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Hi everyone. I have a new budgie, bought him 3 days ago, and he is about 4 or 5 months old. He started out seeming really quite tame already, and was comfortable with my hand in his cage, even ate millet from it, and still does. But over the last day he has got more agitated in his cage and has taken to doing constand laps of it, from perch to perch then the floor then to the corner and tries to dig his way out of the corner. And repeats the process over and over again like a madman.

we have tried to be as precise as we can with regards to the settling in process, although the first day we maybe wore him out a bit too much talking to him and putting hand in cage but have backed off since.

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Welcome to talk budgies forum. How big is the cage ? Where did the bird come from and what was he/she housed in there ? Could you post a pic of your bird and cage setup ? The more info you can give, the better chance someone can help/give advice. I have had one budgie, and one tiel act that way the first couple week's I had them....
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Hi Jonah, thanks for the reply. Ok so the cage is 45cm wide, 34 cm deep and 70cm high. i will try and put a picture on tomorrow. Theres 2 perches across the width, 1 high 1 low, plenty of seed and fresh water,millet and apple, a swing, a mirror and 2 dangly toys with bells, and 2 ladders.

I have more to add but was going to let him settle a bit first.

This isnt my first budgie. I started with a female, then got a male. They bred and we had 5 chicks. All the chicks are happy in new homes, as is the father ( he was very hyper and now lives in a massive outdoor aviary).
We now just have the mother ( Bert - 3 years old now) in a seperate cage upstairs for now, and George the new boy downstairs

Also the base of the cage is sand and grit, if that helps
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As I said, one of my budgies, and my tiel acted that way for the first couple week's. The budgie would settle down when I opened the cage door, but not come out. The tiel would settle down and come right out. I think both were used to being around other bird's and not in a cage themselves. They both settled and quit doing it, I am sure your little one will too. It is good he is somewhat tame already and receptive to your company, that will surely help. Does he hear the female upstair's ? If so, he probably want's to get with her...keep us posted, would love to see pics...
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that s good to know thanks. Yea george came from a pet shop where they have large indoor cages with probably 20 budgies in each, 4 cages side by side, and tons of other bird varieties in other cages around the room, so hes used to company. all our budgies cam from there except the chicks that were born at home in the cage he lives in now.

Ha can here the girl upstairs from time to time. They will shout identical chirps to each other at a few times in the day, but i want to hold off introducing them until he is more tame, and maybe saying a few words.

Ill definitelty try and get some pics on, i tried before on this forum but they wouldnt upload.

One thing i hope is that having a boy and a girl kept in seperate cages isnt going to be a problem. I plan to keep the cages side by side eventually and let them both out together at play time. Im worried that if they share a cage they will do what happened last time and bert will end up having more chicks
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Hi and to Talk Budgies!

The behavior you are describing that your budgie has been exhibiting is the type behavior my birds engage in when they want to come out of the cage. The more out of cage time you can offer him, the better.

May I suggest you consider changing the "base" of the cage from sand and grit to just plain white kitchen paper towels or newspaper?
Budgies should not be given sand or grit as they can ingest it and it can easily cause impaction of the crop.
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Caging the two budgies separately and giving them supervised out of cage play-time together should not be a problem.
Many people separate their birds by gender.
Even when you try to "discourage" breeding, the only way to be 100% certain there are no unexpected "surprises" is to keep the genders separate.
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that s good to know thanks. Yea george came from a pet shop where they have large indoor cages with probably 20 budgies in each, 4 cages side by side, and tons of other bird varieties in other cages around the room, so hes used to company. all our budgies cam from there except the chicks that were born at home in the cage he lives in now.

Ha can here the girl upstairs from time to time. They will shout identical chirps to each other at a few times in the day, but i want to hold off introducing them until he is more tame, and maybe saying a few words.

Ill definitelty try and get some pics on, i tried before on this forum but they wouldnt upload.

One thing i hope is that having a boy and a girl kept in seperate cages isnt going to be a problem. I plan to keep the cages side by side eventually and let them both out together at play time. Im worried that if they share a cage they will do what happened last time and bert will end up having more chicks

I agree with Deb on the sand and grit. No doubt he is missing the bird companionship and it is being intensified with the knowledge there is another bird close by. Sound's like you have a great game plan. There are step's you can take to help keep them out of the mating mode, and maybe eventually keep them together if you decide to. Do you have a photobucket account ? That is the best way to post pic's, which as I said, we would love to see....
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Thanks again guys, im thinking either using the newspaper as you said or maybe putting the wire floor grid back down, but never really liked the idea of them in the past.
Also i just been reading the sticky on posting pics through photobucket and will get on it tomorrow, i got some great photos of all our budgies that id love to share.

Ill keep you updated. By the way faery, i had a previous account on here, name was Jjel. You gave me some excellent tips when my budgies were breedng

I wouldve kept that account but i tried to update the password and it wouldnt accept my email address as the valid one so i gave up and started a new account
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Welcome back ! I think your new budgie will settle he is still very new and all is a bit scary for him. Hearing your hen will definitely have him wanting out as well. I agree with the paper on the bottom of the cage much easier for cleaning purposes and budgies don't need grit as mentioned. Looking forward to seeing some pictures soon.
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By the way faery, i had a previous account on here, name was Jjel. You gave me some excellent tips when my budgies were breedng

I wouldve kept that account but i tried to update the password and it wouldnt accept my email address as the valid one so i gave up and started a new account
Thanks for letting me know. I've now merged your old account with your new one for you.
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