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Hello, I have 2 male budgies (both around 9 months of age). I've had them for almost 2 months. They're wonderful. I have however noticed the one doing what is happening in the video (see below). Note the video isn't mine and those birds aren't mine. I have seen it happen around 4 or 5 times in the 2 months I've had them so it isn't very much at all. Each time, he has been sat by the food bowl or eating seed. The other one comes over to him and seems concerned and stays close to him until it is over. It doesn't seem to last any longer than a minute each time and he just goes back to his normal self. He does seem quite panicked/uncomfortable while it happens though and it is I would say, more high pitched than the bird in the video (I heard it from the other room when it last happened yesterday). As he isn't actually sick, both are eating and drinking and are their active and happy, chatty selves, I don't see the need in stressing them over a visit to the vet (plus the vet can't see it actually happening so it isn't much use - it's over by the time I get my camera!). I just thought I'd join here and see if anyone can give some ideas as to whether this would be choking and maybe something that needs looking at if it is ongoing (though what can you do if a bird is choking? How can I slow him down while eating if he's just a bit greedy? Not much I can do, right?), or it's nothing to worry about? I have only ever seen it happen to him, never my other bird. Thanks!

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Hi Dan and to Talk Budgies!

In the video it does appear as if the bird is trying to dislodge a seed hull or maybe a tiny feather.

I don't know what to suggest with regard to helping him so this doesn't happen, but perhaps you should have this information on hand:

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Hi Dan After watching the video it took me a few minutes to remember where I've seen this before, when I was a kid many years ago I had a budgie called Billy who loved to have a paddle in the kitchen sink, if his face got wet while he was splashing about he would make exactly the same sounds and the same actions, it only ever lasted for about 20 seconds and then he was fine again, it certainly didn't put him off his paddle, Billy lived to the grand old age of 18,
I know my post may not be really helpful to you, so please read the threads suggested by Deb, it's better to be prepared than sorry.
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At first it seemed that the bird is having a seizure or shivering but then it tries to vomit out the seeds. Is your bird having some digestion issues? Is he having issues with seeds or other food items as well?
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Thank you for the welcome and for your replies

Thank you @FaeryBee for the CPR information, had a read through and bookmarked just in case!

@Impeckable, thank you - it's good to know something similar happened and they lived a long life!

@sunnydyazz, he doesn't have any issues with his veggies/fruit no. I have noticed that he seems to eat the seed very quickly compared to my other bird so maybe that is the issue. I think I will just have to keep an eye on him and see how he goes!
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The budgie in the vid is definitely regurgitating and gagging.
Has he been on the same seed mix?
I'd change it to a very clean/not dusty and plain mix and see how he does.
Maybe the seeds he eats bother him from time to time.
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Also check the expiration date of food he eats and make sure it's not moldy, damp.
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If this were my bird he or she would be off to the vet. If birds are having trouble with digestion they could lose weight. At a very minimum I would see an avian vet for a gram stain of the crop and droppings to check for yeast. At least that way you will know.
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Thank you @Nika, they were on a different seed mix when it happened before as I couldn't get to town before we ran out. So it has happened on two types of seed. The food they have is in date.

@Spiritbird, thanks. If it was a problem with digestion, do you think it would be happening more often? I am always in the room at the time they eat their veggies and he's never had a problem then. I will be keeping a close eye and camera on hand so I can show the vet!
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