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Old 07-06-2015, 11:28 PM
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My new budgie, Kimball, thats been with me for 4 days is active and moves around a little especially when I talk to him. He preens himself a lot and has not seemed to want to bathe. I'm trying to switch him from a seed diet that the pet store had him on, to pellet diet. When he sits he's puffed up and I can see him expand from breathing. He's not making and labored breathing sounds but he doesn't chirp much either. Is this just stress or should I be concerned more? I'm thinking respiratory infection if so?

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Old 07-06-2015, 11:36 PM
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Hello and welcome, four days is still a very short amount of time for your new budgie to be adjusting to all the new surroundings.
Does his tail bob up and down when he is breathing have you noticed? Are his eyes open and generally looking alert, have you got his cage covered on three sides this helps them settle easier.
Also silence is a sign of danger to budgies ,so if you are not around or the room his cage is in is quiet then place a radio or tv on in the back ground for him to hear.
What does his poop look like? Is it runny and green, Or has two parts to it consisting of a white part and a dark part. I would not be worrying about the diet conversion just yet, let him settle in first.
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I agree with Cathy Just keep an eye on him and focus on getting him settled into his new home. If you're really worried, a trip to the vet would help, although I would wait until you really are unsure at this point because if it is stress, you don't want to stress him out more. Unless you notice other symptoms, you can just do everything you can to make Kimball feel at home.
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I agree with all the advice you've been given regarding Kimball.
It ususally takes about 2 weeks for a budgie to settle into his new environment.
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No it docent bob unless he's been flapping around a ton or I get really close to his cage. I was actually able to hold him for the first time today! and he didn't seem nervous or labored very much at all.

So I shouldn't worry about converting him just yet and feed him the seeds until he settles?

I am also sad because the pet store cut his wing too short, poor little guy has to climb everywhere and can get maybe 4-5 inches off the ground. How long does this take to grow back?
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Sound like he's beginning to trust you. Remember that even if you're excited and it seems he's responding well, budgies are submissive for a while because they're scared. Just go at his own pace and watch his body language for any discomfort.

I'm glad you're going to give him a better diet, but at least give him two weeks with his old seed so he can settle in before converting to minimise stress.

To answer your last question, his flight feathers will grow out gradually over his next few moults. Budgies don't moult all their feathers during the same moulting period, so he may lose and regrow a few during his first moult and a few more the next time. Eventually, they will all grow out and he'll be fully flighted again
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No it docent bob unless he's been flapping around a ton or I get really close to his cage. I was actually able to hold him for the first time today! and he didn't seem nervous or labored very much at all.

So I shouldn't worry about converting him just yet and feed him the seeds until he settles?

I am also sad because the pet store cut his wing too short, poor little guy has to climb everywhere and can get maybe 4-5 inches off the ground. How long does this take to grow back?
My parakeet's wings grow fully in about 4-5 months he was young when i bought him. Dont know if the wings of older parakeet grow faster. Give the bird 2 weeks to settle. Does the bird sits on your finger or do you hold him with both hands?
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Does the bird sits on your finger or do you hold him with both hands?
He sits on my finger but doesn't like being out and away from his cage. He also really doesn't like to be approached toward or held in the morning is this a normal behavior?
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What does his poop look like? Is it runny and green, Or has two parts to it consisting of a white part and a dark part.
His poop is runny and green, should it be dark and white? or is that what it looks like after he's on pellets? I made another thread on here about the switching of his seed
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It's likely your budgie isn't getting as much to eat during the pellet transition as you think he is. Give him some see and/or millet and see if that helps. Budgies can and will starve themselves during trying to transition to pellets. They can trick owners into thinking they are eating pellets because they will peck at them, but they don't actually eat them. With the poop change and the behavior issues, your budgie may be very hungry.
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