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Old 03-22-2015, 06:38 PM
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I just recently got a new budgie after my last one passed away over 8 years ago. We moved recently into our very own house so I decided it was time again to get a bird. He's been living with me now for about 4 days and he seems to be adjusting well. The only things I've noticed that are odd is that:

(1) he likes sitting at his food dish ALL THE TIME. He's not stuffing his face all the time, just sitting at it, sleeping while I'm on the couch, and just looking around. He does change perches at night when I cover him up. Is this a security thing? I did get him from a pet store so I was thinking making he feels secure knowing that all of this food is only for him? Is this something he'll grow out of? I think he's about 3-4 months old.

(2) He hasn't touched his cuttlebone at all and doesn't seem to like millet. He tosses it out of his food dish... (I know they had cuttlebones and millet sprigs in the cages at the pet store)

(3) And I haven't seen him play with any of is toys at all.

I have handled him a couple of times since I brought him home. He still bites me and runs from my hand and I know this bonding is going to take some time but for everything I've mentioned, any insight would be helpful. It's been so long since I had a bird. Thanks in advance!

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Old 03-22-2015, 06:47 PM
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All of the things you have listed are completely normal for a budgie who was recently separated from its flock and is now kept in a new home, especially as a lone bird.
Baby budgies do tend to sit in their food dish and it's not unusual. He will probably ignore his toys for a while, at least until he is comfortable in the new environment. He is still checking you and his new home out, just to make sure there aren't any dangers.
Cuttlebone-they will eat it when they need it. It's not something they eat every day. Again, he has only been in your house for 4 days, and that's not long at all.
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That sounds perfectly normal for a bird relatively fresh in your house, as Dee said.
Would like to add, some birds never outgrow the sitting in their food dish and throwing out bits... *glares at Harry*.
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No need for worry.

We just got our boy Merlin 2 weeks ago and he still does the same things your bird does. Sits in his food dish, doesn't play with toys. They just need time to adjust. Be patient and work slow, it's a huge change for them.
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Congrats on your new bird! I agree with everyone, everything seems normal. Just give him time. Since he's grown up surrounded by birds, I would talk to him, play music when you aren't in the room for him, etc, so he can feel more integrated into his new "flock".
This might help him settle down a little faster
Good luck, and don't feel frustrated during taming! It's a long process that can take a LOT of patience
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Thank you all for your replies! Like I mentioned, it's been a long time since I had a budgie and I can't remember what it was like when I first brought Samson (my first budgie) home and how she acted/reacted. Thank you all so much for easing my worries! I look forward to posting pics of him later and to become a part of this forum.
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Looking forward to seeing the pics. Clearly you care so much about his well being to come here and ask for insight. It may take a while and maybe it won't. Imagine how tickled you will be when your friend shows you trust.
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Budgies are often submissive for a few days because they're terrified.

He may sit quietly and not move, chirp or sing.

Do not handle or touch him for about 2 weeks.
To build your budgieís 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.
Donít make sudden moves, donít try to touch him.
Let him get used to the idea that the hand is now in his safe place and not harming him.
After 2 weeks, begin moving your hand slowly toward the budgie and begin your taming and bonding sessions.

Don't worry about him not chewing on the cuttlebone. He'll use it when he needs to and that may not be for several weeks. Two of my budgies have been with me for over a year and have only just now started showing interest in their cuttlebone.

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My 2 budgies sit in their food bowl too and they are nearly 6 months old. I will advise though, please check their food bowl every now and then for poo, as if they eat this by accident they can become very ill.
And also, mine have not used their kuttlebone yet neither....
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Thanks to everyone again for all of your kind words and support. Basil is adjusting just fine. Bonding is still taking some time but I understand that. He likes to chirp along to Enrique Iglesias "I Like It," so I know he's adjusting.
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