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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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Hey all, I recently bought a budgie, had him for 3 days now. He hasn't really touched his food, or the millet hanging beside his perch spot. I've read up saying they need 2 - 3 days to adjust, and I'd expect to see him eating now but he isn't. He's somewhat used to my hand being in the cage though, and I've offered him some seed from my hand which he hasn't touched, as expected, but when I grab the food dish and bring it next to him, he'll eat it.

I had the food and water dishes on the floor as it was advised that new birds usually eat off of the ground, but I've moved it nearer to his perch in the hopes that he'll eat it since it's close to him now.

Any advice? I'm a first time owner. I've done some reading beforehand, but i'm always looking for new advice from real people.

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Welcome to the forums and the ever exciting world of budgie ownership!

You can place the food dish near his favourite perch where he spends the most time in. Since he has already tried the food on the food dish, he recognizes it as a food source and will eat when he's hungry.

As to the water intake, budgies are particularly sneaky and will usually take a couple quick sips of water when we aren't looking. This is especially true for new budgies still in the process of adjusting to the new home and family.
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Okay, That's good to hear, Thanks!

I've heard him eating a few times now, which is good. I have a sheet over the sides of his cage because i heard that's good for comforting new birds.

Just one more thing, Is it normal for budgies to not eat their millet? Maybe what i've been reading is wrong, but i heard it's a good comfort food but he hasn't really touched it. Which is quite surprising because he'll eat regular seed from his dish if i hold but but not a hanging piece of millet. Seems a tad odd to me.

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This may very well be the first time your budgie sees a spray of millet and for him it's like a foreign object. Once he gets more comfortable and starts to explore his cage, curiosity will most likely win and he will find out what the "strange object" is and starts eating the tasty millet.
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Welcome to talk budgies Alex. Aluz has given you great advice and this forum if packed with great info
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Hi Alex and to Talk Budgies!

aluz has given you very good advice.
By the way, I am unable to see the picture you tried to attach.

You should also be aware that it may take quite a bit longer than "2-3 days" for your budgie to settle in.

It is recommended that you do not try to touch your budgie for two weeks to allow him time to get used to his new environment.

Budgies are often submissive for the first few days simply because they are terrified.

You can cover the top and three sides of the cage to help the budgie feel more secure. Playing music for him when you aren't around will be helpful as well. Budgies perceive no noise as meaning there may be danger.

Taming and Bonding is all about helping your budgie learn to trust you and it takes a great deal of time and patience on your part.
You should never grab your budgie or force him to be touched.
Most budgies once they pass the "baby" stage, do not like to be petted or touched. Bonding means allowing them to choose to be with you.

To bond with your budgie, you need to build his trust in you.
He will have to learn over time that you will not hurt him, grab him and try to force him to allow you to hold him.

To build your budgie’s trust, sit by his cage and read, talk or sing quietly to him for a period of at least 10-15 minutes, 3 or 4 times day. After the 2nd or 3rd day, rest your hand on the outside of the cage when you talk to him so he'll learn that your hand is safe and will not hurt him.

After a week, rest your hand inside the cage when you talk.
Don’t make sudden moves, don’t try to touch him.
Let his get used to the idea that the hand is now in his safe place and not harming him. If he becomes agitated, stop moving your hand and just hold very still until he calms down.

After 2 weeks, begin moving your hand slowly toward your budgie. If he becomes agitated, stop moving your hand and just hold very still until he calms down. When he's comfortable with your hand near him, you can offer him a bit of millet or a few seeds. In a few more days, you can begin your taming and bonding sessions.

Always work at your budgie's pace.
Move slowly and talk reassuringly and calmly to him whenever you interact with him.


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Thank you everyone for giving me this information and advice!
Sorry for the late reply, i've been super busy with college and haven't had time to reply.

He's started to eat from my hand now which is wonderful, and he's been eating regularly also.

I really appreciate everyone's advice because i would honestly have no clue otherwise.

So yeah, thanks everyone. This seems like a lovely community!
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Hi Alex and to the forums!

It's great to see you've decided to join us and we're very happy to have you

I also can't see the picture you posted, but among Deborah's links there's instructions on that, too You've been given great advice on taming and bonding

He's sure to settle in after a few days. It's best to give him a full two weeks to settle in to ensure he's right at home! During this time, you can get him used to your voice, etc. You can play music for him to make him feel more comfortable, as silence means danger to budgies, and you should always leave something on for him when you leave for the same reason.

If after you read all the links provided, you still have questions, feel free to ask as we'd love to help.

I hope to see your little guy soon and I hope to see you around

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