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I just got my budgie yesterday and she was really quiet, then this morning I took her outside and she talked for a while with some other birds and was really happy. Then I took her inside and she's been flying around a lot for a while now and keeps on scratching her stomach with both legs and biting her stomach. And then sometimes for no reason her feathers get bigger and she gets bigger and she ruffles them. I wonder if she got a disease or something from the birds outside. Also she's chirping a lot like really loudly and anxiously and I'm really worried that she's trying to tell me something should I take her to a vet?? We just got her yesterday and she was kind of expensive so my mum doesn't want to take her to a vet so soon. Could someone tell me what my budgie is trying to say?

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Old 05-31-2015, 12:39 AM
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Hello and welcome to TB.
When you first bring a new budgie home it is very stressful for you and the budgie.
Do you know how old your little budgie is ?
Budgies go through moults these make them very itchy and they lose their feathers and grow new ones to replace them.
She could be moulting. They also are very fussy with their cleaning and preening is done frequently.
When you first bring a new bird into your house you should cover the cage on three sides and just simply sit by the cage and talk to her , read out loud or sing ! Silence to a budgie a sign of danger.
You can leave a radio on for some back ground noise as well. She would of responded to the other birds which is completely normal , read through the information regarding bringing home a new budgie it will help you a great deal. If you can post a picture of the area she is kicking and preening that would help as well . try not to stress as she will pick up on this and become more stressed herself.
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Hi there and welcome to TB!
You've certainly come to the right place for answers and we're glad to have you with us!

It sounds like you're taking things a bit too fast for your little one--budgies take a few weeks to fully "settle in" to their new environment. Taking her outside is really great, since it gives them vital UV and Vitamin D, but I think it was definitely too soon to take her out and she probably just got a little freaked out.
Make sure she feels calm; don't let her out for a while and talk to her reassuringly while in her cage, play soft music, work on getting to know her a little bit. Don't try to touch her or take her out for a week or two since budgies can get really stressed out by things like this, they become submissive. You can cover her cage partially with a light sheet to make her feel safer, and never leave her in a silent room, since that indicates danger for budgies.

Her ruffling her feathers is normal behavior--she's just "shaking off" and as long as she isn't constantly "fluffy" (which could indicate illness), I'm sure she's perfectly fine. Also, her "scratching" could just be that she wants to comb out her feathers while preening! Also, she could just be moulting, and have new feathers itching as they grow in, do you know her age? No, from being outside she didn't get a disease from the other birds, don't worry
If she's chirping really loudly, she is probably "flock calling". This is her way of checking out who's in the area, and she maybe is looking for her friends from the pet store. When she does this, just talk to her reassuringly and let her know you're her friend.

After it seems like she's calm in her new home, you can begin the taming process. Don't try and touch her or grab her before she feels comfortable, even if she seems comfortable at first. Just rest your hand in her cage, talking to her in a soft voice, and once she's fine with that, you can move your hand closer, then offer her millet from your hand, etc. Remember: This will not happen in a day! Only move to the next stage if she's ready.

I hope this helped and I can't wait to hear all about your little one. We would love to see pictures when you can get them and we're always happy to answer any other questions you may have after looking through the forum

EDIT: I may have repeated some things, didn't see Cathy's answer! She's absolutely right
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Great advice by Cathy and StarlingWings

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Thank you all very much for your answers! I think you guys are right as after I took her back inside and talked to her for a while, she went back to normal and stopped flying around and scratching herself.
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