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Help my budgie won't stop making a guinea pig noise

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Hi there and to the forums!

How long have you had your budgie? Is your budgie eating well, active, and alert? Any other symptoms? If there are no other symptoms, most likely he or she is mimicking a noise s/he heard somewhere!

Budgies are great mimics and can mimic all sorts of sounds. My budgie can copy sounds from many of our household appliances as well as my whistles. She picked these up on her own; it's possible your budgie picked up a new sound on his or her own as well.

Since you seem new to budgies, you should look through all the budgie articles and "stickies" (threads "stuck" to the top of each subforum for easy reference) to ensure you're up to date on the very best of budgie care! If you have any questions afterwards, be sure to ask as we'd love to help!

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Hi! to Talk Budgies

StarlingWings has given you excellent advice and I agree with her 100%.

However, if you are particularly concerned abut your budgie, taking it to an Avian Vet for a well-birdie check-up is always a good idea. This is especially true if your budgie has not had a check-up since you got it.

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.
When you rely on anyone who has not had training in Avian diagnosis and care, you may be delaying effective treatment.
This can prolong suffering that may be avoidable.
The bird will often require a more intense, prolonged treatment with a poorer chance of full recovery than it would have if you seek prompt professional diagnosis and treatment at the first sign of illness.

Having your budgie examined by an Avian Vet allows you to develop a good relationship with the vet in case your bird needs care for an injury or illness in the future. Additionally, it is always helpful for the vet to have a baseline for your bird to refer to should it need future treatment.

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Having kept many guinea pigs, it also might be that being unfamiliar with all of the sounds that budgies can produce, that what you're hearing is just one of many normal budgie sounds or calls.
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I agree with all the above replies: It’s difficult to give clear advice as your post is quite vague.

Are you sure that this noise is an intentional vocalisation and not a sound associated with breathing? A squeaking noise whilst breathing is a sign of a respiratory problem.

The other noise to be concerned about is crying to be fed. Is your bird eating well by itself? You may not see it eating, but if it’s pooping, then it’s eating.

Here’s a link to a video I found to give you a better idea of common sounds to hear, though as others have stated, your bird could be simply mimicking a sound heard previously.
Budgie sounds and their meaninngs - YouTube* Edit - Just like to point out that I chose that video link as it was the best I could find that was capturing common vocalisations. However, there are also some things in the video that I don’t wish to promote - Talkbudgies doesn’t recommend housing mixed species together (finches & budgies in the clip), and we advise the use of natural perches rather than dowels (or coat hangers). Also, I feel that some of the terms he used to name the sounds were misleading (ie. the ‘squabble’ sound, isn’t the sound made when they are squabbling, it’s a happy noisy chattering that just reminds the poster of people squabbling).


If you still have any concerns then a vet visit is advisable.
If you feel that it isn’t a medical issue and are reluctant to make a vet visit, but would still like some reassurance, then if you could record and post a video (there is info on how to do this in the stickies), members could have a much clearer idea of what you are describing.

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Hi thanks for the help. He looks like he has a breathing problem or developing one. We got him from a previous owner who didnt want him and frequently smoked in the same room as him. There is only a normal vet in my area and your right they are not good with birds. I have been looking for an avian vet but they are all quite a distance away and I feel I would be putting my budgie under more stress from the traveling. Hopefully I'll be able to find someone who can come out to me or I find another solution. He constantly makes a squeaking noise even when eating and preening but we just thought it was a weird noise he had picked up. But I have noticed that he is breathing really heavily and there's a clicking noise behind the squeak that sounds like there is something blocking his airflow, maybe? I've had him for a year now and it was the first time the other night I've ever heard him squeak like that all night in the darkness. Anyway thank you to everyone and I will update with any news.
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The "clicking" and "squeaking" could be a sign of air sac mites so it is very important you have your budgie checked.

Even though it is a farther distance to the Avian Vet, the trip would be in your budgie's best interest.

As I indicated in my previous post, 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.
When you rely on anyone who has not had training in Avian diagnosis and care, you may be delaying effective treatment.
This can prolong suffering that may be avoidable.
The bird will often require a more intense, prolonged treatment with a poorer chance of full recovery than it would have if you seek prompt professional diagnosis and treatment at the first sign of illness.

In the meantime, to help with respiratory issues, you can put your budgie’s cage in the bathroom when you run hot water through the shower so the cage is in the hot steamy air -- that will help open the airways.

Another option is to tent the cage with a sheet and place a pot or kettle of boiling water under the sheet where your budgie is unable to touch it and allow the steam to accumulate that way. If you have pure eucalyptus oil, you can put one tiny drop into the water as that will also help to clear the airways so the budgie is better able to breathe.

Using a warm mist humidifier in the room with your budgies is a great way to help ease breathing problems.
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I've talked to an avian vet but because I don't live in there catchment area I have to ask my local vet to refer my budgie over to the avian vet for a consult.
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Thanks for the tip with the shower, it seems to be working.
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