hi there, Haven't been on the forum for a while but I need your guys' help.
I have a friend that has a budgie. At the beginning of the summer, he used to scratch his eyes and he started to lose feathers around his eyes. Then he was fine and it went away. He has always been his chipper self, always running around, poops are normal, eating fine. Then all of a sudden his eyes became swollen in the middle of the night (this is a couple of months later mind you). But his eyes are clear, no visible discharge from the eye, but right underneath the eyes they are like blisters, and his nose was caked closed. I had my friend gently wipe it clean with warm water and that cleared his nostrils and the swelling went down.
Now I told my friend to contact a vet and the avian veterinarian said to just keep up with the warm water compress and that he should be ok. However I think this is a much more serious sinus infection. The bird seems fine other than his eyes are puffy and the nose discharge. The swelling has gone down a considerable amount in just a couple of days. Is there anything my friend can do for his budgie or do you guys think its absolutely only a vet visit that will cure it. I can try and get a picture of the bird, but it seriously looks like a big blister under each eye.
Also my friend said he cleaned out some spray millet from his nose since the budgie seems to have a knack at getting it in his eyes and nose.... Let me know your thoughts. Thanks!