Recently my (we think) male budgie, Bart , has been acting oddly lately. He is approxomatly 3 years old and he has been found sitting in his food bowl in the nights and mornings. He acts normal and flies around for the rest of the day, but this behaviors has us concerned. Also, lately Bart's droppings have been rather large and longer unlike his normal round droppings. Please post back and tell me what is going on and rather my budgie is ill.
Can you show us a clear close up, in focus, pic of Bart's face, this sounds like female behavior to me and the big poops may indicate she is getting ready to lay an egg... The picture will help determine if this is the case or not.
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Does your Bart's vent area look more swollen? The fact that "he" has very large poops and is nesting on the food bowl makes me believe "he" is a female and very soon you will have an egg to prove it.
You can easily check Bart's gender by looking at the colour of the cere (cere is the upper part of the beak where the nostrils are located)
Females in condition will have a tan to dark brown coloured cere (cere will have a creamy white colour when not in breeding condition).
Males will have royal blue ceres. In certain mutations the cere will be pinkish coloured.
Any time you notice a change in your bird and have concerns you should be taking this bird to an avian vet. That way your bird will be more comfortable and so will you.
He may not feel good and suffering which is something you do not want.
Bart is definitely a male budgie, so no eggs from him!
It is strange, however that he stays in the food bowl for long periods of time.
If his activity levels are low and you notice a decrease in his appetite, then it is best to have him checked by a vet so that he is properly diagnosed and treated.
I have merged your two threads regarding Bart's health into one. Please do not post multiple threads on the same topic in different areas of the forum. This is very confusing to other members and only one thread is needed.
Bart is very cute. I would suggest you have him checked by an Avian Vet to ensure he is in good health and put your mind at ease.
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I hope your visit to the vet will bring good news. Please keep us updated
He may have something internal affecting him, his droppings are a strange shape. However if he is active, drinking and eating normally then he may have a slight deficiency. I suggest that you make sure he gets fresh veggies and access to a cuttle bone. If he is sleeping in his food bowl, you may have his perches positioned too low? Budgies like to perch as high as possible at night, especially if they don't get covered and feel vunerable. If you notice his behaviour change or he starts to display any other symptoms, you should take him to the vet.
I would consider taking him to an avian vet for a wellness check up. Your dropping's picture's show what look's to me to be small clump's of undigested seed, which could be vomiting. Because budgies are incredibly good at hiding illness, anytime we have more than one abnormal sign, we should definitely have them checked.
I do hope Bart's new behavior is just because he has 'discovered' something new that he likes to do. That can happen with pet birds .
Keep in mind that unless the vet did tests (blood panel, fecal test, swabs if determined necessary, etc) then there is only so much they can tell just by physical exam. Many birds look beautiful on the outside when sick. That being said, I hope Bart really is 100% fine .