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Old 06-22-2016, 01:44 AM
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Something I've noticed my Mernin doing is a sort of head bobbing action. Her neck just sort of extends and then goes back to normal repeatedly. I thought nothing of it, that maybe it was just something birds did. Upon further research, I found that it is often to help them swallow food, or a sort of mating ritual. However, Mernin will do it randomly, almost as if she has no control over it. She will do it even if she hasn't eaten recently, and I have no other budgies... I'm probably just over-reacting, but I'm starting to worry.

Is anyone else familiar with this? Could there be an issue at hand?

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My birds do the same, most likely, if it's just stretching the neck with beak open, it's just normal, just making sure the food is placed the right way in the crop.
Mine do it quite often some days, and they are healthy
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From your description, it seems your Mernin is adjusting her crop and this is normal.
This is not related to mating. Budgies can also regurgitate food to a mate as sign of affection, it's not strictly related to mating or mating rituals.
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Hi Nicole,

I agree that this movement as observed once in a while is perfectly normal

Adjusting the crop is one possibility and so is excitement, many budgies bob their heads for no reason if they're excited about a toy or are simply feeling cheerful.

You only need to be worried if Mernin does it obsessively, while accompanied by other symptoms.
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Phew, thank you all so much! I was really getting worried there. As always, I appreciate everyone's feedback and information
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