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Old 08-21-2015, 03:59 PM
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I'm worried my Peanut may be ill.
I let him out of his cage tonight which he loves. He was sitting on his ladder looking at himself in the mirror and then the next thing I hear stuff falling onto the floor. I went over to see that there was a small amount of sticky whole seed stuff on the floor. I then seen him throw up a few more seeds infront of me. I've never seen him do this before so naturally I'm worried. He's now back in his cage on his perch eating his seed-fruit stick. His diet hasn't changed although I've noticed if I put a seed/fruit stick in he keeps eating until it's gone. Could this be related and should I be worried?

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Old 08-21-2015, 04:47 PM
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Maybe he ate too much and then trew up. Keep an eye on him and I would suggest taking him to a doctor if he does this again in the following hours. And maybe remove that seed-fruit stick for a few days.
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When he was looking at himself in the mirror, was he also happily singing and head bobbing before you heard the noise of the clump of seeds hitting the cage's floor?

I'm asking this because it is very likely he was wooing his reflection on the mirror, thinking another bird was there and he did the normal regurgitating motion in order to bring up seeds to feed the mirror. The seeds then hit the floor all clumped together.
Regurgitation is part of a bird's life, that's how they feed their mates and chicks. You may want to consider removing the mirror in order to prevent your budgie from potentially getting too attached to it and develop an obsessive behaviour.

When budgies vomit the seeds are projected out of the budgie's beak on a more violent and uncontrolled manner and the seeds are all loose and fly in all directions, as opposed to normal, healthy regurgitation where the whole process is controlled and the seeds come out clumped together by the budgie's saliva.
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I agree with aluz.

From the description you gave, your budgie simply regurgitated seed to feed his reflection.
My little Sparky likes to feed some of his shiny toys.

If your budgie is a solo bird, I'd consider removing the mirror from the cage as Ana suggested.
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The vomiting wasn't uncontrollable so that's making me feel a bit better - thank you! He was moving around quite a bit and rubbing his head on his ladder and pecking before it happened. It's possible he just got over excited as he's not seen this particular mirror in a few weeks (it's quite large) He's been ok since and hasn't thrown up again so hopefully it's normal and is no kind of illness. I'd never seen him do this in the whole time I've had him so freaked out a bit.

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As you and I posted at exactly the same time, I just wanted ensure you saw my previous post.
The behavior is quite normal and nothing to be concerned about. You budgie is not ill.
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As you and I posted at exactly the same time, I just wanted ensure you saw my previous post.
The behavior is quite normal and nothing to be concerned about. You budgie is not ill.
Thanks for the reassurance I appreciate it
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