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I just brought a new budgie on Tuesday, He's a baby(7 weeks old). Once I had put him in his new cage I noticed he was opening his beak a little. I wasn't sure if this was due to stress or not so I left him. It's now Friday, he's been eating, chirping, flying and sitting on our fingers. He becomes fluffy when he's on our fingers and is comfortable enough to clean himself on us. However I've now noticed that he's opening his beak wider and sort of sticks his tounge out. It kind of looks like he's gagging a little. I've also noticed his blinking is a little out. On his right side he sometimes keeps his eye shut or closes it more. He hasn't been very sleepy and isn't fluffy all the time and there is no signs of tail bobbing. He seems happy however i know what I have pointed out are signs of sickness and am not sure whether these may be due to stress from moving homes or whether I should take him to the vet. He is getting more comfortable everyday and has started to dip his head into his water bowl. I don't know whether he's drinking it or not so I'm unsure 0on whether him lifting his beak could be dehydration.
 

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Hi there and :welcome: to the forums!

Congratulations on your little one! First of all, although it seems like he's settling in well so far, usually it's recommended to let your budgie settle in for two weeks before trying to take him or her out of the cage. This is so that they can build a sense of security in their cage and get used to their new environment without the added stress of coming out! During this time is a great time to get to know him by sitting next to his cage and talking to him as often as possible, etc. so that when the time comes to work with him on taming and bonding he's more used to you :thumbsup:

From what you've described, I don't think he's sick since he's active and not showing any other symptoms. Budgies normally do quirky things like that, such as closing one eye, and the beak movements you're seeing are probably him adjusting his crop after eating or for a stretch, or yawning! Of course, if you're concerned, it never hurts to discuss things with your avian vet to make sure that your little one is doing ok.

Meanwhile, you've come to the best possible place to learn even more about the best of budgie care practices! It's great to have you with us - to start, be sure to read through the forums' many budgie articles and resources, including the many Budgie Articles and "stickies" (threads "stuck" to the top of each subforum for easy reference) to ensure you're up to date on everything.

If you have any questions after doing so, please be sure to ask as we'd be happy to help! :D

We hope to see you around! :wave:
 

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Hi! :welcome: to Talk Budgies

Star has provided you with good information with regard to the beak opening and blinking
What is your little fellow's name? He sounds precious!
We'd LOVE to see some pictures if you have some to share!

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