Is my budgie opening and closing a beak a sign of sickness?
I have an appointment with the vet in 2 weeks but honestly I'm going crazy with worry with what might be going on with him.
My budgie Voldemort is 1.5 years old and in the last two weeks or so he has been randomly opening and closing his beak a lot... he doesn't seem to be panting or regurgitating but just seems to be "talking" without making any sound. He does it regardless of his state of arousal (relaxing, alert, etc.) His poops are normal, he's singing and playing as normal, he's eating normally...no tail drooping. Pretty much everything is the same minus this "talking" without any sound... though he does sing and talk normally.
Hmmm that is rather odd. My female budgie does that when she is a bit stressed but I can clearly see she is hyperventilating rather than just opening and closing her beak like yours. Could he be stretching his crop? If he is eating normally and behaving normally then he is probably fine, just developped a little tick. Other more experienced owners than myself though might have some other ideas. Hope the little guy is fine ( great name by the way)
From the videos your budgie is not panting nor does he seem to be adjusting his crop.
Does Voldemort do this beak motion more often shortly after having his meals?
What it does look like is that he is chewing food that has come up to his beak.
If he doesn't make the regurgitating motion prior to this fast chewing, then it's possible that he has a minor issue with his crop that is making the food come up (somewhat similar to acid reflux).
If he does this so often, it would be good to have him examined by an avian vet specialist.
Best of luck with everything!
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It's great that you are taking Voldemort into the Avian Vet for a check-up regarding the opening and closing of his beak.
Please try not to be overly stressed or worried about the behavior.
Voldemort will pick up on your anxiety which will not be good for him.
It is very likely that there is nothing at all wrong with Voldemort. I have one budgie who continually opens and closes his beak - it looks as if he is chewing gum. He's been to the Avian Vet and was pronounced perfectly healthy. It's just something Scooter enjoys doing.
We'll be looking forward to your update in this thread after Voldemort's Avian Vet appointment.
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My Fido does this all the time too..
Often, I can see, he is actually chewing on a seed.
He started doing this about 6 moths ago, had him seen by a vet, as he at the same time started showing signs of not being able to digest his food properly, was diagnosed with a bacterial infection, that infection has been cured, but Fido continues to do this chewing, and as FaeryBee's Scooter is declared perfectly healthy.
So have him checked properly by an expert, but as long as he is acting normal in all other aspects, I wouldn't be too worried
Lulu does this often, too, except more like yawning again and again, like bparakeets said.
I got freaked out the first time since I thought she was choking and so I brought the whole dish of water up to her and she drank some. Now she doesn't even bother to go down to get water, she just opens and closes her mouth to get me to bring her some
You've been given great advice with regards to your little one's behaviour. It's best to get him examined by an Avian vet to be sure that his actions aren't caused by an illness of sorts
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