I am new to this board. After going to Petco to pick up food for my cat, I ended up arriving after the staff had set up a habitat for two bonded budgies that were just dumped at the door for no known reason. The man told the staff he could no longer keep them and turned the other way and walked out. I am thinking the budgies are one male and one female but, I believe they are young and it is hard to tell still. They still have the stripes on their heads and from what I can tell, no iris yet.
Both budgies are obviously timid from being tossed from place to place. The one I believe has a tiny (and I mean tiny) tail bob that is hardly noticeable. She does not have it constantly, and it speeds up if I startle her by accident. (I've been trying very hard to help her adjust, she even stepped on my arm by herself once but did not stay long.) The female also seems to have lost a couple feathers from the stress, but not a significant amount.
They've been home for about exactly 24 hours now. They seem to be settling in and getting more comfortable. They love to "talk" back to me when I talk to them. They play with their toys and perches, I've seen them eat multiple times and drink once, and are in a different spot every time I walk in. They were also grinding their beaks before bedtime almost in sync which after reading seems to be a sign of content. She does not have any weird noises like wheezing or seem to be struggling.
Should I worry about the tiny movements of her tail? It is nothing large or even close like the videos of tail bobbing on Youtube.
I actually work at a Veterinary Teaching Hospital and talked to a vet today and showed him a video, he did not think it was a problem and said she probably just needs to settle in. And it has slowed down since I took that video, which was about 12 hours ago.
I guess I'm just looking for reassurance as these are my first birds and I want them to have a better life.