So, after many questions - all of which have been answered in detail by people here on this forum!! - I have decided that a budgie is something I need to have in my life.
I contacted a breeder, and I am going to visit and hopefully get a baby on Wednesday. The breeder prefers to keep babies until they are 12 weeks old, to be able to see that they are eating and drinking well and are no longer reliant on their parents. She also spends a lot of time with the birds and says that the majority of them are happy to come and sit on you when you go in.
In this situation (and I will ask the breeder this too), how long should I keep the budgie in the cage for before I attempt to put my hand in, or let it out to fly? I know that in most cases, a couple of days is needed for the budgie to get used to its cage and the new environment, but I was concerned that if it is already used to having some sort of interaction, leaving it alone for a couple of days might be detrimental?
Congratulations on your decision to bring a little budgie into your home and heart!
Since the budgies have daily human interactions, I would spend a lot of time next to his/her cage the first couple of days talking to your budgie and by the third day you should be able to see if it tolerates your hand in the cage and will step up for you.
Congratulations on your decision! I'm happy for you, and always delighted to hear about people who are eager to be as knowledgeable as they can before bringing a companion bird into their lives. Well done, you!
Always listen to Deb, for she is wise. :-) And just remember, even though your new little bird is used to human interaction, everything is going to be entirely new. It's probably still going to be scary at first.
Congratulations! If they are handled as chicks, then your budgie should be ready for some interaction sooner than if bought from a shop, for example. The breeder should also be able to tell you a bit about the personality /or help you pick one that is more sociable.
In my case, Sammy was handled a lot and kept in the breeder's bedroom with her from being fully weaned until he was 2.5 months old. He was already stepping up the day after we brought him home and never really went through a major adjustment period because she handled him so much.
Best of luck
Bethany and Jorge
Mini schnauzer, Watson (July 18, 2009)
Budgie, Sammy (April 13, 2014)
RIP Príncipe Pío
I think the best thing to do would be to a) talk to the breeder and see what she thinks, and then just play it by ear. I am picking my birdie tomorrow evening, so obviously I will just be sitting talking for the evening, with probably no physical interaction. I will then wait and see how the budgie is reacting the next day and try and take cues from its behaviour.
I've been to the pet shop to get some toys/ladders/perches for the cage that is being delivered tomorrow, and when I went to the checkout to buy the stuff, the lady laughed and said "well, your budgie won't be bored!"
Thanks again everyone, it's great to have so many people with experience willing to give advice to newbies!!!