Ok, so I just got my first budgie today. When we got him home, the way we assumed would be the best method to get him into his cage, was to put his whole box that I brought him home in into the cage, then open it so he can come out when he's ready. We put the box into the cage and opened the box and he just sat there scared. So after maybe 10 minutes we reached through the cage with a plastic chopstick to pull the box open a little more to make sure that he could see it was open...when we opened the box more he came flying out and started flying around his cage like crazy! I was actually scared that he might hurt himself. We figured that leaving him by himself for a while would help him relax, but it's been about 8 hours and he literally hasn't moved a millimeter. I assumed that it would take a little while for him to start really moving around his cage, but is it normal for him to not move at all for that long? I'm worried because I want to be able to change his water in the morning but his water cup is directly behind him, and I don't want to freak him out while trying to get it in or out. We are also trying to figure out how to get his box out without scaring the crap out of him. Any suggestions and advice for how to help him get comfortable here are much appreciated. I apologize for the long post but thank you for reading and for your help!
Welcome to the forum. You have most definitely come to the right place for info and advice.
When we brought Clouds home 4 weeks ago he also played statue for a few days. Giving him lots of space and covering his cage on three sides (as advised here on this forum) helped a lot. So did quiet piano music and playing budgies sounds off YouTube (especially when he was alone in the house).
More helpful advice will come soon from our very experienced members. Don't worry about the bird being scared. That's completely normal (anyone would do in his place).
It's great that you're paying so much attention to him, respecting his needs, and not wanting to rush things through. He'll come right and you'll soon start enjoying each other a lot
Hi there, and congrats on getting your first little budgie. It's perfectly normal for him to be a bit scared just now. He's in a new cage, in a new place. Everything is new. Cover 3 sides of the cage so he'll feel more secure. Some soft music is good, and try to stay near his cage and talk gently to him. Avoid sudden movements, and if you can't take the box out of his cage then leave it there for now.
Did he eat anything yet? Make sure he can find his way to the food. If you have any millet, try to give him that as it'll likely tempt him to move a bit
You'll need to make sure he has water and food. In the beginning it might upset him when you put your hand in the cage to change that, but move slowly and talk to him at the same time. Try to make sure your hand is coming from below, not above.
There's lot of information on the forum about bringing home a new budgie, so I'd suggest you read through some of that information. Best of luck - and we'd love to see a picture of your budgie
Budgies are often submissive for a few days because they're terrified.
He may sit quietly and not move, chirp or sing.
If he sits near the bottom of the cage, you can scatter some seed on the cage floor so he can find food until it learns where his food dish is. Additionally, place a very shallow dish with a little water on the floor of the cage for him.
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.
To familiarize yourself with the forums, please take the time to read through all of the How To Guides, the FAQs and the stickies located at the top of each section of the forum.
You'll find most of your basic questions are answered after you've read through all of them.
I'm looking forward to hearing all about your budgie and hopefully seeing some pictures soon!!
Thanks for all the help! He's actually been moving around a bit today. I live with a couple dancers and one of them has been playing music and practicing a routine, and he's been really interested in watching him dance. I tried to get a picture for you guys, this morning. I'll keep you updated on the progress.
Hi there and welcome to TB!
It's great that you've decided to get a little budgie.
What a beautiful bird!! What's his/her name?
I'm glad he's showing some interest in something, budgies do love music. Deb, Dorte, and Dee have given great advice concerning new budgies and I can only give my full support to all they have said, as I would have said the same things
As long as you remember to go at his pace, I'm sure he will be fine soon! It's normal for him to be terrified, don't worry.
It's wonderful to see you on the forums and I hope to see more of you and your gorgeous little one soon! Feel free to ask about anything you're unsure of
and Princess Mallorn!
Thank you to Deb for her wonderful Faery magic
I spent a lot of time sitting next to his cage and talking to him today and he already seems a lot better than he was. I played the ukulele for him, played tracks of other parakeets, and played music for him; he seemed to like taylor swift the best! He also let out the softest little chirp when he was listening to the other bird noises. He still, obviously, isn't overly active but he's been exploring his cage and even got on his swing! I think he was also eating his millet because I saw a bunch of it on the floor of the cage, so I'm glad to know that he's eating. His name is Peety!
Hi and welcome to TB, it sounds as though you are doing exceptional in regard to looking after Peety's needs. As you have been given great advice regarding a new budgie's arrival in your home I will simply say " Hello and enjoy finding your way around the forums".
Well Peety is a really beautiful budgie He seems to be making amazing progress.
Well done for spending the time with him. I too have found that the more time I spent with Clouds, the quicker he relaxed and progressed around not just me but the whole family. A lot of the time it's just me working at my desk and him staying close. At this stage it's still the best for him as he continues settling and needs to discover things at his own pace and on his own terms. Having said that, he's becoming increasingly curious of us and what we do, as well as much more responsive when we talk and engage him.
It sounds like you're doing all the right things. It's lovely to read about your progress and being able to relate so closely to your experience. Please keep sharing!
Hiya, I'm very new to this site and I'm not sure how to exactly start a new post, but I was wondering, about a month ago, I purchased 7 budgies and I really want to tame them. They are all in one big cage, however, I am not sure how to tame them individually.