Budgie Throwing Up Clear Liquid (2 Reasons Why + What To Do)

Your tiny budgie is likely a very sweet and loving pet to you, so, you wouldn’t want anything negative to happen to the bird, unfortunately, negative things can happen to your pet.

This article is a look into why your budgie is throwing up clear liquid. 

Budgie throwing up clear liquid:

Throwing up is not normal or natural for any pet never mind your pet budgie, here are reasons why this may be happening 

It’s water:

Water is life for many animals, in the same breath, water can be dangerous if taken in in large amounts.

Budgies drink water by dipping their beaks into the bowls of water and then tipping their heads back to get the water down their throat.

If your small bird drinks water, but takes in too much water, then the bird can cough up the water, throw the water up, or, the water can flow out of the birds mouth.

The bird can take in too much water through drinking or can take in water when showering or bathing.

This is likely what is going on with your bird if there are no signs of distress that show up along with the throwing up water and as long as the throwing up water only happens occasionally. 

What to do:

This phenomenon is common in birds, budgies included and it isn’t something that you need to worry about.

Just make sure that the bird doesn’t show signs of being in distress or being ill while throwing up the water. Keep an eye on the bird, and make sure that the throwing up of water stops quickly.

Infectious Laryngotracheitis: 

If the clear liquid that the bird is throwing up is not water but is rather a clear mucus then your budgie may have a disease called Infectious Laryngotracheitis, also called ILT. 

This is a viral disease that is highly contagious and can affect a whole range of bird species, and unfortunately, the mortality rates of birds who have this ailment are quite high. 

This viral infection is caused by the herpesvirus, Gallid alpha herpesvirus type 1 (GaHV-1) to be more precise.

Your healthy bird may contract this ailment if it comes into contact with a bird that is already sick.

Other ways that your healthy bird can get this ailment is if the bird comes into contact with the tissue of a contaminated dead bird, if the bird is touched by a human who is contaminated with this virus, if the bird touches equipment, housing or other birds contaminated with this virus. 

Other signs of ILT in your budgie, other than the bird vomiting mucous, include sneezing or coughing of blood, wheezing and gasping, especially when breathing, watery discharge from the bird’s nostrils, and watery eyes 

What to do:

Unfortunately, there is no known cure for this ailment at the time of this article writing but if your bird has a secondary bacterial infection then the vet will be able to prescribe antibiotics to clear this infection 

The bird will have to recover on its own, isolate the sick bird to keep the other healthy birds safe, and give the sick bird plenty of fresh nutrient-rich foods and water also, ensure that the bird is in a room with good ventilation.

You can also vaccinate the birds who do not have this sickness.

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Budgie Throwing Up Clear Liquid (2 Reasons Why + What To Do)
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