Last Friday 4th July these two beautiful baby Rainbow budgies came home with us. The one with the yellow face I’ve called Sunshine and the blue one I’ve called Charlie. They were born 1 may 2014.
Sunshine was a bit sneezy on Monday but they were both perky enough, however on Wednesday morning Charlie started breathing hard and fast and wheezing! Although at times, he looked like everything was fine and was eating and drinking, preening and playing, when you looked under his tail you could see he was still breathing far too fast. DH phoned the avian vet and we took them both over in the afternoon. By that time Charlie’s wheezing was worse and more noisy. They were amazing in the car, I talked to them all the way and when I peeped under the cover both were sitting on the perch near me, like it was helping them.
The vet was too worried about handling them with Charlie’s breathing so fast, and they had to stay in. The vet thinks its a repertory infection of some kind given the sneezing Sunshine had exhibited previously and they would have had the condition before we brought them home but the stress of moving them to home had likely set it off.
Sunshine looked it better shape as her breathing was ok but the vet thinks she’s likely a carrier and her immune system was just stronger than Charlie’s. They needed antibiotic injections :( and would need another each day so although I was heartbroken to be parted from them so soon, it was important to do what ever would give them the best chance of survival. So they are in there till Saturday so they can be kept medicated as needed and nebulised/ crop fed if necessary. So worried for them they are so little, the shop said they were born 1 May 2014 and they looked so small in the cage, it broke my heart as they are so bonded to each other, quite tame about hands at the moment and also were just at the stage where both were taking millet from my hand through the bars, its a critical time for our bonding and taming. But I just want them fit and well.
Luckily thanks to an online forum I already knew where our nearest avian vet was, they are excellent and have treated our other birds for many years.
Please send healing thoughts and prayers for their recovery. The vet phoned Thursday morning to say no change to Charlie but only had the one dose of antibiotics yet so it was what they would expect at this point. Sunshine is still doing ok. At least Charlie made it through the night which I had worried about last night.
Always know where a proper Avian vet is BEFORE you get birds! Its heart-breaking enough when they get poorly but many vets are not highly trained for birds and the birds are very vulnerable when they get sick and need expert assistance as soon as you see issues. Birds are also very good at hiding illness, at first glance Charlie looked ok but look closer and his breathing issues were still apparent. Time is a deal breaker for weather they survive a health issue, you don’t want to be doing a search for a vet at the last minute.