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My budgie Poet is worrying me! She has been stretching her neck out and opening and closing her beak over and over again today, but she stops whenever I try to take a picture. Is this normal or something to worry about? What does this mean? She has been also been making weird clicking sounds I haven't heard before.
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Old 11-04-2016, 06:45 PM
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Your budgie could be adjusting her crop and this is normal.
Also when budgies scratch the sides of their face near the ear area, they can also have that automatic reaction you have described.
In both cases, this is something that quickly passes and is not cause for concern.

Do you know how beak grinding sounds like? If not, you can go to Youtube and type "beak grinding budgie" and you will see if that is the sound your budgie is doing.
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If a budgie does this only once or twice, then they are simply adjusting their crop and it is no cause for concern. Also, if the clicking sounds are like little noises that sound like she's eating seed but isn't, this is called beak grinding as Aluz has said and is normal; in fact, it indicates the bird is happy in comfortable.

However, when you see her crop adjusting multiple times per day, especially accompanied by clicking sounds that more resemble wheezing or labored breathing, then it is a cause for concern; she could have a crop infection or have respiratory issues.

By looking up YouTube videos of both these behaviours (beak grinding and crop adjustment) as Aluz suggested, you can determine if what she's doing is normal or not

Is she acting normally otherwise?
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aluz and Star have both offered you good advice.

Repeated crop adjustment can be a sign of an infection.
If the behavior continues throughout tomorrow, I would suggest you make an appointment for Poet with your Avian Vet.

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.

Please be sure to update us regarding Poet's condition.

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Okay! Thank you all. She stopped for the time being, but I will see if she continues tomorrow, and I'm going to look up some videos on youtube in the meantime.

Oh, and yes, she is acting normal otherwise!

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