Recommend health food// Budgie Tired, Lethargic or Bored
My young Budgie appears to be tired. Her cage is covered around 8pm and uncovered around 9am. When I look at her, her eyes appear heavy. She will blink slowly and hold them shut for a bit, then open them if she hears a noise. She doesn't say much at all. Sometimes she is slightly puffed up. She is molting as shown below. She is willing to perch on my finger without millet, and sometimes times lets me rub her back and chest with my finger.
Items in her cage are a swing, a mirror, water/food (seeds with some fresh carrots and other fruits mixed in). When I play with her she always gets millet. When warm outside, I place her cage in sunlight outside for 20 or so minutes, but it is starting to get cool here in Georgia.
So the question is, is her lack of energy due to molting? Is she bored? I don't get a lot of time to play with her before work.
It's not unusual for a moulting bird to be a little more lethargic than normal.
However, it does sound like boredom could be an issue as well as your girl has nothing to entertain herself with in her cage.
It's best to remove her mirror as she's a lone bird. Have you considered getting her a chewing toy, like a kabob? She can shred this and it will stop her being bored while she's alone. Also, when you go out, do you leave music or the TV on for her?
When I am at work there is nothing on. No music or TV. When I am home I will oftentimes put a youtube video on of Budgies talking. She usually doesn't seem interested in this though, although she actually did chirp a few times yesterday. She rarely ever chirps.
Why should she not have a mirror? What is a kabob?
I would recommend putting the radio on when you go out. You don't have to put on budgie sounds, just the radio so your budgie can some noise to listen to which will encourage her to chatter a little more.
Budgies associate silence with danger so she'll likely be on alert in a silent house.
Mirrors can lead budgies to become obsessed with the mirror, as they think its another budgie friend for them to talk too. They can end up just sitting next to the mirror chattering too it instead of doing anything else.
A kabob is a shredding toy for budgies. It's a natural thing for budgies to shred and chew on things. Your local pet shop should have a range of toys suitable for budgies or you can look online.
As you seem quite new to budgies, you might want to read through some stickies to learn more about them.
Hi, I agree your budgie could do with some interesting toys to help keep her interested. You can make your own toys buy many of the different varieties available from pet shops or online.
Hens love shredding toys usually, the Kabobs are made from loofah sponge usually . Get a couple of calcium bells, having a mirror can lead to her becoming attached to the lovely budgie she sees , this is why we recommend not having one.
Tired, quiet Budgie not responding to Budgie sounds.
I have a three month old Budgie. I believe she is going through a Molt as she has several pin feathers on her head. She is very tired, unless it is in the morning or I have her cage outside in the sun. I have tried playing Budgie sounds for hours and she doesn't seem to pay attention to them. Also play videos of Budgies walking around chirping. Still no response.
Is her molt causing her to be so quiet and tired? She is eating find, poops are fine. She does have some very minor tail bobbing, but its about the same amount as the other Budgies at various petstores in the area.
Anyways, anything I can do to energize her during her molt? If that is even what is causing her tiredness and quietness?
Some moults can certainly make budgies overall more quiet and not so energetic. But there is a definite difference between this and lethargy due to illness.
If you suspect there might be something else going on with your budgie, then it would be best to book her an appointment with the avian vet specialist for a check up.
In order to replenish the energy levels lost in a moult and to promote good feather growth, you can supplement your budgie's diet with egg food.
To help with the discomfort of the moult, you can also offer your budgie a means for her to bathe if she chooses to do so, by placing a shallow dish of water for her.
If you haven't done so already, check these links for the detailed information:
I hope your budgie feels better soon and as to the budgie videos, if she is a solo budgie, it's best to simply play music or nature sounds because the sound of other budgies may make her anxious to meet the singing budgies.
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My three month young Budgie is so tired. I can see her through the security camera and she never moves while I am at work.
In the mornings she is perky and stands up and has energy. I usually let her sit outside for 30 minutes before lunch. By lunchtime, she is getting tired. By 2pm or 3pm she is all hunched over with heavy eye lids.
She seems to be quite tame as she will usually hop onto my finger for millet. She will sometimes hop up on my finger without millet. She also lets me gently pet her belly and back/wings area. I play lots of Budgie sounds from youtube, and those seem to have no effect on her whatsoever.
She does have several pin feathers on her head, but I have not noticed her loosing many feathers. I assume she is molting.
I am feeding her petstore bird seed, sliced up carrots and lettuce, and she has a cuddlebone that she is using some in the mornings.
Anyways, what type of food is best that I can get at a petstore? I saw some that had eggs mixed in. Would that be a good choice to help perk her up and give her some energy?
From the symptoms you've described both on this thread and previous threads, I strongly recommend taking your budgie to a bird vet for a check up. Drowsiness, hunched over on the perch and tail bobbing are indicators of a bird that is unwell and who may need treatment. This can only be determined by a veterinarian and the sooner an illness is caught and treatment started the better.
Budgies normally nap for a short amount of time during the day as a natural pattern. However, if she really is not moving at all during the day, then I agree with Niamh that she could be sick and she should be seen by an avian vet.
Let us know how she is doing soon!
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