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Hello and :welcome: to the forums!

Congratulations on your new friends, and I'm glad you're starting to be attached to them :) It's hard not to, with their fluffy little cheeks and cute little faces :giggle:

Well, unfortunately, your budgie does sound sick. Stress can cause symptoms like this but since they've been there already for a week, if it were stress related, it likely would have mostly faded by now.

You must watch carefully to ensure his vent doesn't get clogged up--this can be fatal. If he continues picking it off, that's good. As you wait for a vet appointment (you should take him to the vet for a proper diagnosis), if he doesn't seem to be cleaning his vent properly, you should put on a pair of gloves or something similar and gently reach in and grab him. With a soft cloth or a cotton ball, gently wash the poop of his vent with warm water. Diluted chamomile tea works well, also, and reduces possible inflammation. Make sure to do it quickly and gently, before putting him back. The gloves will reduce his fear of your bare hands as you progress in taming.

Make sure to keep an eye on his appetite and monitor his condition from now until the vet visit to ensure any other symptoms are dealt with as soon as they are noticed.

I hope your little budgie is okay and we'd love to see pictures of both of them when you get a chance!

Hope to see you around and it's great you've decided to join us ;) As you read through the forum, if you have any questions, be sure to ask :D

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