I've changed the title of your thread and made it to an on-going picture thread. When you have additional pictures to share, simply post them in this thread. That way, all the pictures will be in one place and we can enjoy watching Flint's progress as he grows up.
Sorry for the lateness! tuesday marked 1 month since i got little flint, happened to also be my younger brother's 20th birthday, so i didnt have time to post until now.
heres an update with little flint! he steps up on the stick now every time i say "flint, up". and will occasionally step on my finger out of the cage if already on the stick.
He seems to refuse to use his bath, only dipping his tail in it occasionally.
I've also had to make use of a weird food tray as he was just picking his favourites out of the old one that had a much deeper dish. this repurposed water bowl without the tube has served enough to get him to finally eat his pellets aswell as seed. still no progress on any greens yet as he seems terrified of basically every non-millet foodstuff i present him
He's darling, you have made great progress in a month. Give him time with the bath, with my birds I find that if I move the water with my finger that will entice some of them to check it out and once one does they all get interested. They like the sound of the swishing water.
Love the new picture of Flint -- he is a real cutie!
Flint is doing GREAT for having been with you for only a month!!
Some budgies enjoy bathing and others don't.
There are various things you can try. You may also find he will ignore the bath for a long time and then suddenly will decide to try it and will like it!
I'd suggest you either put a shallow bowl with water in or on top the cage or get a Lix-it Bath to attach to the cage and provide him the option of bathing every few days.
You can also try placing a few fresh basil leaves or some lettuce leaves in the water. That may interest him in the bath.
Some budgies love to rub against or roll on wet leaves.
You can hang wet romaine lettuce or kale leaves in the cage or place them in a shallow dish in or on the cage to see if Flint likes them.
Some budgies enjoy being very lightly misted with room temperature water.
Do NOT squirt the water directly on the budgie.
Aim it up into the air and let the water mist settle down over the budgie gently.
You should be able to easily tell if he likes it or doesn't want any part of it.
Some budgies do enjoy playing under a light trickle of water in the sink.
Other budgies simply don't enjoy bathing which is fine as all budgies are cleaning and oiling their feathers when they preen.
If your budgie is shaking his head, tail and feet after heís been in the water, thatís quite normal. Itís like a dog shaking after it gets wet.
It can take several weeks (or even months) for budgies to decide to try a new food.
Fruit is high in sugar content so vegetables are actually healthier for your budgies with fruits given only occasionally (once or twice a week)
You will find many different tips with regard to presenting vegetables and encouraging your budgies to try new foods in the Diet and Nutrition section of the forum.
i plan to post a few new pictures every couple of weeks. as for now an update with flint
i made a little playground for him out of some perches and a mirror. he seems to be enjoying it alot
Yesterday while on my finger he started puffing up and standing on 1 leg. and singing/chattering. which i think is a sign hes starting to trust me i assume?
i tried swishing around the bath and he did stand in it for a bit. but baby steps!
he seems to have no interest in non-seed foods, he throws his pellet out of his bowl, he ignores any fruit or veg i strap on the side of the cage. he runs away when i try to hand feed him any. but i assume eventually he'll start eating them
and lastly as for health stuff. this morning when he relieved himself, it was only urate and a bit of urine. no poop at all. i noticed last night he was standing really awkwardly on his perch to eat. so i re-arranged things and he seems to have a much easier time eating and drinking now. he drank a bunch of water at once, and then took a more normal but wet looking poop. which i assume was because he drank a bunch right before.
i feel like im overly concerned about his health since every small thing worries me very much. but im assuming with him being mostly active and singing alot of the time, hes probably alright
Little Flint is so cute! I am a tiny bit jealous of all the progress you have made with Flint in such a short time. It does indeed mean that he his happy and content if he stands on one foot and tucks his other one up in his feathers.
It is understandable to be worried about your bird. It sounds like Flint his fine, that his watery poop was because of drinking a lot before eating. It is good that you are paying attention though. That way when something is not normal for him, you will know.
Do be careful about letting Flint spend too much time with mirrors. They can make a bird obsessed with its image and act out in unhealthy ways. While it is nearly impossible to remove or cover every reflective surface, it is a good idea to not have mirrors handy for your bird to play with. I ended up covering the mirror in my living room when my budgie was out of the cage so that she did not spend large amounts of time looking at herself in it.
Hey again everyone! sorry for the long silence, flints been going through his first moult, hes got a bit of blue starting to come through on his cere now. took him for a vet checkup and he seems perfectly healthy. as someone who always knew birds were smart, but never to the extent i knew, im surprised at how intelligent he is! he has certain things he does to communicate with me now, he taps his beak on the door if he wants out of the cage, he paces around his food bowl if it needs refilling, etc.
one of the most heartmelting things now is every night when i put him to bed, he tilts his head to the side for me to scratch his cheek.
he keeps trying to groom my hair, he keeps hanging upside down on the fire alarm. hes very playful. very explorative. i have had him for 3 months now and he genuinely feels like part of the family!
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