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Question Worries about new baby budgie

Hello, I just bought a budgie and I am afraid it may be sick. He is roughly 2 months old. I have had him (her)? About 3 weeks now and it is still VERY quiet. Have barely heard a peep. I also think it's beak might be overgrown. I could not find any photos that did not show a severe stage or one that showed the problem in a budgie this young. It is eating and pooping as normal but has not touched the cuttlebone I provided. I have included pics of cere and beak. Is this overgrown or just slightly long?
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From the photo,I'd say for his age, the upper beak is just slightly long but as long as you provide some chewing toys made from wood, the beak should take care of itself. As for being inactive, you might want to spend more time with him and perhaps play some music or have the tv on both when you're around and when you're not. Budgies seem more comfortable when there is some noise in the background. As long as you move slowly, but move he'll probably become interested in what you're doing. Also provide a variety of toys that he will likely begin manipulating. Otherwise if he's eating and pooping normally he looks fine. Some birds take longer to settle in, so be patient.
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Your baby is a little male. His beak is not overgrown as in a medical condition. However, providing chew toys such as soft wood toys made in appropriate size for budgies may help with the pointy tip, which is the part I can see you’re talking about.

Not only is 3 weeks fairly new, but juvenile budgies are often not as vocal as adults are. When you see him hit sexual maturity, (if not sooner) you will probably see an increase in vocalizations.

Eating and pooping normally is always a good sign. I have a feeling all is well, but it is always considered good practice to take any new pet (including budgies!) to the vet for a new pet check up. In the case with birds, an Avian vet, or an all species vet who is experienced with birds.

Not all birds will immediately go for a cuttlebone. Although recommended, depending on the foods and nutrients your budgie is taking in, it may or may not be absolutely necessary. Some do at least seem to like the texture, and use it like a chew toy.

We have a vast collection of information here. Please read the Stickies and Articles which are provided to answer the more common or basic questions. This will help you get started with budgies, and help familiarize you with the forum. Enjoy .
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Hi there and to the forums!

Your little baby is a very handsome little boy! You've been given great advice to ensure he has the right resources to exercise his little beak!

Meanwhile, be sure to check out the forums and read through everything to ensure you're up to date on the very best of budgie care practices! If you have any questions after reading through everything, please be sure to ask as we'd love to help.

I hope your little one continues to settle in well! What's his name?

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Thanks everyone for your great advice. This is my second budgie and my first little guy was very talkative right from the beginning, so I was starting to get very worried. ESPECIALLY when i looked at health forums and learned about overgrown beaks. Since I didn't know the sex I chose the gender neutral name Blizzard (for the color, obviously).

I don't want to make any mistakes with this guy. My first budgie died a premature death due to my own foolishness letting him roam free in the house for great lengths (when I was home). He would pitter-patter after me everywhere. I loved our special bond. Then..one day he didn't. I looked and looked and it is still too painful to say what happened. I just couldn't stop crying and am actually choking up right now. I wouldn't be able to forgive myself if I lost another one.

I am in the process of searching for an avian vet but they are so hard to find!!! (At least in my area). Does anyone know why so few vets choose to treat birds, even those who specialize in "exotics"?

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Blizzard is a very cute little fellow!

I believe the article below gives some insight with regard to why some vets choose not to treat birds even though that isn't the actual premise of the article.

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