Django’s Rough Weekend

Mark recently adopted little Django, a once nameless budgie. Django has been doing great. He loves to squawk and spend most of his time making beats by tapping on his mirror with his beak. I was very impressed with how well he did on the ride home from his previous location, his cooperation with hand training, and his ability to navigate while flying. It was truly remarkable to see considering the fact that he was not used to human interaction and had rarely, if at all, been let out of his cage in the past.

This past Friday was rainy and overcast outside. Django was fairly quiet and wasn’t upbeat like he had been the past few days. It seemed that he may have been relaxing and subdued due to the weather. However, as the day passed, his body language became gradually worse. By the time I came home from work to visit, he had looked the worst that he had. I noticed that when he did attempt to eat, he was throwing up seed (this looks like a violent head shake when little seed particles fly across the room). His eyes were also swollen . Mark and I took him into an emergency vet clinic in town (thankfully just opened last year) and waited to see a vet. After looking at his crop, the vet confirmed that he had an avian yeast infection, most likely brought on by stress. She described it as if he had athletes foot in his throat, as the infection causes the crop to feel like it’s burning due a change in PH level. She prescribed two oral medications to give to him twice a day. He is getting better minute by minute and he can hold his food down. His medication is almost done, which he really does not enjoy to say the least. We are looking forward to sharing more stories from a healthy and upbeat bird!

Django

Image: A Fulmer, June 2013

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