Hi, I tried to search for this topic, but didn't really come up with anything.
I got a new baby budgie last Saturday. I have two other budgies and had a fair number of indoor birds as a child (but that was a... few years ago). I also have poultry, so I am not new to birds. Anyway, I was looking specifically for a handfed budgie, and this is a pretty rural area, so the options are extremely limited. I had to drive about 3 hours to get this one. When I arrived, they were unable to tell me how old their babies were. I suspect it is younger than I originally was told although the breeder said that they are completely weaned onto seeds (it is almost fully feathered). I decided to go ahead and bring it home, (I even have handfeeding formula on hand for sick poultry and have handfed baby birds when I had them as a child).
Anyway, this baby (while originally very scared) seems to be doing well. I have not been able to get it to eat any formula, but it is eating seeds well, active, alert, and not fluffed. It does not perch much, but can, as I saw it perched on the feed bowl (although I am also scattering food on the bottom of the cage for now). My actual question regards it's stance. It stands far more horizontal than the older two I have, and seems to "hang" it's head. It can stand upright, but just doesn't seem to choose to do so most of the time. It has been long enough since I had baby indoor birds, that I do not remember if this is normal for fairly young babies. I can take it to a vet, but that is no simple feat, the avian vet is 2 hours away, and I fear adding to the stress load at this point, especially since it is otherwise acting healthy.
I will attempt to get a picture showing this stance tomorrow.
In the meantime, here's a picture of it cuddling with my hand.
Yes, it is normal for baby budgies to prefer to be in a more prone position.
Many very young ones like to be in secure corners of the cage as it reminds them of their nest box.
That said, because English budgies have been bred to have a bigger, puffier heads, some actually have heads that are too heavy for their body to hold upright comfortably. The head is too big for the body.
Until your budgie gets older, you won't be able to determine for sure if that is the case in this particular bird.
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Thank you for the responses. I have read most of the stickies on this site.
Anyway, there is definitely something wrong with this bird. I had him out a little longer tonight (just a few minutes), and that gave me more time to see the issue. Here is a picture showing how "he" typically stands.
Here is a picture showing how he was "standing" after the stress of getting that picture.
He is still active, alert, and eating (seeds) very well. I will be sending these pictures to my vet tomorrow to get an idea if he thinks I need to rush him down there or give him a few days to get over some of the stress. I suspect that the best I can hope for is that this is an injury that will heal (he did fall while the breeder was holding him and they clipped his wings). My other thought is wry neck (do budgies get that?). Some chickens that get it do hold their heads like that. In chickens it can be caused by either disease or a vitamin deficiency. He is not good at perching at all.
I'm very sorry that I have no suggestions other than to take him to an avian vet. I can't tell how old he is from these pictures, but if the stripes on his head go down to his cere he's 4 months old or less
Thanks for the responses. And yes, "he" is a super cute little guy.
Unfortunately my vet is out today. He'll be back tomorrow, so I'll talk to him tomorrow morning. I'm honestly suspecting bacterial infection (I, unfortunately, have some experience with that with susceptible chickens who were exposed while incubating). He is still active and eating very well. He was weaned onto seeds, so that is what I'm providing him for right now (my others eat pellets). Although, his poops look good, which kind of reduces the chance of bacterial infection. (He did have green diarrhea the first day.) He's full of spit and vinegar, actually.
I have not contacted the breeder. Not sure there is much point. There seemed to be a little lost in translation (literally). I think it is mostly the mom's thing, who doesn't know a lot of english, so the daughter translates for her. From a financial point of view, he wasn't that expensive. I suppose I could check to find out the diet of the adults. I left with the idea that it was probably seeds. I don't want to say too much, but I got the impression that they like their birds, but haven't really researched them much.
That is really too bad about the breeder.
I really hate it when people who have no idea what they are doing decide they are going to breed their birds. It doesn't bode well for either the adults or the offspring.