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Old 03-14-2018, 05:26 PM
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Hi everyone,
I am new here so i apoligize if this is posted in the wrong spot. I got 2 young budgies last Friday, (so less than a week ago) and at first they both were acting fine. They immediately bonded with each other and are really fun to watch. I believe the blue one is male and white is female. I understand they are still really young and that it may turn out being diff. Anyways, yesterday i noticed the white bird was acting as if something was underneath her wing. She wasnt putting it all the way against her and was sticking it out and grooming under it at times. Then she would act like she was wanting to fly off and have her wings slightly up behind her but not spread out. (Hope that makes sense)she is also at times putting one foot up in her stomach and standing on one foot..... It does look like she can now rest it all the way down but she is still grooming it a lot and really nervous acting. I guess i should also add that when we first got them she was the one that was more tame and calm around me. Now she is really scared of me and will not let me near cage without running to other side. I have got her point and leaving them alone all together hoping she will come around again and not seem to agitated. Do you think she may be injured? Or is this normal nervous bird behaivor? Her wings are clipped and so is the other birds. Thanks in advance for any guidance you may be able to give.

Also, it will not allow me to post a pic for some reason but there is a pic of them for my profile picture.

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Old 03-14-2018, 05:34 PM
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Everything you've written is normal behavior for a budgie that is in a new environment and is stressed.
The wings out and up from the body (heart-wings) is usually an indication the budgie is either too warm or is feeling a degree of stress due to the situation it is in.
Standing on one foot is fine as is preening under the wings.

Did you have these birds examined by an Avian Vet after you got them?
Did you get them from a breeder or from a pet store?

Budgies need a minimum of two weeks to settle into their new home and you should not be trying to touch or tame them at this time. They are often submissive initially because they are terrified.

You can cover the top and three sides of the cage to help them feel more secure. Play music or the TV for them when you are not around during the day.

To bond with your birds, you need to build their trust in you.
They will have to learn over time that you will not hurt them.

To build your birds’ trust, sit by their cage and read, talk or sing quietly to them for a period of at least 10-15 minutes, 3 or 4 times day. After about a week, rest your hand on the outside of the cage when you talk to them so they will learn that your hand is safe and will not hurt them.

After a week of resting your hand on the outside of the cage, rest your hand inside the cage when you talk.
Don’t make sudden moves, don’t try to touch them.
Let their get used to the idea that the hand is now in their safe place and not harming them.

After 2 weeks, begin moving your hand slowly toward your bird. If they become agitated, stop moving your hand and just hold very still until they calm down. When they are comfortable with your hand near them, you can offer them a bit of millet or a few seeds.

Always work at your birds’ pace.
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Hi there and to the forums!

Your budgies are beautiful.

You've been given great advice by FaeryBee regarding your budgies and I agree with her totally.

Be sure to read through the forum's many stickies and articles to ensure that you're up to date on the very best of budgie care practices!
If you have any questions after reading through anything, please be sure to ask as we'd love to help!

Hope to see you and your budgies around the forums.

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You’ve come to the best budgie resource . Please take the time to read the recommended Stickies! There you’ll find answers to the more common questions. If you still have questions after reading, we’re here to help.
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