My female budgie Leo appears to start moulting whenever we get back from a holiday (once a year). For her this involves an hours car journey to our grandparents where he spends his time with another budgie, but is not allowed out of his cage as the grandparents are quite elderly and it may not be safe for him there. The thing is, whenever he comes back he usually goes into a moult and we're worried it's to do with stress. Usually out all of the time sitting and chatting with me and flying about, he's very quiet and doesn't come out of his cage at all, just sleeps most of the day. He lost a lot of feathers at the beginning but now, after a week of being home, isn't loosing nearly as many. He has been eating normally here (even trying new foods like raw broccoli!), but apparently doesn't eat much when at my nan and granddads. My mum has also noticed a slight quivering of his tail. This happens every time when he gets back but I suppose I'm just more paranoid this time as I miss his usual self! As I said it's been a week since he's been back, is it normal for him to be quiet?
Apologies that I've changed his pronouns throughout, we've always addressed him as a boy as thats what we thought he was as a baby, it's confusing that she's actually female!
From your description and since you notice this pattern every time you go on vacation, it seems that the travelling cause stress on your Leo.
In case you don't know, moults can be induced by stress and from a sudden change of environment.
Is Leo bonded and very good friends with your grandparents' budgie, do they get to interact closely during the vacation?
If so then that can also add up and your Leo may also miss her budgie friend.
During this time, you can supplement Leo's diet with egg food as this is higly nutritious and it will help her in replenishing the energy lost from the moult.
To help with the general discomfort and itch from the moult, you can also offer Leo a shallow dish of water for her to bathe in if she chooses to do so or you can offer her a dripping wet leafy green for her to freshen up.
This links may be of use: https://talkbudgies.com/your-budgies-...ting-faqs.html
Keep on monitoring Leo and if you notice a steady decrease on her energy and appetite, then booking an appointment with the avian vet specialist will be the best thing to do. This is the surest way by having Leo properly examined, there is only so much we can do online.
RIP sweet Tito (Summer 2008 - January 17th 2013).
You are missed and never will be forgotten.
Thank you for your message! The point about the leafy green is fantastic, as at the moment he's not interesting in bathing (except to drink out of!) and has always hated being misted. I think your point about missing the friend may be correct, despite the fact the friend seems to be more interested in Leo than he is in him it is definitely something worth considering. It's difficult as we have nowhere else to take him when we go away, but if this is causing him stress we definitely need to consider other options. Thanks again, I get worried when he's not his usual naughty self