Originally Posted by FaeryBee
That really doesn't look like either dry-retching or repeated adjusting of the crop to me.
It actually appears to be more of a contented head-bobbing action.
I'll be interested to know what your Avian Vet has to say about it.
Thank you for taking a look at the video, I appreciate it a lot. ...He wasn't that helpful. He pretty much cited a laundry list of things that it could be (like the whole encyclopedia and included regurgitation to an object of affection. But that's, typically, not what that looks like with this budgie. ...Also on this list were things where vomiting is a symptom, but this isn't vomiting either.) He said to keep watching him to see how often this is happening (so far twice in a week)... and if it keeps up, he needs to be seen in person and tested.
Which was a reasonable answer to a degree, and what I was already thinking, but it wasn't that
helpful of a response, ultimately. I'd been meaning to shop around for other avian vet options, because while I like this one in some ways, and he seems knowledgable and detailed, there were a couple things he has said to me in that past that seemed a tiny bit "off" but I overlooked them. So I'm going to see what I can find in terms of options to have a long-haul avian vet relationship. He may be the one ultimately, but it was on my to-do list to look around.
.... I hear you.... there is a part of me that is wondering if there's a behavioral element to this vs. physical. Both times it was later at night... a little bit on the too late side where he probably shouldn't still be up. I wonder if being very tired or exhausted is a factor. Also, he was on his favorite perch, which he has started regurgitating to... and so I'm going to rearrange the cage.
He hasn't done it today and he ate a lot of pellets for breakfast. (And then later devoured lots of kale.)
Everything else seems fine... droppings, energy level, appetite, drinking water, lots of chirping (he's so vocal. All
day.), lots of playing and chewing toys. He's so cute. He is getting more handsome as his pin feathers are going away, but it's amazing that he still has a lot on his head. Mostly underneath. He keeps losing feathers ( a tail feather yesterday, & lots of the cute little stripey ones.) He will have worked hard to look good when his molt is all said and done.
His weight is 32 1/2 grams, up from 31 1/2 grams about 6 weeks ago. I weigh him about once a week or every other, in the morning, and his weight has remained consistent.
I'm going to keep a close eye on him, & will make an appointment if he does this move again. I might just go ahead and do that regardless; at the least I'm going to research all of my avian vet options again today. In the past I'd located one but the reviews were questionable & not so good; and there's another but it's somewhat far away.
Originally Posted by Cody
It looks to me as if he is trying to bring something up and can't or that he may have a bit of reflux going on. I will also be interested in knowing what the vet says. Maybe the pellets don't agree with him or he is stuffing himself so full there is no more room and it caused this type of action.
Hi Cody. Thank you for looking at the video. I'm so appreciative of everyone's thoughts & insights. ... Is reflux a thing with budgies? ... I guess that could mean irritation/inflammation somewhere.
To your other point, he can be a pretty voracious eater, and if he's not chewing those Roudybush pellets well enough, they're much harder than the Zupreem which I think dissolve and would pass more easily. ... I have wondered if the consistency of the pellets is a problem for him. Which is a shame because he really likes them.
I've always wished that there were more choices in extra small pellets because that's what Biz likes. Harrison's superfine are small, but he doesn't like that formula and won't eat them. Perhaps I'll try that again.