I am quite worried about my budgie Orla. I'll tell you a bit about her:
I have owned her for about 20 months (she will be 2 in November) and I bought her from a breeder when she was about 10 weeks old. At the time I had another female named Jo who had French moult, and a few months later I got a little Male called Pip. They all got on well but unfortunately Jo's French moult worsened although we did all we could to make her comfortable, and she died last Christmas. So then I had just Orla and Pip.
These two were very happy in each other's company, although I did notice Orla was starting to get a bit overweight (probably with Pip feeding her).
Then, in august I was out shopping one day and popped into a pet shop to see if they had any good budgie toys. there was one live budgie in there, a little blue male who was in a tiny cage with no more than one perch and no toys, doing such exaggerated aerobics that it looked painful. I could tell he was frustrated at not having any space, so I decided to buy him. Apparently he'd been in that tiny cage at the pet store for 4 months.
I thoroughly disinfected one of my larger cages with budgie safe disinfectant (the vet had told us to be careful about getting any more young budgies as even though they didn't show any symptoms of french moult, they may still be carrying it from Jo) and the newly named 'Alfie' lived there downstairs in quarantine for a good 5 or 6 weeks before he was moved upstairs with Orla and Pip, as he was showing all the signs of a completely healthy and happy budgie, and he was now old enough to be safe from the french moult (as the vet said).
Since then, I noticed Orla was becoming more overweight and gradually less playful. She had never been a particularly bouncy budgie, but she just didn't seem as willing to interact with the other two (who were best buds by now)
I took Orla and Pip to an avian vet for a check up and she said they were both healthy - just that Orla was a bit overweight and to ration her food for a bit. So I did, and she is looking better now but she hasn't been on rations for a week or so now because i wanted to keep them all in a cage together to encourage her to interact. It didn't work, and now she just sits on her own, seemingly irritated by the other two's antics and noise.
She now spends quite a lot of time sitting by herself, feathers fluffed and her tail bobbing. I am a bit confused about the tail bobbing, because she's definitely doing it but it isn't at an unnatural angle, like I read it usually was. She also twitches, like as in tiny single wing flaps so fast you can barely see it occasionally. She still eats, drinks preens herself, flies occasionally and rests on one leg but I'm worried about her.
She just looks like she needs a big hug, although i know she wouldn't appreciate that at all.
I'll try to attach a photo. Shes the light blue.
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