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Russ doesn't seem to be well :(

She laid an egg about 5 days ago, ate it about 2 days ago and for the past day and this morning, she's been SO quiet, a bit hunched over, looking very puffed, tired, breathing heavily, not her usual squawky self in the morning. She didn't even make a noise. She unenergentically moved to the next bar in her cage when I called her, but that's it.

I'm so worried I was crying this morning.

Is she maybe just getting ready to lay another big lot?

I'm trying to get hold of the SPCA/vet now.
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I'd go to a vet asap, it may just be another egg on the way as bird can get egg lethargy. It's not very nice, you sometimes can't tell the difference between that and actually being ill

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It definitely sounds like a visit to the vet is in order!

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Took her to one vet, they told me she was very sick. Yeah, no crap.
So I need to go to another vet out of town that specialises better. Appt in 3 hours.

What the 1st vet did tell me is that she seems to have an air bubble in her chest. She's very swollen there.

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I'm so sorry to hear this. Keep us posted.


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This is how she is looking atm.
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I'm really sorry to hear this. This can't be easy. I truly hope she gets better. Keep us updated, ok?




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Is she eating at all? It almost looks like her crop is impacted and is filling up with food. I hope the second vet is able to help you



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She's eating a little and pooing not much (she's here with me at work).

She's making little noises now, seems a bit happier.
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she does look VERY swollen around the crop area and I have to agree with Jenny, it looks like it could be something to do with the crop

is she pooping enough? and is she eating enough?

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vet says:

She does have another egg on the way. Her crop is swollen cos the food wont go down. Mostly urimating. Her diet isn't the best (cos she wont eat anything other than seed and lettuce so I need to drastically change that when she's better.

She has calcium which I need to give her every day.

She is being very cute and letting the bf and I hold her and pat her when normally she doesn't like that. think she's going to lay soon.
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Please try to change her diet, seed and lettuce is something most budgies will only eat but you really have to get more variety in there, it can be hard but just take away all the seed etc and try her on something else.

Use a cuttlefish bone for calcium + you can buy liquid calcium that you put a few drops of into the water, I highly recommend this.

She is probably letting you hold her like that because she is too exhausted with his egg on the way. I find that with sick birds or birds due to lay that they really don't move that much haha.

She should lay very soon.

Are these eggs fertile?

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Yeah I know I wasn't stubborn enough with her when trying to make her eat, but I will be now.

No the eggs aren't fertile. Will keep you updated.
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Budgies are pretty hard to feed in my opinion, they're seed addicts

And ahh okay! I thought they may be fertile got all excited for chicks then haha!

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Yeah, if food won't go down, her crop is probably impacted. She'll probably need to go on antibiotics to prevent the food stuck in there from fermenting and causing an infection. http://www.avianweb.com/slowcrop.html It could also be gas-filled but that's more common in babies... I suspect if she's not pooping at all, it's impacted and there's something blocking her crop up so none of the food she eats is making its way to her stomach



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she's pooping a bit and the vet gave her something while we were there and me some calcium to put in her water and a new form of food for when she's better.

She's looking much better this morning, I just want this egg to pass and her food to go down
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What did he suggest in order to help the egg pass? Are you supposed to put her into a humid environment?


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Yeah, I covered her cage up lots and put a thick scarf underneath and cranked up the heater last night. It's difficult with it being winter :S
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That would make it very difficult. You really take good care of her. Not many people would take a bird to two different vets. I am rooting for her.


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I hope everything goes okay, I'm sure she'll pass it soon enough

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