Yesterday I noticed my budgie was stretching his neck and opening his mouth, which I've always assumed was something like "gagging", or having a food caught in it's throat. It happens occasionally, but he always stops after a while so I've never given it much thought. However, yesterday it seemed to last longer than normal. Later in the evening I saw that he had his wings out, like they do when they're hot. Except this time, his wings were WAY out and shaking heavily.

(The room is air-conditioned at about 77 degrees, there are no noticible drafts and the temp doesn't fluctuate much.) He continued to air himself and shake the rest of the evening, looking lethargic, and often trying to hide behind toys in his cage. This morning he was sleeping on the bottom of his cage, which I've never seem him do. He still looked tired, but was no longer shaking. So, I'm not sure if the gagging and shaking are related, but obviously something's wrong.

The local vet doesn't accept birds, so I'm looking for advice before seeking another vet further away. Thanks
Yesterday I noticed my budgie was stretching his neck and opening his mouth, which I've always assumed was something like ... his wings out, like they do when they're hot. Except this time, his wings were WAY out and shaking heavily.

If your budgie is still young it sounds as though he is begging to be fed. How long have you had him and is he properly weaned? Birdman.
You should take the bird to an avian vet. It's really impossible for anyone here to diagnose the bird.
This site may be able to help you locate a bird vet in your area. http://www.aav.org/vet-lookup /
Good luck,
Dave
If your budgie is still young it sounds as though he is begging to be fed. How long have you had him and is he properly weaned? Birdman.

We've had him for about 1 1/2 years and I've never seen behavior like this from him. When I got home today, thankfully, he was back up on the perch. However, he's still in his puffed-up, lethargic state. There's plenty of food, and the type has not changed since we bought him at the pet store.
Sounds like a visit to the vet is in order, unless the little guy's already dead. When birds start looking sick, it usually means they're critical and need to be treated right away.
So quit screwing around and get your bird evaluated by a competent vet, not the goofballs who populate this newsgroup.
If your budgie is still young it sounds as though ... have you had him and is he properly weaned? Birdman.

We've had him for about 1 1/2 years and I've never seen behavior like this from him. When I got ... lethargic state. There's plenty of food, and the type has not changed since we bought him at the pet store.
get your bird evaluated by a competent vet, not the goofballs who populate this newsgroup.

Oh come on, don't be so down on yourself.
Thanks for the link, I didn't know there was such a reference. I found one that's not too far, so I'll be a taking him in.