So I just had purchased an English Budgie about 5 days ago, and the big dude has yet to eat anything, but he acts completely normal. He preens himself, always is chirping and jumping around the cage to try to escape, but I have yet to see any signs of him eating anything. Now, I do have another smaller budgie in the same room but at the opposite side of the bedroom, in which both to seem to be enjoying each others company. Can that possibly be the issue? The chirp together sometimes for hours. Could that be to stressful on him? I did notice tonight that they are starting to preen at the same time, and they do mimic each others chirp, so I would think thats a good sign? Has anybody experienced something like this? Tomorrow I do plan on going to the shop where I had bought him and purchase the food that they had him eating, I probably should have done that from the start. Thanks for taking the time to read this post. I will upload pictures of OBI & VADER soon. Thanks again!
If he has gone five days, he will be eating. Budgies, especially when new, will not eat when a strange human is in the room!
Usually for quarantine purposes the other budgie should be as far away as possible, in the same room the new bird will try and get to him and display unusual behaviours to try and get to him. After quarantine I would put them together as it seems they very much want to be! With time he will become more comfortable eating around you
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Your budgie must be eating or he would not have survived for 5 days.
If you see poop on the cage bottom that tells you he's been eating.
It would be best if you had the two budgies in separate rooms for the quarantine period.
Quarantine means housing your new bird in a different cage in a different room as far away as possible from the room where your current bird(s) are housed for a period of 30-45 days.
Budgies mask symptoms when they are ill. Symptoms may not show up for over two weeks.
Often you will not even realize your bird is not well. Many budgie illnesses are airborne which is why you need to quarantine your new bird in a completely different room.
It is also a good idea to always take a new budgie in to see an Avian Vet for a "well-birdie" check-up. This allows you to develop a good relationship with the vet and the vet can establish a baseline for your bird in case of any future illnesses or injuries.
Jon, you should absolutely follow the advice about quarantine.
As for your English boy, I found that my English girl is a little bit..... *whispers* lazy. When I had her in quarantine, I put the food pots beside her favourite perch because she didn't move around much. She didn't mind venturing over a few perches, but didn't want to go down to where the food pots were supposed to go.
I'm sure your boy will settle in very soon.
Thank you all for the great advice. I actually spoke to the person who sold him to me, and I was unaware of the fact that the little budgie that was sharing the same cage as vader before I had purchased him, had been aong time friend of his. So now, would it be smart to buy the other guy? Or will my big dude be okay in the long run? I will after the querintine period put my budgies together so within a month, but I know the fact hes in a new cage in a new place and not having his best buddy is probably taking a toll on him. Thank again peeps! Really helps! Here are some photos of VADER (super fluffy) and OBI (super handsome)
Also he isn't still showing a lot of signs of eating seeds or millet but I do have pellets out that he may be eating. He still seems very active, and full of energy. Also saw him drinking a good amount of water last night which made me happy. I am also taking him to see a vet on saturday to make sure everything checks out. Hes showing little signs of pooping and theres no white coloration. Just solid green? Thank you. I will upload better pictures soon. Didnt realize till after I needed photobucket or similiar.
I would not get a third budgie, even though Vader and the other budgie were friends.
Three budgies is often harder than two budgies since one budgie inevitably gets left out as "the third wheel". The other budgie will make new friends, since he's in the breeder's aviary and with other birds, and Vader and Obi will be great friends after quarantine
I'm glad Vader is settling in well! I hope the vet visit goes well, too
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Having an odd number of budgies can leave one out, so if you got Vader's friend from the pet shop, then little Obi might end up being left out.
I would leave Vader's old cage mate where he or she is and just concentrate on these two. Soon enough, they'll have one another and I'm sure they'll be friends.