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Old 04-17-2018, 07:40 PM
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Question Kimmy stretching her toes in the middle of the night?

Hello everyone,

It is 1:25 at night right now here, and I just got in bed again. About half an hour ago I woke up from a noise coming from the cage, and when I checked I saw Kimmy on her swing stretching her toes, one foot or the other, but mostly the left foot. The swing wobbled a bit from this and that caused the noise I heard. I turned on some soft lights and checked what I could see and let the birds adjust to the light meanwhile. Nothing seemed weird. All I managed to spot was a mosquito sitting on the side of the swing, so I got rid of it and checked Kimmy's feet. Her feet looked fine, and when she was perched on my finger it didn't feel like disbalance either. The swing is also what it always is. When I put Kimmy back in the cage she started doing it again, on my finger she didn't do it. I made a video of when she was in the cage again, and this is the link:

https://youtu.be/KAEXxKCr_TQ

When I offered some millet she went for it without hesitation and she is acting normally besides her feet. They looked very sleepy and I got them ready for bed again, but she didn't go to the swing so I can't hear if it has stopped or not. What could this be? Was it the mosquito maybe? I have never seen her do this before, so it has me a bit worried.

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That is unusual. If it was just one perch I would think it was the perch bothering her. There was no sign of any redness on her toes right?
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Keep an eye on her today and see if the behavior continues.
If so, I'd take her in to see an Avian Vet.

Have Jimmy and Kimmy been treated for scaly mites? I see no signs of them on either bird but some sort of irritation must be causing her to move her foot in that manner.
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Ever since I have been awake I have kept an eye on her and she hasn't done it again. Not even once. She is all normal again. I double checked her feet, but I couldn't find a thing, no redness either. She did this both on the swing and the only perch she sat on tonight, just not in my finger. I'm happy to see that she seems fully fine after all, but I'm also still puzzled what happened. I didn't see or feel any signs of discomfort or any traces of mites/splinters/etc.

My boyfriend came with a theory I also kind of see as the only explanation. He said that budgies naturally come from areas with mosquitoes of course, and maybe an old instinct kicked in to keep moving her feet not to get bitten there. To prevent the mosquito from sitting down on her. Could this be possible?

Oh, and no, they haven't been treated for the scaly mites. I keep trying to get a general check by a good avian vet here, but he is always too busy. They are short on people in their team and can only come when it is an emergency. I can take them to the clinic of my university (I'm a vet student) which is the second best place, but they don't do house visits. When necessary I can take them there. But I really want a house visit so they can also check the cage and cage placement and everything else.
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I think your boyfriend's theory makes a lot of sense.

Kimmy moving her toes to avoid a mosquito is sort of like a horse swishing it's tail to shoo away flies.

I'm glad Kimmy is perfectly normal today!

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