What's Wrong with my Budgie?

Petfam

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Jul 13, 2013
Hello all,
My 3 year old parakeet, Benjamin, is acting very odd. He is gagging and looks like he is trying to vomit, and then he shakes his head and ruffles his feathers, and continues to gag. He doesn't seem to have any trouble breathing and he is able to hop from perch to perch in between the periods where he is gagging. At one point Benji stopped doing this and began preening himself, but he is unable to without shaking his head and fluffing up. He also is scratching his face and rubbing his beak on the perch. This morning I put a bit of crushed up cereal in the bird's treat holder, which he my other parakeet, Blueberry, enjoy. This is not the first time that they have eaten this cereal. Could a bit of the cereal be stuck in Benji's throat? He seems to be getting a little better as I write this, not so much gagging, but there is still the feather fluffing and head scratching.
Thanks!
 

Alpha1

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Mar 28, 2012
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USA
I hope Benjamin is doing better now. I don't have any experience with birds, but I imagine a bit of cereal or something else may be caught in his throat. Please let us know if he's okay. :)
 

cjtremblay

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Jul 15, 2013
Hello,

I am a proud owner of 2 african greys and a parrotlet.. I have come across a similar situation with my little parrotlet. What I think may be happening is he could be adjusting his 'crop' which is what we think of as a gullet. If he doesn't get better by this evening/tomorrow am, I would consider bringing him to the nearest vet to make sure it isn't an infection of some sort.
 

ALR1111

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Jun 6, 2013
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Florida
I have had a Budgie and a Pionus. I also babysat an Amazon for an extended period. With that said, I am by no means an expert on birds. From time to time, each bird would exhibit strange (to me) behavior which turned out to be perfectly normal. Even though I was freaking out, a trip to the vet gave me much needed peace of mind.
 

Petfam

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Jul 13, 2013
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Thank you everyone! He's fine now and has been for the past week or so.
 

Sharvani

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Aug 2, 2021
Same is Happening with my Budgie..Please tell me how your Benjamin cured? We don't have doctors near us to treat Our Budgie, Sky! Please Reply
 


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