So Mink was a hand fed baby. She quickly started to become accustomed to her quarantine cage and started eating, then very soon settled in and started to step right up like a tame bird and even let me pet her some
Fast forward... She is 11 weeks old now, and has been in her new double flight cage with Twigs (divider in the middle) for a little while. Although it's a spacious and nicer cage than before, both of them are still pretty stressed out from the move, different cage AND different room.
One thing that has happened since the move... Mink has reverted to being WILD again!
I am so disappointed, and even with trying to handle her several times per day, having her out with us and away from the cage, she just won't tame down again, and just acts nervous now and calls back and forth with Twigs. It's even hard to get her out of the cage, and I hate to chase her. They clipped her wings at the bird store, and they're way too short
. She can still run away fast!
Any insight into this? Could she be learning wild behavior by watching Twigs?
Are the girls typically less friendly and more likely to go wild than the boys? I'd really hate to lose her tameness. I wanted a hand fed English budgie for that reason!