Success Treating Budgie Swollen Eye Conjunctivitis
I wanted to pass the following along to everyone. I have had success in treating what I am guessing is a sinus problem, which turned into a swollen eye and bad case of conjunctivitis. Noticed that one of the budgies eyes began to swell as though the eye were being pushed out of its socket. The bird displayed no other symptoms and still seemed active and healthy so I monitored closely. About the third day bird moved to bottom of cage, and was obviously in distress. The eyelids and outside of eye became red and very swollen and the bird began rubbing it. Move to separate cage and set up space heater for extra heat. Began applying the following: flushed eye with saline solution from drug store, then would immediately apply triple antibiotic ointment (from human drugstore) to its eye every 4 hours with a Q-tip. The ointment was rubbed on birds eyelids, and very corners of eye yes the ointment was in the birds eye, but I was careful not to apply it directly to the eye for fear of scratching the cornea. Also began administering a dose of Ornacyn bird antibiotic (from pet store) directly to bird with eye dropper. Mix was about 2 ounces of water to 1/8 tsp of antibiotic powder. Administered about 2 drops every 2-4 hours. Since this bird had liver problems in the past I also switched out its water supply for the same formula that I administered to it during liver problems (The water was completely replaced with the aloe vera about 2-4 ounces, added 5-10 drops of milk thistle, and 1/8 tsp of the antibiotic. It was refreshed every other day.) Swelling went down significantly by day 3, and by day 5 bird had made complete recovery.