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Russ seems to be breathing a bit wheezy whenever she gets a bit excited/flies around. She's fine when she's just sitting there, but I've noticed whenever she comes to me, she's breathing a bit heavy.

Her cere has a weird growth - kinda like what you see with mites/when females go through the mating process (I know what I'm talking about) but she's had that for a year or so and the vet said nothing of concern, at the time she was breathing fine blah blah.

Annoying thing is there are no bird specialists here. Sigh. She seems healthy otherwise.

Thoughts?
 

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I'm sorry she is having trouble. I don't know anything, and can't offer advice, but I know it is worrisome when you don't have bird specialists near.
 

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Maybe she's just tired after she flies? I dunno. But it's not normal for birds to wheeze.

Respiratory illness springs to mind though. It's quite common in birds.

If her cere is looking strange that could be the cause, the nostrils could be closed of blocked, and she's finding it hard to get air through them.

Sorry, I'm not of much help. Maybe someone else has any other ideas?
 

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Upper respiratory virus? Sadly we lost a budgie, as the vet misdiagnosed and gave wrong meds. Made me so mad. He suffered too long. Try to find an avian vet and best wishes for Russ!
 

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Upper respiratory virus? Sadly we lost a budgie, as the vet misdiagnosed and gave wrong meds. Made me so mad. He suffered too long. Try to find an avian vet and best wishes for Russ!
hmm, i was thinking respiratory as well.

sadly, it's quite important to have an avian vet, not just any vet, check your birds. i too have known people to have lost birds because the vet, used to treating cats and dogs, have giving the wrong advice. birds are a very specialized subject, so it can be tricky.

the avian vet i always have used recently moved away, but i live in wellington nz as well so if i track down another avian vet (which i am working on, it's good to be prepared) i will tell you.
 

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Give her a good bath, in the closed in bathroom, with warm water and have the shower running. Make the room nice and humid. Even if she won't bathe, make the room really damp and humid. When she's been in there for a bit, and you can get her a little wet, gently examine her cere, and see if it's blocked in any way or what the growth looks like/feels like. She may not like being handled, but you need to know if her airway is blocked or not. Once you can see in there and get a better feel for it, let us know what you find, ok? A few forum members might be able to give better advice with a better description :thumbsup:
 
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