Q. She’s a young bird (unknown of age) But she’s still and quiet and she’s new to my home.When I get close she fluffs up&shakes for a second then goes back to normal. Ever since I’ve gotten( Sunday today is now Wed)she has drinkin a lot of waterbuteats

Wed, Aug 9, 2023

Gorgeous is a 4-month-old budgie who has been exhibiting quiet and still behavior. She occasionally fluffs up and shakes, but quickly returns to normal. She hasn't been drinking much water and stretches one foot when approached. There are minimal feather loss, and I can’t tell If she’s plucking or preening There isn’t a bunch of feathers just 1-2 and some fluff and when we got her Sunday (Today is now Wednesday) she hasn’t really touched her water bowl. She has gone to it and put her beak in for a few seconds but that’s pretty much it. She also lifts up her wings when I approach her but they are tucked

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Based on the information provided, there are a few potential causes for your budgie's symptoms. It's important to note that without a physical examination and further diagnostic tests, it can be challenging to determine the exact cause. However, I can provide you with some possible explanations based on my veterinary knowledge.

1. Stress: Budgies are sensitive birds, and any change in their environment can cause stress. Being in a new home can be overwhelming for them, leading to quiet and still behavior. Fluffing up and shaking can also be signs of stress or discomfort.

2. Illness or infection: It's possible that your budgie may be experiencing an underlying illness or infection. This could explain the increased water consumption and lack of appetite. Illnesses such as respiratory infections or gastrointestinal issues can cause these symptoms. Feather loss can also be a sign of an underlying health problem.

3. Environmental factors: Ensure that your budgie's cage is in a suitable location, away from drafts, direct sunlight, and other potential stressors. An inappropriate environment can contribute to your bird's behavior.

4. Nutritional deficiencies: Budgies require a balanced diet to maintain their health. Inadequate nutrition can lead to various health issues, including changes in behavior and feather quality. Ensure that your budgie is receiving a proper diet consisting of a variety of seeds, pellets, fresh fruits, and vegetables.

Considering the symptoms and the fact that your budgie is a new addition to your home, it would be advisable to monitor her closely for any changes in behavior or worsening of symptoms. Provide a quiet and calm environment, away from any potential stressors. Ensure that she has access to fresh water and a well-balanced diet.

If her symptoms persist or worsen, it would be best to consult with a veterinarian. They will be able to perform a thorough examination, conduct any necessary diagnostic tests, and provide appropriate treatment based on their findings. They may also be able to determine the exact cause of her symptoms and provide specific recommendations for her care.

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