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Old 09-05-2017, 05:20 PM
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I have had new budgie Buddy for around 3 days now, he is about 7 weeks old and is very tame; loves sleeping on me and being out of his cage. However, whenever I put him back in his cage he goes crazy and climbs everywhere, screeching and running across the bottom of his cage back and forth. When he goes to sleep and I manage to get him inside, I put his cover on and turn off the light and I can still hear him running. After 15 mins or so I checked up on him quietly and he is clinging to the top right corner of his cage bars sleeping. Is this normal?
Should I just carry on with the routine of me putting him to bed and waiting for him to settle down himself?
His cage is a good size and has toys and a wide range of perches, he just loves being outside and sitting on people to sleep.


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While it's lovely that currently, Buddy has a bond with you as he is young, he lacks a routine.

You need to establish a time that he comes out to spend with you daily and keep him in his cage and leave him there. He runs back and forth to get your attention and to be let out.
Keeping a schedule is very important and sticking to one will help Buddy adjust.
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Additionally, because he is so new to his new cage, he doesn't see it as his home yet, which is why he's not wanting to stay in when you put him back. What you really should do is give him a few days to stay in his cage without being let out so he gets used to being inside, and then take him out at a specific time each day as Therm suggested
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Yeah it's quite hard at the moment as I've got time off work for a couple days and I'm quarantining him, so each day I am spending a lot of time with him and my other budgie who is upstairs, and he hasn't had a day of being alone when I go to work yet. I am hoping that in a few weeks I can introduce him to my other budgie so he won't go so crazy to be alone when there's no one near him!

So do you think tomorrow I should just leave him in his cage without letting him out so he gets used to his home?

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Yes, you should definitely do that. He's going to beg and beg to come out, since it's what he's used to now, but don't give into his begging. Instead, sit near him and talk to him or read/play music/work on the computer so he realises that it's normal for him to stay in his cage sometimes.
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Okay thank you, it's going to be hard because he's so cute but it will be for the best in the long run!!
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He will get used to it eventually and it'll be the kindest thing for when you are back at work.
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Therm and Star exactly right!

Budgies need to have routine and it is important they know how to be inside their cage and entertain themselves.
Single budgies need to learn to play with their toys when they are on their own.

When you give in to your budgie's begging to come out and/or give it attention when it squawks very loudly, you are reinforcing negative behaviors.
Basically, you are allowing the bird to "train" you to do what it wants.

Having established times for your budgie(s) to go to bed, get up in the morning, get fed, have out-of-cage time, play and be held time, etc. is very important.

Best wishes!
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