Hey guys. First time bird mom here. Yesterday, my fiance bought me a pair of budgies because they knew I've been wanting a couple to care for. As we have never raised birds before, I'm pretty sure we made an absolute pig's ear of it. We got two birds and a cage setup. We built the cage and put the toys in and then it came time to move our lovely birdos from the pet carrier to their new home. I'm sure you can imagine what happened. We opened the carrier and tried to delicately coax the birds into the cage. They had other plans in mind. And soon, we had two fugitive birds at large in my room. We managed to eventually gingerly move our birds into the cage but the poor dears were obviously terrified. They refused to vocalize or to move from the perches where we set them.
I put a towel over their cage so they could be alone and calm down and I went to bed. This morning, I took the towel off and they were still firmly fixed where they had been the night before. Not a peep out of them either. I was so scared we had traumatized the poor things, creeping around the room trying to get them into the cage. I went online and looked around for a solution and I found a suggestion to play some bird song for them. My computer is set up next to their cage so I just found a video of parakeet song on Youtube and started it playing. It's now about two hours later. Both my new friends have been loudly talking back to the birds in the video. They seem much more relaxed and have started moving around the cage, getting to know each other, and even investigating one of the toys.
My question is, should I still be worried? Since they seem to have responded so positively to the sounds of other parakeets, I intend to leave the video playing on repeat when I go to work tonight. But since I'm pretty sure I scared them really badly, are there any warning signs to look out for that they might not be over the encounter? I know you have to spend time earning a bird's trust before they like to be held but we didn't have much other choice for getting them in their cage so I'm worried I may have traumatized the little dears against me. Will my birdos be okay?
Even birds, although small birds such as budgies, are usually very forgiving, but it takes time. Depending on the age of the birds and their own personalities, given time and patience they will adjust. Rather than playing budgie sounds, just spending quiet time close to them just talking, reading, or singing or when you're not around playing a radio or TV. Total silence actually a negative thing in that they are most comfortable when there is lots of background noise. You should really not try to tame them, yet
hands stay out of the cage, for the time being. Just keep your movements slow when around them.u Talk Budgies web has a large amount of great information in their "stickies" on just about anything related to budgies. Your budgies will be fine.
Your budgies will be fine after they've had time to settle into their new environment.
Please do not play budgie sounds for them, however.
That is simply going to confuse them as they are going to wonder where the other birds are.
How large is the cage you bought for them?
The very minimum size cage recommended for two budgies is 30" Long x 18" Wide by 18" High
Volume = 9,720" cubic inches
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.
Move slowly and talk reassuringly and calmly to their whenever you interact with them.
Use natural wood perches of varying diameters rather than wooden dowel type perches or plastic perches in order to help prevent pressure sores.
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