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Old 01-08-2017, 03:02 PM
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So just the other day I switched cages on my new Parakeet. I've only had her for just about 2 weeks now so she's far from tame and still doesn't trust me much. I didn't force her in the new one, I just put her food and millet in the new one and let her go in on her own. The whole reason I switched cages on her however is because she kept escaping the old one! The bars were too wide and she slipped out every day I was at work. Ever since she's been in the new cage she has been MAD ANGRY. She's screeching, biting, and throwing her food EVERYWHERE. She keeps going over to the bars and biting and trying to open the doors. I've had to put clips on the food and water doors so she doesn't open them otherwise she can.

What do I do? Just let her have this temper tantrum for a few days or is it something more? Was I wrong to switch her so soon? I just didn't like her constantly getting out right now since she's not tame and home alone I was afraid she'd hurt herself.

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Old 01-08-2017, 03:35 PM
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Welcome to the forums!

You did very well in getting your budgie a safe cage where she is unable to escape from. It's not recommended for budgies (and other pet birds) to be left out of the cage without supervision and especially on a room that hasn't yet been bird proofed
You can help her to better settle in by covering the cage on 3 sides (leaving the front part uncovered). Having some soothing music on low volume can also decrease the stress levels and general anxiety.
It will take a while for her to adjust to the new cage and routine, especially since she was able to escape from the cage when she wanted to, even when unsupervised.
Ideally, it would be best to work on forming a trusting bond with your budgie and having her at least finger tamed in order to make the out of cage time more manageable (for taking her out and placing her back in the cage when needed).

I hope your budgie calms down soon.
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I agree with Aluz that switching to a secure cage was the right thing to do, even if you're budgie isn't happy about it. You're going to have to start from the beginning with some trust building and taming. I recommend following the approach in this article. Once he trusts you a bit and will "step-up" you'll be able to safely let him out of his cage for some play time every day. Eventually he'll forgive you once he gets a little of his freedom back
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Two weeks is very little time and your budgie has not yet settled into her new environment. Throwing food all over is a normal behavior for a young budgie and does not at all mean that she's angry.

She will calm down in a few days.
In the meantime, To build your budgieís trust, sit by her cage and read, talk or sing quietly to her for a period of at least 10-15 minutes, 3 or 4 times day. After the 2nd or 3rd day, rest your hand on the outside of the cage when you talk to her so he'll learn that your hand is safe and will not hurt her.

After a week, rest your hand inside the cage when you talk.
Donít make sudden moves, donít try to touch her.
Let her get used to the idea that the hand is now in her safe place and not harming her.

After 2 weeks, begin moving your hand slowly toward your budgie. If she becomes agitated, stop moving your hand and just hold very still until she calms down. When she's comfortable with your hand near her, you can offer her a bit of millet or a few seeds. In a few more days, you can begin your taming and bonding sessions.

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Hi there and to the forums!

You've been given excellent advice. As your budgie settles down into her new home and environment, she will calm down. Soft background music is definitely a good idea!

Be sure to read through the links provided to ensure you're up to date on the very best of budgie care practices! If you have any questions afterwards, don't hesitate to ask as we'd love to help.

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