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Old 03-14-2015, 01:57 PM
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I brought home my first budgie, Crusoe, almost 2 months ago. I don't know what I'm doing wrong. He's generally quiet. He just doesn't seem happy. He'll randomly chatter but besides that he just sits. I put my hand near the cage and he just looks at it. I place my hand in the cage and he starts to breath a bit faster, but doesn't move or scream or anything. I try to get him to step up and he just stays put. I talk to him, read to him and nothing. He has one toy that he adores. He plays with it occasionally then sits. I need help letting him know I'm his friend and that everything is okay. What do I do? He is around 1 year old and is an american budgie. He eats and sleeps well.

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He may well be lonely and needs a budgie friend to play with.
I had one little American budgie that did pretty much what you are describing until I bought a second male.

Once quarantine was over and the two were introduced, it was like night and day! Sunny became vocal, playful and much happier!
He and Shelby became best buddies quickly and did everything together. I never tried to tame either one of them -- they got lots of out-of-cage time every day, good food, lots of toys and I allowed them to enjoy one another and "just be birds".

I wouldn't have traded their happiness for anything.

You might want to consider getting another male friend for your little guy. If you do, remember to quarantine the new bird(s) for 4-6 weeks.
Quarantine means housing your new bird in a different cage in a different room as far away as possible from the room your current bird(s) is in for a period of 4-6 weeks.

Budgies mask symptoms when they are ill. Symptoms may not show up for over two weeks. Often you will not even realize your bird is not well. Many budgie illnesses are airborne which is why you need to quarantine your new bird in a completely different room.
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It does sound like you little one is not that interested in human interaction. At a year old it may well have been a lack of human socialisation until he came into your house. This does mean it could take a long while and a lot of patience to get him human friendly.

If you do decide to get a friend for him, there is the risk that they will not get along. While most budgies enjoy having a friend this is not always the case and you need to be ready to accept that this can occur. On a more positive note, if your new budgie was hand tame or at least human friendly this could transfer to your current bird. The quaratine period also gives you time to build this bond with your new bird before introducing the two of them.
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