I agree with the others. Your kids are probably just stressed out. I'm a chronic worrier too, so nothing to feel bad about. Actually, my doctor calls it anxiety disorder
. Even when you get used to looking after your budgies, you'll still be posting frantically on here every few months about something being wrong with one of your kids. Maybe that's just me. My budgies often do things just to stress me out. Like when Samantha gave herself a black eye a couple of weeks ago. When I think back on it, it was kind of funny.
I'm glad to see you don't only have dowel perches in with them. It is very important to have a variety of perches of various shapes, sizes, and materials. This ensures that their feet stay in good shape and their nails don't become overgrown. Dowel perches aren't the proper diameter for happy feet. Often, people will just have a puny cage with a couple of dowel perches, a thing of cuttlebone, a seed dish, a water bowl, and maybe two toys. Obviously, you don't want to do that. Somehow, their instinct for survival outweighs their desire to end it all. Not a good life at all.
So, what are the dimensions of your cage? I'm sure everyone's dying to know
. And about that toy you have in with them. You'll want to be careful with it. It has strings on it, and apparently little budgies sometimes eat them and their crop gets impacted, which isn't a good thing. If you're concerned, just snip all the loose strings off. I've never personally had an issue with my budgies eating string, but the more you know, eh?
It's also important to have a variety of toys. Two of my favourite companies are Planet Pleasures and Polly's. Both companies make safe, Robyn-approved parrot products that are made of natural materials. A good site to buy budgie stuff from is mysafebirdstore.com. All the products sold on the site are safe.
What pellets are you converting them to?
Wonder when FaeryBee is going to post her list of links for you to read.
Samantha, Charlie, Ju, Rumi, Lara, Pollo, Ziggy, and Alice
Rest in Peace
Sam, Nova, Joey, Maria, and Scarlet (March 4, 2014)