I'm trying to sort out what's going on with my budgie (Pippin - 4 1/2 year old male). He's always been a big fan of doing things in a certain way, and has all manner of little habits and rituals and things that he does over and over again, but I'm trying to work out if deviation from that is actually a source of stress for him.
I recently tried to move things around in his cage a bit, for variation - as many sites and books tell you to do - and he got very withdrawn and quiet... when mild diarrhea started too I really started getting worried (though he was truly sick in January of this year, and he's WAY better than then, so I'm not too concerned quite yet).
Anyway, I have now returned everything to the way it was - and he's back interacting with everything the way he used to, twittering, one leg up dozing, beak clicking,playing, the whole bit. The droppings haven't gone back to normal yet, so I'm still being wary, but I'm wondering if anyone has had a similar experience and/or can verify what I'm suspecting here - that he was stressed by the changes, and is getting back to normal now I've made everything 'right'.
Budgies are very sensitive to changes in their environment. We moved into a new house a month ago and my bird had diarrhea on and off for the first week. Now that we've settled in he's back to healthy pooping
If moving his toys around was so stressful for him, you might want to take baby steps. Swap places for 2 of his toys or move around a perch or two. The purpose of moving things around is to prevent boredom. If he's happiest with things the way they are, then moving things around probably isn't worth the stress.
Bird's like routine, so help him out by doing things in a specific order that he can get used to and become comfortable with.
Thanks for the replies! Yes, we pretty much figured the same - that it was counter-productive to move things if it just stressed him - so everything's back as it was... as for routines, he has PLENTY, and we encourage him in them. I like mine too, so I can sympathise!
However, the polyuria hasn't cleared up... he's been at the vet's twice, and they can't shed any light. He had a poop analysis - nothing - and they've got him on a low dosage of antibiotic. He's also on a chelating agent in case it's heavy metal poisoning - he had a suspected case of that in January (never confirmed), and things cleared up almost immediately after he started on chelation and antibiotics... no change so far this time though.
Anyone ever had a bird with chronic polyuria, that didn't get better but didn't get worse? I'd be reasonably fine with that; I just wish I knew what was wrong though
After the bird is off antibiotic, sprinkle probiotic on the soft food to reestablish good bacteria in gut. The bird could be nervous. this will make them want to go before there is properly formed poop and so you get liquid. Guardian angel is good to help over all health during stress.