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Hi im new here and my brother bought a budgie from petsmart yesterday. I noticed Blueberry twitching a bit every time she breathes or something but its not very noticeable. Also do you all think its normal for her wings to be like what is in the video?

Shes taking a nap i think right now but before she was eating some seeds and was chirping, moving and flying around when I put on some budgie video on youtube.

 

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Are the wings like that all the time? She is very young and so sweet, you said she was flying around, do you mean inside the cage? When you first bring home a new bird do not try to touch the bird, the bird has just been brought into a new home with new people and has to get used to the new surroundings and the people. It is critical that you make sure she is eating well on her own. Sit by her the cage and talk to her quietly several times a day and it would be best to leave a radio on softly for her if she is left alone. Birds are prey animals an silence can signal danger to them so the radio will give some comfort. Who has the responsibility of caring for the bird, you or your brother or someone else? Caring for a bird requires more than what many people realize in order for them to have a healthy and happy life, there are many resources on the forum that will help you learn what is best for the bird.
 

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Are the wings like that all the time? She is very young and so sweet, you said she was flying around, do you mean inside the cage? When you first bring home a new bird do not try to touch the bird, the bird has just been brought into a new home with new people and has to get used to the new surroundings and the people. It is critical that you make sure she is eating well on her own. Sit by her the cage and talk to her quietly several times a day and it would be best to leave a radio on softly for her if she is left alone. Birds are prey animals an silence can signal danger to them so the radio will give some comfort. Who has the responsibility of caring for the bird, you or your brother or someone else? Caring for a bird requires more than what many people realize in order for them to have a healthy and happy life, there are many resources on the forum that will help you learn what is best for the bird.
Hi thanks for your reply! Since my brother is just a kid, I would likely have to take most of the responsibility lol. Yes, our budgie Blueberry was flying around the cage when I started a YouTube video that had budgie sounds. Right now, I've just been right beside the cage doing my classes while I put on some budgie friendly music I found on Spotify.

I'm not sure if her wings have been like that the whole time. I will monitor her and see if it's just temporary. Is it something serious? I think there are bird doctors here but since she isn't tamed yet, it might make her more scared.

I will be checking the resources for more info on budgies. We currently only have the basic perches and seed mix given from PetSmart but I have bought better items for her that is on the way (like healthy pellets or something, wood perches, and shredding toys).

 

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Hi there and welcome to the forums!

You've gotten great advice and resources above, and I agree with the information from Cody 100%!

Be sure to read through the forums' many resources, as pointed out above, in order to stay posted on the best of budgie care practices! If you have any questions afterwards, please be sure to ask as we'd be happy to help :D

Keep us posted on how things go! 👋
 

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I would not play the budgie sounds, it will get Blueberry excited thinking there are other budgies around but she will never be able to find them or interact with them. It takes a lot of time and patience to tame a budgie so do not expect miracles in a couple of weeks. It is always a good thing to have a well birdie check up with an avian vet, that way you know if the bird is healthy and it establishes you as a client and the bird as a patient, and should anything come up in the future you will already have a baseline established with a vet. The wings should cross the rump area in the back when the bird is sitting, watch her for a few days and see if they continue to droop. Regarding switching the diet to pellets, some birds will just not eat them and any diet change must be done very gradually, never remove what Blueberry is accustomed to eating and replace it with pellets thinking that if she/he is hungry they will get eaten, that will not work and you will end up starving the bird. Budgies will not eat what they do not recognize as food so unless they have been raised on pellets they do not recognize them as a food source, also be sure to offer veggies, you can start with some greens, but again Blueberry may not try them at first.
 

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I would not play the budgie sounds, it will get Blueberry excited thinking there are other budgies around but she will never be able to find them or interact with them. It takes a lot of time and patience to tame a budgie so do not expect miracles in a couple of weeks. It is always a good thing to have a well birdie check up with an avian vet, that way you know if the bird is healthy and it establishes you as a client and the bird as a patient, and should anything come up in the future you will already have a baseline established with a vet. The wings should cross the rump area in the back when the bird is sitting, watch her for a few days and see if they continue to droop. Regarding switching the diet to pellets, some birds will just not eat them and any diet change must be done very gradually, never remove what Blueberry is accustomed to eating and replace it with pellets thinking that if she/he is hungry they will get eaten, that will not work and you will end up starving the bird. Budgies will not eat what they do not recognize as food so unless they have been raised on pellets they do not recognize them as a food source, also be sure to offer veggies, you can start with some greens, but again Blueberry may not try them at first.
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