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    budgie "spitting up"

    hi, my female sunflower who is approximately 1 year old, started to do her regurgitate moves (which is normal when the birds are giving regurgitation gifts to each other), but she is doing it more often, like 5-6 times in the last hour.

    it seems she has something stuck in her throat or something. she's rubbing her head often on the bars, scratching her head a few times, and shaking her head as well, and a few times had some liquid drops fly out of her mouth, looking like spit. one time it landed on her side, so i just gave her a warm bath.

    midway through the last hour, she did try to eat millet with the other birds, but then started the hucking move again, and seems what she ate didn't stay down.

    after the bath, she's sitting quiet, and not doing the regurgitating moves anymore.

    something was bothering her, but now she's sitting still. but not looking puffy. i'm watching her like a hawk now, seeing if it continues to go away.

    has this happened to anyone before?

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    Re: budgie "spitting up"

    When my budgie Peewee was sick, he'd act like he was regurgitating... I don't know why though, I'm asuming he had something in his throught, or something was bothering him. A trip to the vet might not be a bad idea.

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    Re: budgie "spitting up"

    I'll continue watching her progress. She's out of the cage alone, and sitting quietly. Since the bath, there's been no regurgitating movements. Hopefully it means it's going away.

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    Re: budgie "spitting up"

    She could also have something (like a pin feather) caught in her throat.
    See if you can get her to drink some water. Maybe she already did when she got
    her bath. Let us know how she is doing.

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    Re: budgie "spitting up"

    Quote Originally Posted by Lovebirdfan View Post
    She could also have something (like a pin feather) caught in her throat.
    See if you can get her to drink some water. Maybe she already did when she got
    her bath. Let us know how she is doing.
    That's a good point. I noticed pinfeathers making her feathers stand up around her head, and thought it could be involved some how.

    So far, she's stopped doing the regurgitation movements, and has started getting to her usual self.

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    Re: budgie "spitting up"

    So far, she's stopped doing the regurgitation movements, and has started getting to her usual self.
    -- That is encouraging news.
    I hope she continues to improve throughout the night.

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    Re: budgie "spitting up"

    Thanks.

    Sunflower is doing much better now. Seems she recovered well after her bath.
    I'm so relieved, I was sitting next to their cage monitoring her so closely. It's such a tug on the heart to see any of them even remotely sick.

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    Re: budgie "spitting up"

    One of my birds, Pablo, has regurgitating alot of seeds and shaking his head throwing them around. He does not seem sick at all. Is this normal?

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    Re: budgie "spitting up"

    Quote Originally Posted by 4beaks View Post
    One of my birds, Pablo, has regurgitating alot of seeds and shaking his head throwing them around. He does not seem sick at all. Is this normal?
    Welcome to TF Trevor...there is a difference between budgies regurgitating to clear their throat so to speak or to bring up food as a gift for another bird or person they are bonded to, and vomiting. From your description, your Pablo is vomiting and no, that is not normal. Your budgie needs to be seen by an avian vet to diagnose exactly what is going on...

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