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Help! Rico is making a strange sound. I started noticing it a few days ago and have been trying to get it on video ever since. He usually does it a couple times in a row... Maybe 1-3 times a day. The times I've noticed it's been after playing with his mirror or once it was a toy he was very excited about. Could this possibly be him regurgitating food (to a "mate&quot or is he sick?! I've been worrying myself sick reading about various things he could have like canker? He is very active, flying, playing, chirping, talking and seems to be eating fine. He fluffs while playing/talking but looks normal the rest of the time. No tail bob unless he's been flying and even then it's just slightly moving . He is on mostly a seed diet. I mix in pellets but he doesn't eat them. He eats a lot of sprouts (chia, millet and alfalfa) and more recently started eating corn. He also eats some egg shells I sprinkle in his seed. He is finishing up his first molt...still has a few pin feathers.

I'm attaching a video. He started making the noise while playing with his mirror I caught a second of it and walked across the room. The dog shook his head (you hear his collar jingle) and Rico does it again. You will also hear my dog yawn...I'm describing so you know what is Rico and what is not.

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Sound's like a normal budgie call to me, mine do that all the time. Look's healthy too. I'm gonna go ahead and acuse you of being a worry wart mom....

Keep working on getting that seed diet corrected...mashed hardboiled egg is good for molt recovery....flaxseed too....
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I just saw him spit a seed out on his swing (he's in love with) and then he ate it again. I worry about him constantly it's awful! I have 3 kids and I don't worry about them this much. I'm losing my mind!

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Sound's like a normal budgie call to me, mine do that all the time. Look's healthy too. I'm gonna go ahead and acuse you of being a worry wart mom....

Keep working on getting that seed diet corrected...mashed hardboiled egg is good for molt recovery....flaxseed too....

I try giving veggies everyday and will continue to try. I was surprised when he started eating corn. We were having dinner (he eats with us) and after watching me he flew over and tried to steal a piece from my mouth! Now it's his favorite. He loves his sprouts and I just bought him a spouter so I can always have some on hand. I give him hard boiled eggs everyday too. He flings them around but I don't think he actually eats them. Same with the pellets. He acts like they are a toy and will carry them around, give them to various toys (and our dog) even crushes them up sometimes but I have yet to see him eat one. I try giving them to him on their own, on a mirror, in a mash...always the same. I think since the sprouts and corn he is less afraid to touch things though. Maybe it will just take more time.

I will get him some flax seed tomorrow. Thank you!

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I agree with Randy, sounds like he is very happy and simply displaying it. I laughed when I read you don't worry about your three kids as you do about him. They do have a way of getting into those heart strings don't they? try some basil, thyme, parsley, broccoli, as well
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Sound's like you got him eating real good...Also sound's like you need to start feeding yourself more broccoli ....
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Okay, I guess I'm still being a worried mom. He did it again but stretched his neck out a bunch. The kids are worried too. My husband thinks Rico just learned a new sound. ? My concern is he acts like he's choking when he's doing it. It's different than his normal "akk akk akk!" call but it does sound similar. Maybe you can't tell as much in the video. Maybe I should just take him to the vet so I will feel better.
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Not an alarmist, but right after the dog collar jingle (about 20 sec) he makes what sounds to me like a bird cough. You might listen how often
he produces it, record it and take him and it to a bird vet if it continues
just to be certain. To me, it doesn't sound like imitating a sound.
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Not an alarmist, but right after the dog collar jingle (about 20 sec) he makes what sounds to me like a bird cough. You might listen how often
he produces it, record it and take him and it to a bird vet if it continues
just to be certain. To me, it doesn't sound like imitating a sound.
Yes, that is the part of the video (the sound) I'm concerned about. It's similar to an "akk! Akk! Akk!" but more of a choking sound to my ears. I'm around him all day and this is a new sound. It seems to me like there is seed involved. Like it's after he eats or he's coughing up seed? I'm going to call the vet tomorrow.
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I have had this on many occasions, but it has always gone away after a day or two. I always assumed it was a temporary discomfort in the crop. Will be very interested to hear what the vet says.
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I wasn't able to get him in today even though I called as soon as they opened. Our appointment is for 9 am tomorrow. I will update then with what the vet says.

This might be a better example

https://youtu.be/YnGf4No4GdA

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