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i just got a new budgie yesterday and im not sure if she's sick or not. She was just weened off when we bought her.

She is very sleepy. She poops but they keep getting stuck to her vent feathers. Is she just stressed out or sick?

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Hopefully this baby budgie is a minimum of 8 weeks old?
Budgies should not be separated from the Dad and siblings until they are fully weaned and eating on their own for a minimum of two weeks to help prevent regression.
Additionally, the birds need to be with members of their original flock in order to learn properly to "be budgies".

Have you taken her to the Avian Vet for a check-up?

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.

Distinction between an Avian Vet and a Vet that "Will See Birds"

Having your budgie 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.


I strongly recommend you have the budgie seen by an Avian Vet to establish a baseline and ensure it is healthy.

Additionally, you have to remember that if she is very young, sleeping a lot is normal.

Budgies are often submissive when they are first brought into a new environment because they are terrified.

Cover the top and three sides of her cage to help her feel safer and more secure.
She needs to be given a two week period to settle into her new environment without you trying to touch her.

Taming and Bonding is all about helping your budgie learn to trust you and it takes a great deal of time and patience on your part.
You should never grab your budgie or force her to be touched.
To bond with your budgie, you need to build her trust in you.
She will have to learn over time that you will not hurt her, grab her and try to force her to allow you to hold her.

To build your budgie’s trust, sit by her cage and read, talk or sing quietly to her for a period of at least 10-15 minutes, 3 or 4 times day. After the 2nd or 3rd day, rest your hand on the outside of the cage when you talk to her so he'll learn that your hand is safe and will not hurt her.

After a week, rest your hand inside the cage when you talk.
Don’t make sudden moves, don’t try to touch her.
Let her get used to the idea that the hand is now in her safe place and not harming her.

After 2 weeks, begin moving your hand slowly toward your budgie. If she becomes agitated, stop moving your hand and just hold very still until she calms down. When she's comfortable with your hand near her, you can offer her a bit of millet or a few seeds. In a few more days, you can begin your taming and bonding sessions.

Always work at your budgie's pace.
Move slowly and talk reassuringly and calmly to her whenever you interact with her.
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