I realize this has probably been covered somewhere already, however being paranoid about my new little guy I wanted to get some community input!
I got a new male budgie, Yogi for Christmas and he was about 3 months old when we got him. By now I have tamed him enough for him to come out, and I leave his cage door open all day while I am home. He may come out 1 or 2x throughout the day and will spend time out of the cage for a few hours. He has also became comfortable enough for my to pet him around his crest and he will puff up his head and tilt it to the side so I can scratch him near his ear.
He has been eating and drinking normally, but he seems tired throughout the day. I have tried to get him to eat different veggies but have been unsuccessful so far. He is on a normal seed diet, and has been eating strictly millet for the past 4 days until I could get him some more seeds. Yes, I realize millet is bad for their diet, but was out of town having a family member care for him. When I get him up in the morning he will stay perched on his swing for about 45minutes before coming down, but he will give me a greeting [stretching his wings back].
What concerns me is I hear what sounds like a *tssk* noise a few times a day, and I'm not sure if this is what a sneeze sounds like or he's practicing a new sound. He is talkative, but not as much as he was when we first got him oddly enough. Even no he woke up, stayed perched for 45 minutes, came down to eat and he cherped a bit, now he's puffed up looking like he wants to nap.
Unfortunately my current setup does not allow him to have his own room at night, and he stays in the living room. He is covered up at night, and I stay up until 2am usually while my roomate gets up around 5am. After about 12am I am as quiet as I can possibly be and use headphones for the TV, computer etc. with an air purifier on to drown out my noise, and I know he tries to be quite in the mornings, but I believe it wakes the bird up.
I also vape in the house, but only at night when he is in bed and covered up with a blanket while having a strong air purifier on; and I blow it towards the purifier. Never ever when he is uncovered.
Sorry for the lengthy post, I just whomever reading this to get a full picture of his living situation so they could maybe give me some input on if this is anything for concern. I had an Eclectus for 15 years but he is obviously a much hardier bird!
Do you think I'm just being paranoid and maybe he is tired, or is it something I should be concerned about?
Welcome to the forums! You have certainly come to the right place as you will find all you need to know on budgie care here.
The information on the several articles and sticky threads at the top of each section of the forums will be extremely useful and of benefit to you and your budgie friend.
Besides the sound your make makes that could possibly be sneezing, do you notice heavier breathing and a more pronounced tail bob?
About the vaping and despite the measure you have taken, if possible it would be best to vape in a different room away from your budgie.
Is your budgie currently moulting? It's not unusual for budgies to experience a decrease of energy levels during a moult.
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Thank you all for the quick reply, his droppings look normal. Although they do seem to get stuck around his tail feathers in that area, and i often see him use his foot to get it off his feathers. Is this normal? He actually does seem to be losing quite a bit of feathers [the fluffy, white feathers. Not his outer feathers] so he could be moulting. I have seen him sneeze when he's preening his feathers and sometimes he scratches his nose, but this only seems to be when he's preening. The *tssk* noise I hear is just a noise, and doesn't appear to be accompanied by the same body movements as a sneeze.
I think you're right, I will probably just start vaping outside all together. How long does moulting last? I remember when my Eclectus used to moult, however I don't remember how long this would last.
Also, now that he can come out, I don't see him playing with his toys as much or hopping all over the cage and pacing back and forth like he used to. Do you think this is because of the exercise he gets when he's out, and maybe he's not as bored? Or is this normal budgie behavior?
I have read over the links you sent me, thank you all again for your help!
Hey Aluz, I haven't noticed heavier breathing. But what exactly do you mean by "tail bobbing"? Like he's leaning forward having a hard time balancing? Again, thank you all for the help!
Leaning forward simply means he's in a "lazy" posture and that isn't the same as tail bobbing. I call that stance the "vulture pose".
Ok, cool. I watched the video and read over the attached pages and he definitely isn't tail bobbing. I definitely feel better about him knowing he is more content, and that's why he isn't pacing as much. Whereas I initially thought he might be stressed, and not wanting to play as much.
He definitely is getting "pasting of the vent though". From what I could tell his droppings looked normal, although I will have to take a closer look tomorrow when he's not in bed! From your experience what could cause him to get this issue? I have noticed it almost since we moved him in, about 4 weeks ago. He either cleans it out with his foot or beak usually. Right now I'm still in the process of teaching him to eat some vegetables and other foods besides his seed diet. In this time I have had him eating 2 different seed varieties and millet. Is it possible he isn't getting enough nutrients or is it more likely related to either diarrhea or dehydration?