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Old 06-14-2017, 10:17 AM
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My family just got a pet budgie a few days ago but he has been giving me kind of mixed signals. When I come close to him I notice his tail bobs up and down and I worry if its a respiratory problem like I've heard of, but then he chirps and grinds his beak like normal. I cant tell if he does it when I'm not near because its hard to tell what motions the tail is making but I read chirping and beak grinding means they are happy and healthy. He is also preening his feathers a lot which I asume means content as well but maybe I'm wrong, any help?

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A budgie's tail bob's when the breath in and out. A pronounced tail bob is when they are sick.

When you are going over to him and noticing the tail bobbing, it's simply because he is breathing faster or harder because he is afraid.

The *very* best thing you can do with your new budgie is back off a little and start reading through some of the forum stickies.

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Hi there and to Talk Budgies!

It's great to have you here with us; you couldn't have come to a better place to learn even more about these beautiful birds!

It sounds like your little one is settling in just fine, since he's already chirping, beak grinding, preening, etc. However, he's still not used to you, which is perfectly normal given that he's only been with you a few days. Be sure to spend lots of time in the same room with him, doing a quiet activity like spending time on the computer, reading, or just sitting near him and talking to him. Also, you should leave calming music on in the room when you're not there, as total silence means danger to budgies.

Be sure not to try and touch him or put your hand in the cage for at least two weeks while he settles in. After he is more comfortable with you and his surroundings, (after the two weeks), you can slowly begin introducing him to your hand, by placing it in the cage as far away from him as possible, slowly moving it closer over the course of several weeks.

Additionally, be sure to look through the forum's many Budgie Articles and "stickies" (threads "stuck" to the top of each subform for easy reference) to stay up to date on all the best practices for caring for budgies. If you have any questions after reading through anything, be sure to ask as we'd love to help!

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Therm and Star have given you excellent advice.

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