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  1. Since my post of the other day, I have done a little bit of research and I found that what my budgie was doing in the hours before he died was a type of behaviour that is mainly seen in Eclectus parrots. It is called Toe Tapping & Wing Flipping. However, Eclectus don't normally die and even though there are few different theories as to its cause, the most popular theory is dietery related - over supplementation of certain vitamins/minerals. Other speculative causes are fortified foods, preservatives, colours, additives, metal toxicity, pesticides, chemicals, calcium deficiency & food allergies. The only possible cause in the case with my budgie could have been a food allergy. He would literally eat ANYTHING and earlier on in the night had tried to get into some horrible Maccas that one of the children had brought home. It was some type of salsa sauce on a burger. Except for this, these causes don't seem to relate to my little bird so I guess I will never know what else was going on and what went wrong. Thank you to all who answered - I really appreciate the kind words.
  2. Hi, Up until very early Friday morning my family and I lived alongside a much loved sky blue recessive pied budgerigar. He was just over 12 months old and seemingly healthy - very active, eating well, playing chattering etc. He hadn't been exposed to draughts, pesticides, chemicals or poisons of any kind. I don't use, or even possess Teflon pans, so no fumes from those either. He hadn't eaten avocado and I don't have indoor plants. He lived inside the house and spent most of his time outside his cage with me as I am lucky enough not to have to work outside the home. Leading up to his death, he hadn't had any signs of being fluffed up or sleepy. He hadn't vomited or had diarrhoea. The only things that I could say I ever questioned were every now and then he would sneeze a couple of sneezes in a row and they were wet sneezes. This would happen say once a week, maybe less, but not more. There was no staining above the cere. When he was a few months old I took him to an avian vet and his impression was there was no staining above cere, nostrils were clear and not to worry as it would be due to dust acting as an irritant, but to bring him back if the nasal discharge (when sneezing) became anything but clear or if his symptoms changed or got worse. Nothing changed - so life went on as normal. The other mysterious thing he would do was get overheated very easily - even when it wasn't hot. For instance he was incredibly bonded to me and my partner and would get close as possible to our faces and mouths to kiss us and to hear us talk to him. Within half a minute he would be holding his wings away from his body - slightly, but enough to notice. Sometimes he would do this for no apparent reason and occasionally his wings would quiver or shiver. It would last no more that 30 seconds and be over. I am also not sure if this is relevant but I am searching for why he died andif I have allowed it to happen by not acting when I could have. Anyway, when he preened/groomed part of his ritual involved kicking his legs/feet up to hisbutt - seemingly to something off. However, there was never any debris thereand he was mite/lice free so have no idea why he did it as none of my otherbudgies have. Incidentally, he only occasionally slept on one leg. This is the lead up to his death: On Thursday just past he seemed to be of normal character – eating normally andplaying etc. At about 3am on Friday morning, (crazily), I was at my computertrying finishing off some incomplete work. Budge was asleep in his cage on thetable and I noticed he had woken and had come down to the door to be let out. Iturned the light on and he came over to sit near my laptop (a favourite placefor him). He was not fluffed up. He proceeded to groom his feet and legsdesperately – almost like he had lice, mites, or ants biting/irritating him. Iput my hand down for him and instead of hopping on; he put his head to the sidefor me to scratch him – something that he doesn't readily offer on a whim. Iwas surprised and concerned so I picked him up fairly easily (again somethinghe would usually see coming and fly off), to see what was wrong with his feet/legs.I took him to a bright lamp and could see nothing so I put him back in his cagebut left the light on to observe him. He had stopped grooming but had startedopening and closing each of his feet alternately – somewhat, like walking onthe spot, he looked agitated. This went on for a minute or so – he started tolook quite distressed. He jumped down from his perch and continued moving histoes/feet – by now I was extremely worried and took him out. He stood on myhand and continued to flex his toes in and out, he now started to hold hiswings out from his body and they started to quiver. He still wasn't fluffed up.It was now almost4am. It's still quite warm up here but I got a heat pad andput the aircon on warm. I put him back in his cage and he continued to move hisfeet/legs. He didn't want to perch and stood on the bottom of his cage. Hedidn't stay on the heat pad and moved away from it. I gave him seed and waterwith Quikgel (Rob Marshall product). I droppered him a little quickgel waterand he climbed to my shoulder and continued to twitch his wings a little andmove his feet. This behaviour seemed to diminish but when I took him from myshoulder he had dropped down to a horizontal position and his eyes had thatterrible vacant look. I have a few medications in the fridge as I have learned that small animal vetstry to help, but birds are different to cats, dogs and guinea pigs, so it'shard for them too and an acutely sick bird would be hard pressed to travel12+hrs in a car to the nearest avian vet in either Brisbane or Toowoomba. Fromthis part of the world I usually phone consult with an avian vet in Sydney whenI have had problems with my other birds. But at 5am no chance of that. Feelingdesperate and totally out of my depth, I droppered him some broad spectrumantibiotic. He was weak, and hadn't attempted to stand or move and his eyeswere now closed. It was a desperate attempt to fix him but it was either thewrong thing to do, the wrong meds or too little too late - He didn't open hiseyes again and took his last breath at 7.45am. I haven't been able to ring theavian vet and speak to him about what might have happened but I will do so inthe next couple of days when I am feeling a bit less emotional. Any ideas or insight would be appreciated. Thank you. Not a great photo, but was taken the day before he died.
  4. Hi GB, I have always loved these pics. The first might be a good Christmas image, and the second - maybe it looks a bit agro??? Anyway, good luck with it all!
