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Diet and Nutrition Discuss issues related to diet and learn about encouraging your budgie to a variety of healthy foods

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Old 08-10-2015, 10:02 AM
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I got a budgie about a week ago and I haven't seen him use/eat the cuttlebone at all. I've tried putting it next to his favorite perch and next to his food dish with no luck. I also haven't seen him drinking but he has been eating plenty so I assumed he was drinking as well. Is there a way I can tell whether or not he has actually been drinking without staring at him. He's still adjusting and I don't want to scare him or make him uncomfortable by constantly watching him. I know he hasn't used the cuttlebone because there's no markings/scrapes or anything on it to show that he has and I haven't seen him go to it. I have seen him go to the food many times so I know he is eating well.


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Old 08-10-2015, 10:11 AM
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Hi and welcome to TB! Your little one is a cutie! I'm sure he/she drank some water. I guess when budgies are in their new environment they prefer to eat and to drink without being watched because it makes them feel more safe. I also think the bird needs to get used to the cuttlebone and will try it when it feels the need to do so.
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Please be patient and let your little one adjust. Very recently he was part of a budgie family and then he was shipped off to a store, so all of his safety structure is lost, It takes time for all of us to feel safe in a new environment.
We offer multiple calcium/mineral sources including cuttle bone / brown salt mineral wheel with iodine , Manu roses, mineral clay powder to be sprinkled on food or given in a separate cup. This provides not only mineral support but ,
foraging stations, and a resource to chew when anxious and needing to express.
Watch, enjoy, and give his little world a chance to reassemble all of the pieces.
That are strange and a little threatening . Blessings, Jo Ann
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Budgies sometimes don't use their cuttlebone for several weeks or even months and then will suddenly decide they like it so don't worry about whether he uses it or not.

Budgies don't drink much and often will take a little water when you aren't looking or aren't around.

Jo Ann has given you very good advice about giving your little fellow time to acclimate to his new surroundings.
Take the time to read through the stickies and do some research in the forums. You'll find the information will put your mind at ease about most of the basics.
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I agree completely It's important to always offer them a source of calcium, although them may not necessarily use it until they need it.
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Everyone already said what I was going to. But Hi, and welcome. I haven't been here to long but have learned a ton from the wonderful people here (and I wasn't new to the bird world either) I hope you find this forum as cozy as I do and know you're in good hands and company of those who care.

So relax and enjoy your new friend and let him/her settle in and surprise you with each small step in trusting you and adjusting to the new home.
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Is your bird a boy or a girl? Do you have photos of the cere taken in natural light?
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Is your bird a boy or a girl? Do you have photos of the cere taken in natural light?
I asked on here before since sometimes it looks more pink and other times it looks more blue and I was told he looks like a boy so that's what I'm going with. (These pictures were taken when I first got him though. I don't want to scare him or bother him so I don't want to stand in front of him too long trying to zoom in and I don't want to get too close.)
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Yes, he is a very handsome male!
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I think it's a boy! He is so cute and adorable!
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