Apologies if this is not the correct forum. I acquired a 16 week old harlequin budgie about weeks back, and she seems to have an occasional habit of coughing, going on for minute, linked with beak opening, maybe a bit of headshaking, and swallowing. Still, she was always bright as a button I put it down to habit.
The last two days I occasionally can hear her wheezing when breathing, a falling note, and she sticks her tongue out and looks like she's swallowing some saliva or what-have-you, often when this happens.

Obviously respiratory, but she does not seem listless or fluffed up or off her food. My research suggested maybe goitre or perhaps a (?) lipoma, blocking her airways, but I'm not sure why it is intermittent.

She is on very largely a seed diet: I bought her an iodine tablet today, and she eats a little lettuce.
Anyone out there with experience of these matters who can suggest a likely cause? I would take her to a vet but she seems bright as a button apart from the occasional wheezing. If it continues I'll take her along but would like to rule out nutrition or a chesty cold first,
thanks,
Andy.
Apologies if this is not the correct forum. I acquired a 16 week old harlequin budgie about weeks back, and ... it continues I'll take her along but would like to rule out nutrition or a chesty cold first, thanks, Andy.

Take the bird to the vet. Birds are very good at hiding sickness. Let the vet rule out "chesty cold" or nutrition.
Debbie
Apologies if this is not the correct forum. I acquired ... rule out nutrition or a chesty cold first, thanks, Andy.

Take the bird to the vet. Birds are very good at hiding sickness. Let the vet rule out "chesty cold" or nutrition. Debbie

I get the impression that Andy thinks a "chesty col" isn't serious and will go away on it's own, like it would in a human animal. Of course they don't. The bird needss to see a good avian vet immediately.

Dave
Take the bird to the vet. Birds are very good at hiding sickness. Let the vet rule out "chesty cold" or nutrition. Debbie

I get the impression that Andy thinks a "chesty col" isn't serious and will go away on it's own, like it would in a human animal. Of course they don't. The bird needss to see a good avian vet immediately. Dave

Well, the little bird is "bright as a button". Why waste money on a vet visit when the internet is so cheap?
Debbie
I get the impression that Andy thinks a "chesty col" ... bird needss to see a good avian vet immediately. Dave

Well, the little bird is "bright as a button". Why waste money on a vet visit when the internet is so cheap? Debbie

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Also, budgies are "cheap". Why waste money on a vet who may charge a couple of hundred bucks when you can buy a spanking brand-new baby budgie for less than twenty bucks? If the pet was a three thousand dollar cockatoo, I wonder if the OP would be bothering to ask on the 'Net or would he be racing to the vet as fast as his legs could carry him? Every pet, no matter what the price tag, deserves proper medical treatment by a qualified vet when the situation warrants.
LindaA