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I brought home 2 budgies about 4 days ago. Blueberry and Lemonade. Blueberry is always puffed up, will perch on one foot while he sleeps and eats and drinks. If i take him out of his cage away from Lemonade he does not puff up. If i take Lemonade out of the cage, Blueberry is puffed up and lets out one single chirp. Blueberry also has to be right next to lemonade when they are in the cage. Is this normal behavior or could Blueberry be sick. He was not puffed up at the store.

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Hi there and to the forums!

Being puffed up can indicate being relaxed, and because Blueberry is puffed up and perching on one foot while in his cage, that means he's comfortable there. This behaviour is only worrying if they're puffed up all the time, which could indicate lethargy and sickness.

However, you definitely should not be handling them yet - it's much to soon to do so and even if they don't resist, they are most likely being submissive because they're still scared. From what you're describing, Lemonade definitely is, and even if Blueberry is calm, it's important to gain their trust gradually, not force it on them.

You should not touch or handle them for about two weeks, and during this time, sit by their cage and talk to them as much as you can. When they puff up and seem relaxed while you talk to them, that's a good sign! After the two weeks you should start re-introducing your hand slowly to them to ensure they get used to it at their own pace

Meanwhile, you've come to a great place to learn even more about the best of budgie care practices. If you have any questions after reading through the forums - including the budgie articles and "stickies" - please be sure to ask as we'd love to help.

We would also love to meet Lemonade and Blueberry when you get the chance!

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Thank you so much for the advice. I have been leaving them alone except to see how Blueberry would react away from Lemonade. I'm still concerned as to why Blueberry stays puffed up unless eating. I will post pictures soon. I appreciate any advice as I am a new budgie owner.
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I look forward to meeting Blueberry and Lemonade.

Budgies need a minimum of two weeks to settle into their new home and you should not be trying to touch or tame them at this time. They are often submissive initially because they are terrified.
You can cover the top and three sides of the cage to help them feel more secure. Play music or the TV for them when you are not around during the day.

To bond with your birds, you need to build their trust in you.
They will have to learn over time that you will not hurt them.

To build your birds’ trust, sit by their cage and read, talk or sing quietly to them for a period of at least 10-15 minutes, 3 or 4 times day. After about a week, rest your hand on the outside of the cage when you talk to them so they will learn that your hand is safe and will not hurt them.

After a week of resting your hand on the outside of the cage, rest your hand inside the cage when you talk.
Don’t make sudden moves, don’t try to touch them.
Let their get used to the idea that the hand is now in their safe place and not harming them.

After 2 weeks, begin moving your hand slowly toward your bird. If they become agitated, stop moving your hand and just hold very still until they calm down. When they are comfortable with your hand near them, you can offer them a bit of millet or a few seeds.

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Pics of Lemonade and Blueberry male? or female?
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I am going to say 2 females providing that in person Blueberry's cere color is really what I see on my computer which looks like light beige. When I look at Blueberry's beak I see something around the edges, is the beak just flaky or in person does there seem to be something on the edges of the beak? I am concerned about scaly face mites if there seems to be something on the beak.
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I agree with Cody regarding the genders as well as the edges of Blueberry's beak.

I recommend you remove the wooden dowel perches in the cage and replace them with natural wooden perches of varying diameters to help prevent pressure sores.

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The information in this link will give examples of better options for perches:

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I also agree about you having 2 females. It sounds like it might be a good idea to get Blueberry checked out. She shouldn’t be puffed up as often as you say. Also the edges of the beak I agree, looks like she ‘might’ have the beginning stage of scaly face mites, which is a fairly common affliction in budgies. If she has them, they both must be treated as well as the cage.

Please take some time to read through our resources here. We have lots of up to date Stickies in each section, to help you do your best for Lemonade and Blueberry .
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