Feeling a bit incompetent :(
Hi guys. I've posted here before, but it's been a while.
I, uhh, have made a lot of progress with my budgies these last 2 weeks.
For one, they're eating something other than seeds. Now they eat corn and lettuce. I've tried feeding them other veggies and fruits, but no luck so far. They're REALLY picky eaters. With time, right? :)
They're healthy! I check the poop every day. Everything looks good. And they're active - always playing with one another. Their nails need trimming though. (Should I take them to a vet or would Petco be okay?)
I'm worried they're not getting much sleep, however. There's not a single quiet place in my house. I put them to sleep in the living room and cover their cage. Unfortunately, my brother and father are always passing through there. Me too sometimes. And I know that wakes them up. :(
Anyway, you're probably wondering about the title. There are a few things that are bothering me.
1. Every time I put them in their usual spot in the living room, they squawk up a storm and won't stop until I bring them back in the room. It drives everyone nuts. They always have to be near me, which does not bother me but I also want them to get used to everyone else in the house. :(
2. In one more week - it will be one month since I've brought Starly and Shell into our family; however, they're still afraid of me. :/ Every time I put my hand in the cage, slowly, of course, to put in their food, they get scared and fly around. I've read the thread "Yes your bird is scared!" many times over, doing everything suggested, but no progress. Patience is key! Yeah...but I don't know...I feel like maybe I'm doing something wrong.
Thanks for reading. Next time I'll post pictures. :budgie:
You are not incompetent in the least -- you are simply experiencing the feelings every person goes through when they are adjusting to having budgies for the first time. :hug:
Everything you've described your budgies as doing is perfectly normal budgie behavior.
The first step in training and bonding is to establish trust and that does simply take time and patience.
When you give in to your budgies screaming you are giving them positive reinforcement for their behavior. :wow:
In essence, they are training YOU to respond to their screaming by giving them what they want. ;)
Have your budgies had a well-birdie checkup with thei Avian Vet yet? If not, I'd take them in and s/he can determine if their nails need to be trimmed at that time. Additionally, s/he will be able to establish a baseline for your budgies' health in case there are any medical issues or emergencies that must be dealt with in the future.
I'll be looking forward to seeing pictures of your little ones!
I agree with everything Deb posted to you. Very common happening's you are experiencing, and no incompetence on your part. Sponge in as much knowledge as you can out of our sticky's at the top of each section here, and most of all...enjoy your budgies...:)
You are experiencing very common and perfectly normal behaviours.
Your birds want to be around you , so you have definitely done the right thing.
Taking time as you yourself said, is the way to go patience and trust are the winning formula.
When you sit near the cage talking to them ,gently place your hand next to the cage to start with. work up to having your hand inside the cage with them not being bothered by his. It will take time but keep on being interactive and spend as much time as possible so they do learn to trust you.
I agree with everything said so far, just don't give up! You're doing great ;)
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