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Old 02-11-2015, 07:04 PM
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A few minutes ago I noticed one of my budgies holding onto the side of the cage with her beak hooked on an upper rung. They are both new to me, females, over 4 months old, and have been in a small cage with minimal handling, and standard walmart food (I've been offering veggies, nutriberries, and millet, but they've only nibbled on the nutriberries and did eat the millet today). They did not have a cuttlefish bone or mineral supplement previously, but has both now. She seems to be otherwise normal (eating, pooping, preening, moving around the cage), but she has done that behavior a couple of times tonight. Is this normal behavior? A stress behavior?

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Don't worry! The first time Mallorn did that, I panicked a little bit

It's actually (from my experience) just an easy place to relax. Also, when my girl does it, she usually wants to come out and play! Usually it means they want some kind of attention

Since she's still acting normal otherwise, I would say it's just one of budgie's many quirks
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mine do that all the time. cracks me up
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A few minutes ago I noticed one of my budgies holding onto the side of the cage with her beak hooked on an upper rung. They are both new to me, females, over 4 months old, and have been in a small cage with minimal handling, and standard walmart food (I've been offering veggies, nutriberries, and millet, but they've only nibbled on the nutriberries and did eat the millet today). They did not have a cuttlefish bone or mineral supplement previously, but has both now. She seems to be otherwise normal (eating, pooping, preening, moving around the cage), but she has done that behavior a couple of times tonight. Is this normal behavior? A stress behavior?
I'm glad you asked this question. I've seen this a time or two with mine and it sort of scared me... So it's good to know this is not an uncommon behavior, it seems.
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Hello all, I do not wish to alarm any of you but this can also be a sign of respiratory distress, if the budgie is breathing heavy or you can hear a clicking or crackling sound then your budgie is actually trying to breath easier.
Most probably your birds are just doing their thing but keep this in mind for the future , of course I would imagine they would be displaying other symptoms of not being well.
The best medicine for your budgies is to know and respond to their body language .
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Pretty Boy, that's why I asked, since I don't know this budgie's normal behavior yet! She doesn't seem to be having visibly labored breathing and is otherwise normal from what I have seen in other budgies and in her behavior in the previous 5 days that I have had her.
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I think your new budgies will be very happy with you as their human I am sure they are just being playful It is great to ask questions , no question is ever too silly or dumb please remember that
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