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Old 06-07-2016, 12:42 PM
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I have two budgies, one tame-ish male who loves talking and playing and prancing. Then a female who isn't tame and is very quiet. She's been like this since I got her 1 and a half years ago (or more). The two of them are friends. They groom each other, play, feed eachother and almost always sit together. She acts and looks the same as always, the silence has been a thing since I got her. So I don't suspect sickness.

I was wondering if any of you know why she is being so quiet? Is she unhappy?

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They have a place to themselves away from scary stuff (aka my lively partner and my dog).
They are let out to fly in the room every now and then and get sunshine in the summer.
They only eat seeds because they won't touch anything else. I sneak vitamins into their water though.
They also have the birdsand, whaleblubber and their cage gets cleaned once a week.
The two budgies are not from the same breeder.
She was a grownup when I got her from a petshop, she lived with other budgies at the time.

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Old 06-07-2016, 02:25 PM
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Hi there,

Since you are the one who is actually able to watch your budgie, to see how she interacts with her mate and how she carries on in her daily life, you will be in a better position to tell if she is happy.
Depending on personality, some budgies are naturally more quiet and shy and it's not uncommon to have a female budgie who is less vocal and that only chirps on rare occasions.
This doesn't necessarily mean that they are unhappy.

What do you mean by "whale blubber"?

Do you have a calcium source for your budgies via a cuttlefish bone or calcium block? Besides this, your budgies should also have a mineral block.
Also it's never too late to improve their diet and to encourage them to eat fresh foods. Be sure to check the detailed information on the stickies at the Diet and Nutrition section.
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Oh. I think cuttlefish is the same as whale blubber. We just call it whale blubber in Norway.. in norwegian. In any case it does the same thing. They also have a calcium perch.

I keep trying with some of the fruits and vegetables budgies can have. They just won't touch it. The male will lick the water of anything dipped in water.. but not actually eat it.. Every now and then I stick it in through the bars where they usually perch.
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Hi Else,

Aluz has given great advice I agree that if she isn't sick and is acting normally as well as interacting well with her friend, then she is most likely fine. She is probably just a bashful girl

I'm glad you're still trying with the veggies even though they don't seem to care for them. The important thing is to keep trying, even if you think they'll never eat them. You can shred carrot, hang wet lettuce, or serve veggies a number of ways that might help them to be interested
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Shredded carrot sounds fun. Our dogs love carrot.. Would be fun if the budgies did too.
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