We brought Kimchi on the long drive (2 hours each way!) home yesterday from the breeder. We were smitten right away-- at the breeder he was very social, perching on our fingers and clearly interested in people. For about 3/4 of the way home he seemed great too-- he was chattering and moving around and eating and even seemed to want head scritches.... but about 1.5 hours into the drive, his demeanor changed. He became the scared frozen budgie we expected to be bringing home
I was expecting him to be nervous, but I have found the change in his personality was really unsettling. He hasn't really moved from his perch since we moved him into the big cage, and his breathing even seems heavy. I know its natural for him to be scared, but I need a little reassurance-- I'm so convinced something is wrong (I know heavy breathing is a bad sign!) but I'm also afraid to scare him more by taking him to the vet. Here are photos-- the white cage is the carrier, he's on my partner's hand at the breeder's house... and then in his permanent perch ever since. He is scheduled for his first check up in two weeks, as I'd wanted to give him a little settle-in time.
Kimchi is adorable and I'm sure you are happy to have him home.
Even a hand-tamed budgie is going to be scared when it is put into a whole new environment. Kimchi has been taken away from everything he was familiar with and been placed into a new home in a place he's never seen before. (Just think how you would feel - especially with no family or friends to explain what is happening and to assure you that you'll be well-loved and cared for )
Give Kimchi a few days to settle in and become familiar with his new home. Sit by his cage and sing, read or talk to him quietly and reassuringly. He'll soon be chirping, playing and having lots of fun!
He's almost 9 weeks old. Just a little guy! He just finished weaning.
Thank you for all the kind words. He's doing better today-- eating out of my hand-- but seems to struggle getting around his cage. His cage at the breeder was lower and a little smaller. for now I've moved his dishes down low and he seems content to stay toward the bottom. He even ate his first pellets today!
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