I've had my 2 budgies for a week now. I've never had any birds before so I don't know how to classify this behavior.
One of my budgies (Kodiak) seems to fall off of his perch almost on purpose. He can stand on them all day long if he wants too, but sometime I see him arrange himself so he is hanging upside down on the perch. Then after a few will flap his wings a little then flop straight down to the bottom of the cage. He has done this with several different perches (both wood and sand) and at a variety of heights. In fact he's doing it right now on his wood ladder.
He also seems to flap his wings a lot in an attempt to fly (his wings are clipped. I did not do this myself that's just the way I got them)
My other budgie (Topaz) doesn't do anything like this and every time he falls it is completely on accident.
Does anyone have any advice as too why my budgie is doing this? I want to try and help him, also I'm afraid he will hurt himself. Both my birds are already closely bonded and it seems to concern Topaz as well every time Kodiak falls.
It doesn't sound to me like Kodiak is actually falling. It sounds more like he is letting go of the perch purposely and trying to "fly" down to the bottom of the cage. When he lands, does he land on his feet or does it actually look as if he's fallen onto his side, back, head or ?
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Sorry I didn't make it clear about him letting go and not "falling". He doesn't normally land on his feet and that is what's bothering me. Kodiak is also fluffed up all the time, but other than that he seems healthy ei; eating, chirping, playing with toys, playing with Topaz, no labored breathing, no excessive sleeping, no other symptoms of illness. I was planning on taking them both to the vet soon just for a check up, but I wanted to make sure it wasn't serious.
Having your new budgies examined by an Avian Vet allows you to develop a good relationship with the vet in case your bird needs care for an injury or illness in the future. Additionally, it is always helpful for the vet to have a baseline for your bird to refer to should it need future treatment.
Under the circumstances, I do believe it would be best to have both your bird's examined to ensure they are both healthy.
Avian Vets have special training to determine the cause of symptoms resulting from illness or trauma. This is important as "regular" vets will often overlook symptoms that are quickly obvious to an Avian Vet.
When you rely on anyone who has not had training in Avian diagnosis and care, you may be delaying effective treatment. This can prolong suffering that may be avoidable.
The bird will often require a more intense, prolonged treatment with a poorer chance of full recovery than it would have if you seek prompt professional diagnosis and treatment at the first sign of illness.
FaeryBee has given you great advice, and I agree that due to his behaviours, it's really best that he is seen by a qualified avian vet. This will rule out any neurological problems and help to accurately discover what exactly is going on with Kodiak.
I'm wishing both your little birds all the best!
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Thanks so much for the advice. I found a vet and was going to take him in either tomorrow or wednesday but tonight after my shower I walked into my room and heard a lot of commotion from the cage. I believed I walked in on Kodiak having some kind of seizure and within the next minute he was gone.
Topaz seems to be doing fine but I will be taking him into the vet tomorrow. I might have only had him for a week but I'm still really heart broken