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Have two budgies. I have have them for four years so they are familiar with their surroundings. Noticed last night the female is breathing faster than normal and this morning was giving a small chirrup. She is no longer chirruping but is still breathing faster than usual. She is moving about, interacting with her friend, eating, and drinking.

The only change in environment is we have been having terrible thunderstorms lately. Might that be the cause? Anything else to change or observe? I don't want to worry her by being too active around her.

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What would pumping of the tail indicate?

Since they were class pets, they were not socialized properly. They do not like to be held and if I tried now, I'm afraid it would be too much stress. They are now in a bedroom, partially covered.

Also, I noticed recently she was not using her cuttlebone. I switched out the used one. Could she have a deficiency if she hasn't been using it? I turned it and scratched it a bit to make it more appealing. But no luck.
 

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Thank you. She and her companion are covered on three sides and I placed a new mineral block in addition to the cuttlebone. She acts her normal self and is breathing less rapidly but still more than is typical for her. Of course it would be over a long, holiday weekend.

She usually uses the cuttlebone to trim her beak but I think a trip to the avian vet for a general check and nail trim would make me feel better.

Thank you everyone for advice.
 

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Sad to say Cleo did not make it. She and her companion went to the avian vet. Tom had his nails trimmed and a checkup, all good. They took Cleo out, examined her, trimmed nails and was looking at her beak when she went limp. They tried CPR with no luck. Terribly sad here. Tom has always had a companion so I will have to make certain he gets plenty of attention.

Thanks for everyone's help.
 
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