  5. Why don't you leave the budgies as they are, (outside in the aviary), and keep the lovebird as an indoor pet. I've never had both budgies and lovebirds together so I cannot comment on that aspect, however, it kind of defeats the purpose of getting a single hand reared bird if its going outside into an aviary, (this is aside from the fact it may act aggressively towards your budgies). Also, logically, I don't think hand rearing would stop a lovebird from showing aggression if they have a territorial/aggressive nature. I have a lorkieet who is hand reared and is the sweetest of birds, however, I know my budgie wouldn't stand a chance if I left them out together. I know a lorikeet is much bigger than a lovebird, but even if the lovebird annoyed the budgies at the very least, it wouldn't really be fair on them would it?
  6. Penny

    Lost Budgie

    I have put up 15 posters around my area and am about to put out the last of 165 flyers (in letter boxes). I will also, as suggested by Hezz, put a lost and found advert in this weeks local paper. There is nothing else I can do, only wait and hope that she has been lucky enough to have been caught by someone. To be honest I am not that hopeful as she is pretty timid and has been gone for 24 hours now in cold weather, she's also in the middle of a moult, which knocks her around a bit in itself.
  7. I have lost my little female budgie named Beanie. It was my fault as I didn't close our front door properly and since it was windy here yesterday, the front door blew open. Both she and another male flew out. I got the my male back easily, however she was not with him and I am beside myself with guilt, and fear for her safety - it's so cold now. This happened yesterday afternoon about 2pm. I left the light on last night and have left her cage where it's visible and am playing recordings of budgies so she might be able to hear and come back. I am also going to distribute some flyers. There is a small aviary up the road and I will go and see the owners asap, (they haven't been home as yet). Beanie is a yellow face, double factor dominant pied, nearly 3 years old. She is much loved but still very flightly/timid. She loves her cage and mirrors , so if someone did see her and wanted to lure her down a mirror could help with that. I am just waiting to see if she will come back or be found. At the very least I hope she has gone down to someone's house and they have taken her in.
  8. Sure - it could be everytime we get a cold snap. If that's the case, once the weather is consistently cold during winter the moulting should settle down. During late Sept we moved from a warm, tropical climate to a cold one, so maybe she's a bit confused. I will keep an eye on her though as she seems to get a bit run down and even her beak gets flakey.
  9. Hi, my 2 yr old female budgie Beanie seems to moult frequently. For instance, she is moulting now, and this is the 3rd time since early December. When she is moulting her beak becomes a bit flakey. She also seems to be a little bit quieter, sometimes looks a bit bedraggled and her droppings get a bit wetter (not diahorrea - just more urine). I usually give her vitamins and minerals but haven't any at the moment - however the vitamins didn't seem to make a difference in the past. Her diet hasn't changed and her appetite is always good. She doesn't go bald or anything and when her new feathers grow back she looks beautiful and sleek and goes back to normal. This cycle just seems to happen too frequently - some advice about this would be appreciated. Thanks.
  10. It does sound like he is 'feeding' things. It's a really normal thing for a male budgie to do, especially one kept on his own - not a bad habit - just instinct. I don't think there's any way to stop it. My male budgie continued to 'feed' his favourite things even after he acquired a female friend. He would feed his lady and then go and feed our digital clock, his favourite perch and then the hook from which their cage hung! He was a very busy budgie! As far as getting him a friend, a female budgie would work - if you don't want them to reproduce don't allow them access to anything that resembles a nest box. Otherwise, I think that males get along well together. My very, very tame budgie, Coco, was 6 months old when we got him his little female friend, Beanie. Although he kept his little lady to himself, and she didn't become very friendly at all, it didn't affect his bonding with me. I spent a lot of time with, firstly him, and then both of them, and he just just continued to get tamer and tamer - amazingly so. Anyway, this has been my experience with my little budgies.
  11. Hi, I gather the oil wasn't hot, and if not I would wash the bird in warm water with some 'no more tears' baby shampoo, warm rinse it and then let it dry off in a warm, warm spot. Maybe under a light - the same as what you would do for a sick budgie. I'm not sure if there is anything else you could do. It would depend on how oily the bird was as to how effective washing it will be. Hopefully someone with more specific experience will reply. Good luck.
  12. Thanks Kaz, I'll try to find one ready made first at the 2 pet shops and if I have no luck then I'll make one using a nest box I think.
  13. Oops, I am sure if I can't make one that the airport sells them, inquire there. They are ment to be light weight and small. Yes, I thought they would have them there (Aust. Air Express Sydney), but apparently not. At least that was what I was told not when I first rang to enquire. I was told they only had options for dogs and cats. I might ring tomorrow morning just in case - before I go searching.
  14. Hopefully, this is the right place for me to post. I have to travel interstate and I have just bought a new little budgie (which I just posted about yesterday). I have decided I am going to take him with me as he is separated/quarantined from my others and I am not confident to leave him at home to be looked after. Also I'm probably going to be away for a couple of weeks so I feel it's too long for me to leave with a carer. I have booked on a qantas flight and him too and now I need a travel box. Please does anyone know where I can purchase such a cage? I fly out tuesday and if I can't buy one I'll have to make one tomorrow (if I can).
  15. Well, thanks everyone. I'll post again in a few months when there's maybe something more definitive to look at. I don't really care if it's a boy or girl, but I do like to at least make a bit of a guess, and I like to hear about what experienced breeders see so I can try and see the same thing. Like I said previously, my female budgie Beanie, I was sure, (100%!) was a male, but over a few months there was a striking transformation to say the least!
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