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Hello everyone. I'm new to talkbudgies. I feel quite lucky to have found this forum since I need all the help I can get with these two.

So, I bought my budgies at a flea market. One is male (Starly). The other is female (Shell). I bought them on Sunday.

Before I ask my questions, forgive me if I'm posting this in the wrong section. The forums are somewhat overwhelming for me....

OK, so my questions are:

1. My budgies have the habit of closing their eyes during the daytime. They leave them closed for a few seconds, then open them again. It's like they're sleepy and keep taking power naps. Is this normal? Do you think they might not be sleeping well at night?

2. When I took my budgies outside today for a little sun...they seemed OK at first, but then the female started squawking loud and started flying inside the cage like a crazy birdie. After I took them back inside and placed their cage on the same spot as always, she calmed down. Was she afraid of being outside?

3. When it's time to clean the cage thoroughly, I'll have to let them out of their cage. I know the precautions I must take before letting them out (bird-proofing the room), but what worries me most is that I won't be able to get them back in the cage without having to struggle. How would I go about getting them back inside their cage?

4. How often should I take them to a vet? I've read that once a year is fine but I'd like more opinions on this.

5. The female sometimes squawks really loud and flaps her wings really fast. What does that mean? And why doesn't the male male do this?

6. Why do the two of them chew when there's nothing in their mouths? I can hear something crunchy.

Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions.

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Old 05-26-2015, 05:47 PM
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1. Your budgies are new and are still getting used to their new environment. It's hard to know exactly why they are closing their eyes. My budgies get a good 10 hours of sleep per night and they still usually take a nap in the afternoons.

2. Again, your budgies are trying to adjust to a new environment.
Taking them outside for sun is a great idea but I'd give them a couple of weeks to settle in and become used to you first.
The female may have heard other birds outdoors and was calling to them and trying to get out of the cage which is why she was flying frantically about.
Your budgies don't know they can't survive out in the wild so it's up to you to ensure you look out for their well-being.

3. You can wipe down the inside of the cage using white vinegar without letting the budgies out until they've become more accustomed to their surroundings. Simply move slowly and speak reassuringly to them the entire time you have your hand in their cage.

Two of my budgies are not hand tamed yet they know to go back into their cage when it's time. I worked with them by standing next to their cage, ringing the bell on one of their toys and telling them, "It's time to go back in your cage now". Generally within about 5 minutes they were both back inside.
I wouldn't let them out of the cage for at least two weeks. Take that time to sit next to their cage and read, sing and talk to them for periods of 10-15 minutes 3 or 4 times a day to help them learn to trust you.
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 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.

4. An annual check up by an Avian Vet is usually sufficient especially if your budgies are being fed a good healthy diet. The vet will tell you if s/he thinks it will be necessary to see them more often.

5. Your female is exercising her wings when she flaps them very fast. Some budgies like to do this while others don't seem to as often or at all. It really has nothing to do with the gender of the budgie.

EDIT: I see I missed #6. Thanks to Star for catching my oversight and doing a great job of answering that one!

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Hi there and welcome to the forums!

The "crunchy" sound you hear sometimes is actually nonexistent--budgies do a thing called "beak grinding" when they're content, and although it sounds like they're constantly cracking seeds, they're actually expressing their happiness and they are relaxed, comfortable and feel safe. Nothing to worry about
It's great to have you with us and other than that, I can't really add to what FaeryBee said, I agree completely.
I'm looking forward to seeing some pictures of Starly and Shell! Keep up the good work and feel free to ask any other questions you may have after reading through all the links provided.

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Hi and ...great information here and lovely folk to offer help/advice...looking forward to seeing photos of your budgies
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Hi and welcome to TB, As FaeryBee suggested read through the information there are loads of great idea's and tips from our members which we know are a great resource to newbies.
Budgies do need their sleep, they do not have good night vision so they tend to sleep when it starts to become dusk.
Do you cover the cage at night? we recommend covering the cage on three sides during the day and completely cover it at night some provide a small night light in case of night frights that can sometimes happen.
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Thank you everyone for the warm welcome and great advice. You've all put my mind at ease with your informative replies.

So far so good...I still have issues getting them to sleep at night. I guess they're still not comfortable with their new home, but we'll get there. The female does not like it when I cover up the cage completely, so I leave the front uncovered and a night light on so she won't freak out. And much like my nephews, it's impossible to get them to eat veggies and fruits. lol

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