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Hello, we have two parakeets. One is about 7 while the other is 5 months old. We took the older one a few months ago because we were concerned about her tail bobbing, but the vet did not detect any illnesses or infections. The vet proscribed her antibiotics and anti inflammatory in just case. Our baby parakeet’s tail began bobbing a month and a half a go. Both of them are very active, eat well and don’t show signs of illness. We don’t use cleaning products or Teflon cookware. Could tailbobbing ever be normal? Or what else could cause it? Thank you!

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Tail bobbing is perfectly normal, as long as it's not severe. While perched, a budgie will use it's tail for balance, which can look worrisome to a new owner.

Are you able to post a video of it? We can have a look and determine if it's normal or not.
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I second Michelle’s post. A slight tail bob at times is normal. Especially when everything else seems fine.

I wish vets wouldn’t give antibiotics when they’re essentially just guessing. Did you give the meds anyway, or not?
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Was the vet you saw an Avian Vet or a regular vet?
Using antibiotics when you are not sure if the budgie has a bacterial infection is not something we recommend.

Antibiotics are not always the answer

When a budgie has extensive tail bobbing - it is over a wide arc - not just a tiny bob which is normal.

Take a look at this video to see what tail bobbing looks like when a bird is actually ill:

Budgie with Respiratory Noise & Tail Bob #1 200910 - YouTube

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