Hello! I joined TalkBudgies yesterday, but this is the third day I've owned my budgies. I've caught one of my budgies leaning forward/hunching (kind of like this ), but I'm not sure if it's because she's new and nervous or if there's something more serious going on. I've also noticed feces hanging from her vent, and she tends to stretch (slightly open wings) when she sees people/when people talk to her. She tends to stay still unless I'm in the room, which is odd, but I don't know if that plays into anything. I didn't see her drink any water today, but she might've moved when I was gone.
Welcome, and congratulations on your new babies!
Some budgies don't stand up straight, and as far as I know, that's completely normal as far as the feces go, the same thing happened to Stormy when we first got him. I think it's because he was so stressed from his new home that he wasn't bathing or preening himself.
And the stretching is normal as well. Mine stretches all the time, especially after playing or exercising.
Stormy didn't seem to eat or drink the first few days we had him. He just sat still in the corner for nearly a week. They're still just getting used to their new home. They'll come around soon enough
I'm glad to see you're so concerned about your babies, though! That means you're a very good pet parent
Everything you've described is normal for a new bird.
It's going to take a couple of weeks for them to settle in and start to feel comfortable.
The stretching is sort of a "greeting" acknowledging your presence.