<p>I purchased 6 english budgies from a "breeder" in CT last weekend, he seems to make a habit of meeting people away from his aviary, and now I know why. The birds have overgrown nails and frayed tailfeathers, were on a seed diet, and it appears that the hen who was "infertile" is really to young to be trying to breed yet. I am trying to introduce them to pellets and vegetables, I am giving the pellets mixed 50/50 with the seed mix at the moment, fresh parsley, and bottled water with Vita-Sol added(as of yesterday). They have a wing and nail appt tomorrow, and are kept in a separate room from my other budgies. </p><p>My concerns are one older male with a sore left foot- I looked closely at it, it's red but not raw on the bottom- like a stage 2 or 3 pressure sore? he still perches but he seems to keep that foot lifted. </p><p>Then a younger male seems to have vomited when I started them on the vita-sol yesterday, he vomited on the drive from ct but I had attributed this to the car ride and extended stress.</p><p> all seem to have green poops- is that normal? My american budgies don't have that but they have been better cared for. thanks April in Putnam County, NY</p>
Type of Animal: English Budgie
Gender: 5 male 1 female
Age: 1+ yrs
Name of Bird: no names yet
trying to switch to pellet diet with fresh vegetables, providing variety of perching surfaces, adding vitamin suppliment to water, nails and wings to be clipped tommorow.
Greetings, I am Dr. Pat. I have worked with birds for many years. I will do my best to help you.Do not apply anything to the injured foot. It may be from trauma or other problems. Move the sick birds to an aquarium, box or carrier with soft towels in the bottom, no perch, and food and water in low bowls that can be reached easily. Put the whole thing on a heating pad on low or medium. Keep the unit partially covered, warm and quiet. Go to this link for some ideas.Pet/feed store medications and home remedies are harmful, ineffective, immuno-suppressive, and make them much worse and may interfere with the veterinarian's diagnosis and treatment. Do not use them. You are going to need local help on this, and a scientific and solid diagnosis to find safe and effective treatment.You need to consult an avian-experienced veterinarian ASAP for complete examination, diagnosis and appropriate treatment. Check this link for members of AAV in your area or call your regular vet and see who they recommend; ask if they really have worked with birds a lot. The green poop could simply be from the new diet, or could be very serious disease process. They should be DNA tested for polyoma virus, Psittacine feather and beak disease, psittacosis, Macrorhabdus, and tests for Salmonella and other aviary bacterial diseases. If these were my patients, I would start with complete fecal analysis and direct smear, for multiple parasites and Macrorhabdus; bacterial culture and sensitivity of the feces and choana. Depending on the case I might do a fungal culture. Routine blood work is necessary to rule out other issues on any sick birds. I start them out on antibiotics as indicated by the tests (I use a lot of human antibiotics that are injectable). They should stay in quarantine until all the tests are negative.
what about the vomiting- could that be caused by the vitamin suppliment?
I cannot say over the net. That's why you need to have them seen by a vet. I do not recommend ANY kind of supplements.
25+ years working primarily or exclusively with birds