Hi I'm a new budgie owner and I just got my budgie, Donny, 3 days ago.
Until just tonight he has been really quite and timid. He had been sitting in the same spot for the most part facing out towards me. In the last hour or two though he has been sitting with his back to me and then suddenly hes started to climb up the side of the cage and ceiling(on the side away from me), flapping his wings, and giving off a couple loud chirps. Is this behavior normal for a new budgie exploring the cage or am i doing something to scare him and this is him trying to run away/escape. (I have 3 side of the cage covered by the way) He has also been ruffing his feathers a lot.
I'm worried because he is in a temporary cage that is a little to small for him and I don't want him to hurt himself. Could it be he is getting restless?
That's perfectly fine for a budgie new to your home. My first budgie, Skite, behaved just like that. You don't have to worry as long as he's eating and drinking.
It will take about a week for Donny to get used to his surroundings. Is he tame? If not, you can start taming him after about a week. Read all the stickies in the Taming and Bonding section to tame your budgie.
Pls post pics of your Donny!
The fact that Donny's moving about and exploring his cage now means he's becoming more comfortable.
Is Donny in a temporary cage because he's in quarantine or is it because his permanent cage hasn't arrived yet? The bigger the cage you give him the better. While the minimum recommended cage size for one budgie is 18" x 18" x 18"
bigger is always better and I'd ensure you get one at least 30" x 18" x 18" to give him more room.
The spacing between the cage bars should be no more than 1/2".
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