To the Point:
I have a young budgie named Benny with some manner of respiratory problem (he sounds congested and occasionally clicks). I did take him to a vet, but of course he wouldn't make all of those awful congested noises in front of the vet (and Benny isn't sick enough to exhibit the universal "sick bird" symptoms) so all the vet could really do was give me some practical advice; namely, to use a heat lamp.
That was days ago. I've been using a lamp during the day (it's the kind we use to raise baby chickens) and wasn't sure if it was doing any good because, of course, the budgies are afraid of it. But today I turned off the lamp for a few hours, as a test I guess?... and he sounded noticeably worse. I turned it back on and within twenty minutes he's acting better.
But now I'm afraid to turn it off for the night. Which is worse, to let him get cold, or to keep him (and probably all the other birds in the room) awake all night with the light on? I realize what would be best is probably special light bulb designed for this purpose (they make those, right??) but it might be several days before I have the opportunity to go out and find something like that.
What should I do for now? How bad is 24-hour overhead fake sunshine? A lack of sleep has to be bad for the immune system.
And, what about a humidifier? I was using one because it's winter and dry, but Benny's noises are very wet-sounding, so.. I dunno. (If it's Aspergillosis, wouldn't humidity be a bad thing?)
if there's anyone here who remembers me from, oh 5 years ago? (I'll be shocked if anyone actually does)... HI! I'll try and be more loyal/sociable this time.