Male 7 y/o budgie. Gave him a long spray bath this afternoon with water (never usually do this) and he loved it and got very wet. Tonight I noticed watery saliva like discharge from mouth. He bobs head up and down and liquid keeps coming out (bubbles). He is sitting on seed bar now higher up in cage, off perch. Not sure if getting so wet today from water spray bottle caused this or if it is seeds. The latest batch of parakeet food from pet smart "Kaytee Fiesta Max" is a variety mix with more than just the usual parakeet seeds.
Pet's Gender: Male
Pet's Age: 7
Type of Animal: parakeet
Name of Bird: leo
-- First things first: Get the bird in a safe, enclosed, secure environment where movement is limited for their own safety and comfort. You'll want a brooder box.---For a makeshift brooder, use a small box lined with soft clothes like tee shirts.---Use a thick, clean sock and fill it ¾ with plain, raw white rice. Knot the end and microwave it for about 1 ½ minutes. Shake it afterwards to distribute the heat and be sure it's not too hot. Tuck this in just under the cloths.---A heating pad under the box is also helpful, set on low. This is one of the few times I’d ever use both heat sources if necessary to maintain incubation temp (90-105 degrees).--- If ever using an electric source for heating anything in anyway, please be vigilant and constantly double checking carefully.--- Gently drape a light cover over this box to further help hold heat in and keep light low. --- I wouldn’t force fluids or food though until a professional has agreed it’s required.--- A bird may show their weakness, illness and lack of energy one moment, even for a few hours or days - and then “suddenly” seem to be fine. This is their getting a second wind. Finding the strength to ‘mask’ the illness or problem. And since this masking can continue for a while, the underlying issue is only getting worse. The next time you see the bird acting ‘off’, it might be really, really bad.---If your bird is acting ‘off’, no matter what – no matter when, they need to be seen by their vet. Infections and disease are far more successfully and inexpensively treated when tackled early. Unlike mammals, avians don’t fare well with a “watch and wait” protocol. --- Though specialized avian vets are ideal, any vet who sees a majority of birds or at least 1/3 of their practice consisting of birds is a good choice.--- If you have a Pet Smart, you have Banfield Clinic inside, open 7 days a week and they see birds.--- If you have a Pet Co, they have a list of vet names that they use for themselves and are happy to give you, ask for 'bird vets'.--- Ask any vet in town who they'd recommend for bird care. Ask any good breeder in town who they use (if they don't use anyone, they are not a good breeder, stay away from them).--- It's possible that he inhaled some of the water spray and catching it early like this can often avoid dealing with life threatening pneumonia or air sac infections when a vet administers a proper injection of antibiotic (do not ever use over the counter garbage pet stores sell as 'antibiotics' - they can and often do kill birds). Speaking of which (pet store products) - you'll no doubt be stunned to learn that seeds often shorten the lives of our birds and are a primary cause of liver disease, heart disease and a host of other very unfortunate, life threatening conditions. --- No matter what is written or claimed on the packaging, there are no 'truth in advertising' laws for animals like for humans. Animals are considered replaceable goods. Like a chair. And very few owners can afford lawyers to go after manufacturers of lethal products when the end result is, at best, XXXXX XXXXX cost' of the animal. These are our loved ones. Our companions. And your little guy, like all hookbilled birds (psittacines) are considered among the sentient animals. Like a dolphin, elephant, ape or human. He knows he exists and thus, can be afraid when he's ill, or insecure when something new happens in his environment. It also means that he can really love you and trust you. Right now though, let's get him comfortable for the night and get him seen tomorrow even if he seems better. --- Then, when it comes to modifying his nutritional options check this out for a step by step and creative ideas about how http://www.4AnimalCare.org/birds----- I'd love to know how you make out, so please check back ok?
Cert. Avian Specialist; Int. Assoc.Animal Behavior Consult; Pet Ind. Joint Advisory Council; author