There is no reason for concern, new budgies recently acquired are especially very sneaky when it comes to drinking water, they usually have one or two very short sips of water and then they quickly go about their lives.
It is true that they drink short amounts of water and we can't really a notice a difference in water consumption when looking at their water bowls.
Even within my flock (among budgies I have had for years, even my own fully tamed chicks), I don't actually see them drinking the water on a daily basis even though I know they do and they are healthy. Only sometimes do I see them drinking.
Another way you can make sure your budgie is having water is by offering veggies or fruit, they can also get hydrated in that way. And always make sure to put fresh water daily for your budgie. If during the day you see the water is soiled, then you can also change it a second time for a clean supply.
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One cannot see their birds drink water regularly...I'm sure none or very few people can actually claim to having a sight of their birds sipping water regularly. The water bowl may look clean for the entire day but one should change it at least twice a day. I offer fresh water thrice a day to my birds. At night before switching off the lights, I personally hold the water bowl towards their beak and each one of the five birds eagerly drink water from the bowl. The male ones sometimes even bath in it while I hold the bowl.
Aluz has given great tip about offering them fruits and veggies which are rich in water content. one such example is spinach. You don't need to worry for your bird as long it looks healthy. You could even spray some water on it during day time which it will surely suck from the cage bars.
I remember worrying about the same thing when I brought my first budgie home! At the time, my breeder reminded me that budgies are from an arid climate, where they don't drink much-- and also that drinking is a time when budgies are vulnerable, so they might not want to drink in front of me especially at first.
Buddy has been with me now for a week and has finally let me see him do it, it is funny actually, he hops down close to the water, takes a step, looks at me, takes a step, looks at me, finally gets to the water and puts his head only about half way down, looks at me then will finally drink lol
He has no problems eating in front of me at all, just that funny "dance" before he drinks
In the cage no I never seen him drink a thing but mine is hand tamed and loves to drink from the faucet or will socially drink out of a finger bowl while family is having refreshments around the kitchen table.
If you are truly concerned you can try giving a water soaked lettuce leaf (green, romaine or the like). It will give him a healthy snack and another source of water, just make sure to take it out after a few hours. You don't want produce rotting in the cage.
Last edited by mekat; 07-12-2015 at 02:25 PM.