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Hello! A few years ago, my grandma saw a budgie in her garden and she has caught her by throwing a blanket over her. I decided to adopt her and it's been 4 years since then and her behaviour is still the same: she is scared of absolutely everything! she doesn't wan't to get out of her cage although her cage has the doors always open, she doesn't want to take a bath, i can't touch her because she starts panicing a lot and tries to fly away...if i installa new perch in her cage she's not going to that area anymore...like she doesn't trust anyone/anything.She barely does something all the day..she looks in the mirror or she plays with a bell ..she sometimes starts moving her wings very rapidly in the cage, she stretches and...that's it..oh, and she stays puffed up and sleeps...i consider adopting/buying a male budgie for her and somebody told be that i should buy some vitamins for her. I strongly believe that she was dumped and she lost trust in humans(maybe?). What should i do? I think she is more than 5 years old.
PS: It's a female, and i forgot to ask one more thing: she has a dark brown cere. Is that normal? She also sniffs a few times a day.


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Hi there and to the forums!

Budgies are naturally flighty birds and it's normal for them to be scared of new things.

To get her used to her new toys or perches, put it within view of her cage before you put it in for a few days, gradually bringing it closer and closer to her cage. This works well for my girl, who is also very afraid of new things.

As to her behavior, she's acting very reasonably since you've never made an effort to start at the beginning with her and acclimate her to your presence. You shouldn't ever try to grab her or invade her space with your hand, as you've seen, this only stresses her out.

It's very important that you start at square one with her. Pretend she's a brand new budgie and you have just brought her home: the first thing to do is talk to her, without opening the cage, for as long as you can every day until she no longer shies away when you approach the cage. Just talk softly, sing gently, or read her a story. Her getting used to this could take weeks, or longer, but you must build a good foundation of trust. When she is used to it, you can put your hand on the outside of her cage until she's used to that, and then just inside the door, and then to the farthest corner of the cage, etc. Any time she seems uncomfortable, go back a step. Yes, this is tedious and frustrating, but it is truly the only way to build a lasting and meaningful relationship with this little girl. It won't be easy since she's so scared and flighty, but it can be done.

It's wonderful to have you with us and I look forward to meeting your special girl! I'm glad she was able to be rescued

Meanwhile, be sure to read through the forum's many Budgie Articles and "stickies" (threads "stuck" to the top of each subform for easy reference) to ensure you're up to date on all the best practices for budgie care.

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Hi! Star has given you great advice above! About the vitamins, what is her current diet?
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Hi there and to the forums!

Budgies are naturally flighty birds and it's normal for them to be scared of new things.

To get her used to her new toys or perches, put it within view of her cage before you put it in for a few days, gradually bringing it closer and closer to her cage. This works well for my girl, who is also very afraid of new things.

As to her behavior, she's acting very reasonably since you've never made an effort to start at the beginning with her and acclimate her to your presence. You shouldn't ever try to grab her or invade her space with your hand, as you've seen, this only stresses her out.

It's very important that you start at square one with her. Pretend she's a brand new budgie and you have just brought her home: the first thing to do is talk to her, without opening the cage, for as long as you can every day until she no longer shies away when you approach the cage. Just talk softly, sing gently, or read her a story. Her getting used to this could take weeks, or longer, but you must build a good foundation of trust. When she is used to it, you can put your hand on the outside of her cage until she's used to that, and then just inside the door, and then to the farthest corner of the cage, etc. Any time she seems uncomfortable, go back a step. Yes, this is tedious and frustrating, but it is truly the only way to build a lasting and meaningful relationship with this little girl. It won't be easy since she's so scared and flighty, but it can be done.

It's wonderful to have you with us and I look forward to meeting your special girl! I'm glad she was able to be rescued

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Hi! Thanks a lot for your answer! I will definitely try this.
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Hi! Star has given you great advice above! About the vitamins, what is her current diet?
Her diet is a little bit poor..She's only having some seed combination,cuttlebone + she always has in the cage a treat (vitakraft kracker). I bought her some vitamins for the water and for the food. I tried multiple times to give her carrots or boiled eggs but she didn't eaten them.

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I've seen that some people say that it's not recommended to put vitamins in the water because it could get an infection. Is that right? What about vitamins that i put in her food, are those ok? I've posted her diet just above.
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Keep trying to give her veggies they'll try them eventually! You can also try to switch her over to pellets. Vitamins that go in the food are better since they won't react with the water and light as much and will still be beneficial
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