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05/04/2018 / featheredfiends

Sky and his illness

Last week, Sky was really ill. This really worried me because Sky is my oldest budgie at 11 and a half years old.

The first thing I noticed was that he was not feeding the big mirror or doing his “Sky-Wild-Thang” in the soap-dish on the window.

His droppings became runny and green, lacking in any proper substance. He was also a bit fluffed up and lacking in energy.

I started feeding him surreptitious bits of red millet, and adding more oats to the seed mix. I also gave the budgies boiled egg two days in a row as I noticed that they were all moulting heavily.

I’d Swept up a pillowcase full of fluffy feathers in two days and together they had lost 4 tails feathers, several flights and many tail coverts.

Thankfully within a few days Sky’s droppings had started to firm up and he’d gained enough energy to preen his friend Blithe, whom he’d been neglecting.

Today I have seen him do the soap-dish thing twice, which is great, I feel that Sky is getting back to normal, fingers crossed.



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  1. KDKH / Apr 5 2018 4:07 PM

    Good job staying on top of his health! My fingers are crossed, too.

  2. H.J. for avian101 / Apr 5 2018 6:01 PM

    Get well soon Sky! πŸ™‚

  3. rosebudgie / Apr 6 2018 8:23 AM

    Yes, please get properly well soon, Sky! πŸ™‚

  4. Aviangirl / Apr 6 2018 9:32 AM

    Mommisan and I are praying for you and Sky. Molting is hard for the fids on a regular basis, but this year seems to be worse.

    Mommisan and I use some products that may help. She never gives the full amount stated as she says she can provide treatment longer at lower doses. We give all our fids Hagen Moulting treat and oats and groats. They have to keep their appetite up. πŸ˜‡

    We also use an herbal supplement called Arthritis Formula Pain Relief by Avitec. It works a treat. The woman who owns Avitec has a lot of great herbal medicines and supplements. The website is The owner takes care of the customs for me with the shipping cost. I live in Canada and the store is located in the USA. Products coming over the border can be very complicated.

    We also use Ecotrition Vita-Sol Multi Vitamin 8 in 1. It seems to be useful too.

    Sorry for the long winded response but we are bird ladies to the max. Two of our cockatiels are having problems right now and I am freaking out. They are female and almost 16 years old. I know what we are up against, but we are doing everything we can and praying like crazy. We also know that we are not capable of handling life. 😏

    Anyway, we are praying for you and Sky and all your feathered babies.

    Gina and Mommisan
    aka Aviangirl and Budgiegirl

    • featheredfiends / Apr 7 2018 7:50 AM

      Thanks so much. I hope that your birds are through their moult soon x

  5. theparakeetperch / Apr 8 2018 3:54 AM

    I hope everything turns out well for the birds. Moulting is tough work!

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