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Old 08-15-2015, 10:37 AM
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Hi, this is my first bird and this may be a dumb question but here goes.. my budgie seems to constantly stretch her wings and leg backwards followed by puffing out her feathers and preening.. I know they have to groom but it seems like she is doing this every time I look at her! I've only had her 5 days but I've been spending lots of time by her cage and looking at her from my couch to talk to her.. I've read through the stickys and have found some info on molting and she is the right age for it (12 weeks) I have also noticed some pin feathers (I assume that's what the spikey things are) but I'm confused because she puffs up a lot, sometimes she sits puffed up, and I've read that can mean she's sick or cold. We keep it around 72 so I wouldn't think that's too cold. (Please tell me if it is!) Her check up isn't for a few more days but I can call and move it up if I need to, I just don't know if I need to! She's eating and chirping some.. not playing much.. she hasn't really played since I got her though. Someone please tell me what to do! I've read so much I've overwhelmed myself with info.. I don't know what's normal for birds, or even just my bird, since I've only had her 5 days..
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Old 08-15-2015, 10:46 AM
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Hi, this is my first bird and this may be a dumb question but here goes.. my budgie seems to constantly stretch her wings and leg backwards followed by puffing out her feathers and preening.. I know they have to groom but it seems like she is doing this every time I look at her! I've only had her 5 days but I've been spending lots of time by her cage and looking at her from my couch to talk to her.. I've read through the stickys and have found some info on molting and she is the right age for it (12 weeks) I have also noticed some pin feathers (I assume that's what the spikey things are) but I'm confused because she puffs up a lot, sometimes she sits puffed up, and I've read that can mean she's sick or cold. We keep it around 72 so I wouldn't think that's too cold. (Please tell me if it is!) Her check up isn't for a few more days but I can call and move it up if I need to, I just don't know if I need to! She's eating and chirping some.. not playing much.. she hasn't really played since I got her though. Someone please tell me what to do! I've read so much I've overwhelmed myself with info.. I don't know what's normal for birds, or even just my bird, since I've only had her 5 days..
Sometimes we have the tendency to over react when it comes to these little ones. Sounds like normal budgie behavior to me so far. When they are puffed up all the time, and don't put their feathers down it's a bad sign. But if she's just puffing up when preening herself, that's normal, they fluff their feathers out to get better hold of the ones they need to clean. Also, when they are going through a moult, they don't tend to play as much.

If her poops look fine, and she's been eating fine, I don't think there is anything wrong with her, and it's good that you are going to get her checked up on. It'll make sure that she's doing the best she can do
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To me (not one of the experts), it sounds like your bird is settling in nicely and seems to be becoming content in her new home, feeling safe and happy.
It might take her a while to interact with toys. To me, it sounds like a lot of normal bird behaviour.
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Old 08-15-2015, 12:50 PM
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Everything your budgie is doing is perfectly normal.
The stretching of the wings and leg is something my birds do almost like an acknowledgement I'm looking at them or paying attention to them.
I view the stretch as a "Yeah, I see you looking at me -- see how relaxed and handsome I am!?" movement.
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Thanks for reading my long (unnecessary) post, and replying. At least i can relax now... I feel kinda dumb for overreacting to normal behavior! I'm glad it is normal though. Again, thanks to everyone who replied : )
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