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Old 01-05-2017, 06:14 PM
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So yesterday I gave Tundra our 4 month old a new cage. Since getting in that cage he hasn't eaten really at all. I can see he just 1/8 tsp of seeds maybe if that and possibly some millet.

Our older guy Tiki never got scared of cage transitions. He switched two or three times in 2 years without skipping a beat

Anyone else have a little one that is nervous like that when you switched cages?

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Old 01-05-2017, 06:39 PM
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Some budgies have a more difficult time with any changes to their environment than others.
Treat him exactly as you would a new bird who you just brought home.
Cover the cage, top and three sides to make him feel more secure and play some music for him.

In the future, should you decide to introduce new toys or whatever, place them near the cage where he can see them for a few days before placing them in the cage.
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I'll do that. Thanks so much~!

So cute how they are all so different. And he was my brave boy usually. Never scared of new toys. Go figure
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It's always best to do a slow transition. If your budgie was placed in the new cage rather than being left to explore it on their own, it will be a huge thing.
Deb has offered you great advice.
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Quick question. For our newest yellow budgie (still deciding on a name) that we got on Wed, I would love to get her into a better cage.

When is the best time to do this? Should I wait until she is more settled and then introduce? Although this will understandably unsettle her all over again

Or introduce now while she still isn't 100% used to first cage?

I would do gradually like you guys said. Have new cage next to her. She is not at the stage where she can come out and play or explore new cage yet.

My instincts would say wait until she's been settled for a while and eating well then change her over? But when I did that with Tundra recently it's been like the first week I brought him home all over again.

Would love advice on timing here
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There is no set answer to your question. Some budgies are very shy and reserved initially and others are more willing to "explore". Only you can judge the personality of the budgie under your care. You can try the method below and see if it will work for her at this point in time. If so, I'd go ahead and transfer her to the new cage sooner rather than later.

Moving a budgie from one cage to another can generally be accomplished fairly easily.

Put the two cages side by side for a day or so.
Then, remove all the food and water dishes, toys and all perches but one from the old cage and have the new cage set up the way you want it.

Put the openings of the doors of the two cages together.

Usually, the budgie will move over into the new cage on its own within an hour or so in order to access its food and water.
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Ok. That sounds great. I'll do this. Thanks a lot
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As for Tundra he's slowly warming up. He bounces all around but is a little hesitant of the bottom of his cage. So I've put his bowls higher but he's been a little stubborn over this. Baby steps!
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