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Okay so long story short, Mum set my Male Scarlet-Chested Parakeet (SCP) free (which I was very upset about) and my female died quite some time ago. Recently I found a pair in a petshop (It was mainly a fish shop and most of his birds I knew he got from good breeders). They were 9 months of age, a non-related breeding pair, Just what I wanted.

So I had seen them twice before and then the day I picked them up of course, and they seemed perfectly fine. I looked quite carefully and came to the conclusion that they seemed pretty healthy.

Now this next bit is the bit I feel so bad about. Please don't judge me on my decision. But I brought these birds home and I could imagine my mums words if I told her that I should quarantine them before putting them in the aviary "They'll be fine" in that tone that sounds almost angry making me feel stupid. I could just imagine it. My mum is nice but when it comes to birds sometimes she just doesn't get my decisions. So, yes, as you probably guessed, I skipped quarantine. I hope you all understand my stupid decision, but I just hate it when my mum doesn't get my point. I know how important it is that I quarantine my birds, but arguing with my mum (who seems to rule the household, if you get what I mean) just makes me feel bad.

And now as you probably all guessed, I think my newly purchased Scarlet-Chested is sick. I noticed as soon as I put him in the aviary that he started falling asleep on the concrete floor. I figured it was just because he didn't know where any of the perches was and it was getting close to dark. The female seems fine and slept on the perch but that was really only because when I opened the box she got scared and flew directly up.

So, it's the next day now and I've noticed my male S-C seems to always be sleepy. Since my aviary birds aren't friendly they are usually scared when I walk in the aviary, and they're eyes widen and they look very alert. The Female SCP does this but the male hasn't once which I know is not good. His appearance seems okay.

So now there's what I think is a sick bird in an aviary full of healthy birds and it's all my fault. I thought this sounded like a Worm, which SCP's are prone to getting since they spend so much of their life on the ground. Please tell me what I should do. I really want to take him to a vet and get him checked properly but mum thinks that we can just order vitamins and worming stuff online and everything will be fine, but I know that's not how it works. Does it sound like anything serious? And if it does then I will try my hardest to convince her to take him to the vet no matter what.



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Sorry to say but it does sound like something very serious. This is what I was trying to say before about them hiding the illnesses they have so well. He could have had something wrong with him even at the pet store but stress (so the stress of him being moved) can make an illness flare up very severely. Please get him to a vet because he should not be spending time puffed up on the floor. The grass parrots do spend a lot of time on the floor, as you said, but he shouldn't be there that much and he should be foraging. Get him inside and get him in a comfortable cage with heat source. If you can't get to an avian vet try and call a 24 hour emergency contact line? A lot of avian vets do have that there... but I do think that he needs to see one ASAP. What is the weather like at the moment where you are?
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At the moment the weather is around 14 Degrees Celcius. It doesn't feel too cold, and even if it was it doesn't snow here. We have vets about 10 minutes away and even though they do treat cats and dogs etc... they are quite skilled at treating birds. Unfortunately it is expensive but like many people say, don't buy birds if you don't want to pay the cost. So I will have to try and catch him and take him to the vet first thing tomorrow (I have school but hopefully mum will be able to take him. P.s Just letting you know, he's not sleeping on the floor tonight. He still is obviously sleepy and just does not appear active like the rest of my birds.

Thankyou for your help Daisy, Hopefully it's not too late.



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Good luck at the vets!
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