Alfie hasn’t moved in with the rest of flock yet. Since we brought him home he’s had a couple bouts with illness. And right when we were introducing him to the other budgies. The poor little guy was vomiting (not the typical regurgitation budgies will do) and listless. I took him to the vet and he gave Alfie a shot to help with the nausea. He also ran some labs. Alfie quickly recuperated and was his usual cheery self the next day.
Everything seemed fine, but we kept him apart from the other budgies in case he had something contagious. Unfortunately, the vet lost Alfie’s labs, so we had no idea what the problem was. Although Alfie seemed completely fine, we decided to keep him quarantined a little longer. This also gave us some more time to work on bonding with him.
A month later, Alfie was sick again (more vomiting, listless, no poops). So back to the vet we went for another shot and more labs. Once again, Alfie was fine the next day. The labs came back normal – the vet thinks that Alfie just has occasional tummy trouble.
As of today, he’s doing great. He’s been more adventurous. He comes out of his cage to investigate and his flying (and landings) are much improved.
I entered Ozzie in the San Diego Humane Society “Make Your Pet a Pin-Up” contest. We adopted Ozzie from the animal shelter in October 2012, so he would be a perfect candidate for their calendar!
Feel free to vote for Ozzie (so far, he is the only budgie entry – Ozzie represents!). Each vote is $1. Donations will be supporting vital programs and services including the receiving and adoption of animals, education programs, humane law enforcement, Pet-Assisted Therapy in hospitals and health care facilities, and more.
Link to vote for Ozzie: https://www.360photocontest.com/page/viewInd/secure/on/id/44051/contestid/170
If you would rather not participate, wish Ozzie luck!
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