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[youtube]LtBOeD2rzqc[youtube]
I think thats how you link to youtube if not just copy and paste this¿
https://youtu.be/LtBOeD2rzqc

But yeah, i have a budgie named Blue, and i've only noticed today but she's doing this weird tapping thing with her foot
Around the end of the video theres a little spaz with her foot and that's happened around 5-6 times in this whole day that i've watched her

What do you guys think is wrong? Or is it just a normal behaviour because i read somewhere thats a way of warming up for them aswell
Edit: looks like the link works

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In all the years I've had budgies, I've never seen one make a repeated "tapping" motion with its foot in that manner.

Has she been scratching or biting at her foot at all?
Have you checked the skin of her foot and leg to see if it is dry/itchy or if there is any sign of mites?
Are her toenails a good length or do they look too long?
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That's interesting, I also have never seen that. My first thought is that it's like a tic of some sort, just a quirk she may have been born with, unless this behaviour only started recently.

Has she done this before? How's her perching, balance, etc?
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In all the years I've had budgies, I've never seen one make a repeated "tapping" motion with its foot in that manner.

Has she been scratching or biting at her foot at all?
Have you checked the skin of her foot and leg to see if it is dry/itchy or if there is any sign of mites?
Are her toenails a good length or do they look too long?
No she hasn't scratched or bitten her foot as far as i've seen
Although i'm probably not the best person to observe this as she runs away from me but it looks a little dry? If the foot being a little whiter here and there compared to the other birds means that her feet are drier then probaby yes
And her toenails look normal to me, maybe just need a very very tiny trim on a few but thats it

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That's interesting, I also have never seen that. My first thought is that it's like a tic of some sort, just a quirk she may have been born with, unless this behaviour only started recently.

Has she done this before? How's her perching, balance, etc?
I'm pretty sure this started probably just today unless i havent paid much attention
She's perfectly fine to me, perches properly, great balance
She also just shed off her cut flight feathers in these past 2-3 weeks so she's flying good too

Should i take her to the vet to see whats going on with her if this continues on for a few days?

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Hi there,

From the video it seems there is some kind of uncontrollable spasm.
Before this started, did you notice anything off with your budgie? Did she have a dazed look in her eyes or shown signs of being overly tired?
Was there any night fright event recently? Or did she spook out out of the blue during the day?

Given the symptom exhibited, it would really be best to book your budgie an appointment with the avian vet specialist.
This twitching on the leg may have started as a consequence of a mild seizure, so it's best to have her thoroughly examined.
If this is confirmed, then she will likely need to be medicated to prevent more potential seizures from happening.

I hope all goes well with your budgie and the twitching stops with treatment.
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