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Hi all,

I got my new baby budgie about 2 weeks ago and they are settling in quite nicely, but the last two days they've been doing this behavior that I'm not sure if I should be concerned about.

I'll be in the room and then they will start panic flapping over and over again, sometimes with squaking and then after a little while they'll stop and go back to their normal behavior (preening, jumping from perch to perch etc.) I've noticed some flock calling when I leave the room, but this flapping/squaking behavior is happening when I'm there. Is it an attention thing? Or a nervous action? What do you guys think?
 

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If they are repeatedly flapping their wings without flying then they are scared of you and/or someone else in the room
if they are preening/cleaning themselves or squeaking/chirping then that means they feel safe around you

Their mood can chang from time to time and it can happen that one moment they like you and other moment they dont
Same thing happened with my budgies when they were new
 

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Hi all,

I got my new baby budgie about 2 weeks ago and they are settling in quite nicely, but the last two days they've been doing this behavior that I'm not sure if I should be concerned about.

I'll be in the room and then they will start panic flapping over and over again, sometimes with squaking and then after a little while they'll stop and go back to their normal behavior (preening, jumping from perch to perch etc.) I've noticed some flock calling when I leave the room, but this flapping/squaking behavior is happening when I'm there. Is it an attention thing? Or a nervous action? What do you guys think?
I read somewhere, flapping without flying is a part of their exercise. They do it more than a couple of times in a day just to ease their muscles and burn some energy. My pair of budgies (also brought home 4 weeks back) do the same irrespective of whether I'm in the room or not. I was also concerned at first, but relieved to know its part of their exercise routine.
 

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If they don't seem upset afterwards and they're holding on to their perches while doing it, BennJerry is correct. If not, they could still be nervous around you. As you spend more time in the same room, they'll get less nervous as well.
 

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Yes, holding on to the perch and rapidly flapping their wings is a very normal activity for many budgies. This is the way the birds exercise and strengthen their wings.
How about giving us an update on how your little ones are doing now?
Best wishes!
 

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Thank you all for your advice! My email decided to notify me all at once today. Snow is doing well, taking him to the vet again tomorrow just to be sure everything is normal. But it seems like an attention thing or a reaction to extra noises. We've noticed if we move them closer to the couch when we're watching TV then their fine and if talk with them, sing to them etc they calm down
 

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Remember that if you respond to your budgie(s) every time they make noise, you are giving them positive reinforcement to continue that behavior. Take a look at the information in the stickies in the Taming and Bonding section of the forum.
 
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