Handling & transport for budgie not used to human handling
I have 2 budgies: 1 white & blue-colored male and 1 yellow/green female. The male budgie, Zeke, is ~10-11 years old and was originally with a different female that I no longer have. The female, Zena, was rescued with a different male (who passed away 4 years ago), and at the time I was told that she was around the same age as my original budgies. in 2019 Zena started laying eggs randomly and the egg-laying behavior would occur for ~1 week before she actually would pass an egg. for the past week she has been acting the same way, but i noticed her vent is really dirty and the large volume of droppings looks like it is getting stuck/looks caked on to her vent. I did my best to restrain her and clean off the area with a q-tip and warm saline solution, but neither budgie is used to being handled nor did they ever trust/enjoy human interaction. I didn’t want to stress her so before I had a chance to lubricate her vent I gave her a break. I am starting to worry something is very wrong. She has never been to a veterinarian before or without another budgie. have a cat carrier i can bring her to the vet in, but I have never been in this situation before. Is there any advice you can give me as far as the best way to capture, handle, restrain, and transport her with as little stress to her as possible?