has molted before but right now the top of her chest is completely bare and she still picks at it... so the vet told me to bring her in. This is a regular vet place but the only one in my area that takes in birds.. so i hope they know how to handle them.. it was recommended by a friend of mine who had budgies years ago and now she's becoming a vet tech.. so i do trust her opinion. I have a smaller cage that I first had her in when I first got her before I converted to a larger cage... I'll put her in there and then I saw an idea to put them in a laundry basket so I thought I would put a large blanket over the whole laundry basket that way she still has air.. but it said to put a hot water bottle in the bottom of the cage with a towel over it.. I'm kinda apprehensive to do this.. should I?
Here are some pictures of Rain, I tryed getting as close as I could to the cage so you could see her chest but she was a little nervous since I took them from my laptop and not a camera. Hopefully you can see her chest and maybe someone could tell me if they've ever had their birds look like that before. Thanks.
If the cage is small, I would just carry it. You don't want it to bounce around too much in the laundry basket. Make sure that there are no toys in the cage so they can't bounce around and hurt your budgie. I would put in a little bit of food if the drive is long so they can munch on it.
I'm not so sure on the hot water bottles either... I would wait for someone else to 'okay' that. Maybe you could get the car started before hand so it is already warm when you bring her out?
Yes, I'll warm up the car so it's warm when we get out there.. I'm using her old starter cage which is quite small and I'm not putting any toys in.. the drive should only take around 10 minutes so I don't think she'll need any food. I just liked the laundry basket idea because it has high edges so it'll protect her from the wind and handles so I don't drop her. Thank you for reassuring my feeling of something not being right. She does pluck her feathers out and I've seen her pick at the already bare skin but I try to distract her from it by whistling at her. Hopefully the vet tomorrow can offer some reassuring words for my birdy. Thank you for your help. I'll update tomorrow after the visit.