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I just got my 2 budgies last week and one of them i noticed keeps opening and closing its beak and making a slight clicking noise, im not sure if its normal, i turned my fan on low to cool off my room because i thought maybe hes panting bu the keeps doing it and cant figure out why

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Are you able to get a video of your budgie doing this that you could upload to a video sharing site?
The noise could be beaking grinding and the movement may be crop adjustment but it's hard to say without seeing what you are seeing.

Also, make sure the fan isn't blowing directly on to the budgies.
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Hi there and to the forums!

I agree with Therm A video is a great resource for us to be able to see what you're talking about. Is he clicking his beak like he usually cracks seeds (does it sound like he's eating, but he's not?)?

Or, does he open his mouth wide in something like a yawn?

If he's making the "crackly" sound like he's eating with nothing in his mouth, and occasionally opens and closes his beak, it's likely he is beak grinding, which is the sound a budgie makes when content and comfortable. If you're curious to find out, you can look up "beak grinding budgie" on YouTube and see if that's what your little one is doing

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As mentioned, a video would be very helpful.
Additionally, it is always a good idea to have your new budgies examined by an Avian Vet.

Avian Vets have special training to determine the cause of symptoms resulting from illness or trauma.
This is important as "regular" vets will often overlook symptoms that are quickly obvious to an Avian Vet.
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I've noticed that they will usually grind their beaks when they're sleepy and fluffed up before nap or bed. it's like a comforting mechanism.

But if the beak just keeps coming open and closed open and closed and each time it closes it makes a click and you can see the tongue panting as well a bit like a dog it could be a) fear/anxiety or b) sickness. If the tail is bobbing that means there is a lung component to it and the bird could be sick. The tail will bob up and down like a half an inch.

Try stepping back from the cage and not looking directly at bird for a bit. When he/he thinks your no longer paying attention see if she stops panting. If she does it may be nerves.

If not beak grinding though best to take to avian vet tho to be safe.
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