Hi everyone! My husband and I are newbie budgie parents and I am wondering if we should be concerned with our bird’s behaviour. We got her ( Bubbles ) earlier this week and she seemed to warm up to us decently fast. She is still pretty timid, which was to be expected, however today she seems a lot quieter and hasn’t moved much from her perch at all today.
Last night she was sitting and eating by my husband ( her cage is on his desk ) and was chirruping and made some happy noises. She sat there watching him for a good hour or so. When we woke up this morning and uncovered her cage, she seemed to act normal. Acting a little sleepy, but she chirped a little this morning. As the day has gone on she hasn’t moved from her one perch and is slightly hunched over. She seems alert but doesn’t do anything.
Is this something we should be concerned about? I can’t tell if she is starting to get sick or if she is perhaps bored. Also she played with her toys after the first couple days we brought her home but we haven’t seen her play with them much yesterday or today.. We also have been making sure to talk to her and play relaxing music too.
What are her poops like? Are they wet and sloppy, or tight dry little nuggets? Is she getting the same food as she was previously eating?
It is possible that the stress of the move is causing her to succumb to some previously undetected illness, or she may be overwhelmed by the whole new home, new humans, new sounds etc. If you have any doubts at all regarding her health, you are best to get her to an avian vet if possible for a check up. Birds hide illness very well in the early days, until they are so sick that they can no longer hide it. You are best of erring on the side of caution and getting her checked out, rather than waiting to see what happens, especially as she is new to you and you are not the most experienced at reading the symptoms of a sick bird.
Some photos of her cage set up and of the bird herself might help.
We are not Vets, Avian or otherwise. If you have any serious doubts about your budgies' health an appointment with an Avian vet should always be your first point of call.