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I have a 3 year old male budge. I have noticed over the last

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I have a 3 year old male budge. I have noticed over the last few weeks it just sits at the top of the cage on it's perch fluffing it's feathers and tucking it's head in his wings. He is eating and drinking a lot. Before this he was very active. What should I do?
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Dr. Dan replied 4 years ago.

Thank you for your question, I'm Dr. Dan and I'll try to help you.

Whenever a bird is acting other than normal in anyway including fluffed up, sitting on the bottom of the cage, lethargic (sleeping too much or low energy), has watery stool, decreased eating, or not preening it means they are sick, very sick. In this case he fits the the lethargy and fluffed symtptoms, the other symptoms I mentioned could still be coming. Unfortunately, for all of us it does not specify any certain disease in fact it can be many diseases but it does signal that they feel terrible. The bad thing about this is the same symptoms can be a minor cold or serious life threatening illness egg binding, liver disease, or heart disease among other problems. The best thing you can do is keep your bird's environment warm (over 80F) and see your vet ASAP. If your bird stops eating then you need to go today/tonight on emergency. If you can't make it to the vet the only thing OTC that can have any benefit is AVIx booster, the instructions are on the label.

The best thing is the vet ASAP otherwise try the supplement. I hope this helps, best wishes.

Dr. Dan