I'm worried about my budgie, Sky. He's going through a tough molt - when he molts it's usually not the best for him. Lots of feathers everywhere, his face a bit disheveled and everything, but he's still playing, chirping, eating, drinking and popping as normal. He's a bit more lethargic and puffed which usually happens during this time. But, I've noticed that his tail is bobbing. I'm not really sure if this is a new occurrence because when he's not molting he's always very active and social and I take him to the vet often so I guess I just don't evaluate him. It bobs when he's preening, rubbing his face on the cage or toys or just resting. It's been ranging from a medium bob to a mild bob.
I told a local vet this and they said rush him to the emergency room, so I got scared and I called another vet for a second opinion and told them the same thing and they said if he's not just sitting, puffed in one place bobbing then it may just be the molt, but to make an appointment next week. And now he's puffed, sitting, resting and bobbing, so I guess he is doing that too. But, he was just preening and playing a few seconds ago. I'm so confused and worried.
And now he's puffed, chirping, leg up, eyes closing and tail bobbing. Now he's playing and barely bobbing. Now he's not bobbing at all...
If you feel that the bobbing is more than usual then a trip to the vet would be in order, even if there is nothing found wrong, at least you can rest assured that he is not ill and that it is just due to his being stressed by the molt. How far into the molt is he? A very slight tail bob is normal especially after a bit of exertion.
Hey! I don't think it's more than usual, but I think I will take him in anyway. I wanted to get my annual exam for him too. I was searching through the forums and saw another post about tail bobbing and someone had attached a youtube video to a budgie that was tail bobbing and actually sick and Sky looks nothing like that. He's about a week into the molt. Last couple of molts he had miserable molts too, now he's not getting at least.
Although there really are very few things that we can advise over the internet (which is why we almost always will say to go to a vet) in this case, and since you say it doesn’t look like more than usual, I would post a short video here so we can see. If your bird is already stressed from a molt, and unless they seem to have something abnormal going on, it might be best not to take the trip and potentially expose him to illness.
From your description, it sounds as though what little bobbing you are seeing is due to the stress of the molt.
Budgies do rest more when they are molting, particularly when they have heavy molts.
Is he eating, drinking and pooping normally?
I took a video tonight, but I don't know how to post it. And yeah he's popping and eating normally and even playing a lot more today. Thank yall for the replies. Just trying to figure out how to post the video