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Old 06-17-2015, 02:34 PM
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Hey! Brand new forum member here. I've been on the site before, but have never made an account. I now have an occasion - I have a budgie who never participates in flock activities, and who never leaves the cage.

I have a small flock of 4 budgies - 1 male, 1 female, and the other two are undetermined (although I think they're male and female as well.) All of them are free flighted and have full reign over my room 24/7. None of them are hand-tame. I have 2 playgyms and two giant applewood branches I carved for them on the top of their cage, among other toys. I can give a picture:


The cage on the right (the black one) is my cockatiel's cage. The one on the left is theirs. It's about 31W x 22D x 59H.

3 of my budgies (Uriel, Muse, and Apollo) will fly around all day nonstop screaming and warbling - flying back and forth from the curtain to a playgym, etc. They're in constant motion. My one budgie, Cupid, however - never does anything at all. I've had (her?) for about 3 months now. I got my latest budgie, Apollo, after I got Cupid, so Cupid's not a stranger to my flock - if anything, she should have integrated well before Apollo did.

She eats normally, will sometimes play in the birdbath and nibble at the toys they have, but she hardly ever leaves the cage, and absolutely never flies. She seems like a loner in comparison to the other three, who will take off at the same time and sing to each other. Initially, she was very friendly to my pair and would follow them around, but gave up after my one female kept rejecting her advances. Now she will receive a friendly chirp and head bob from the others occasionally, but she has stopped following them around and never takes their invitations to play.

I should also mention that her name is Cupid because she has a heart murmur. I'm hoping her condition isn't affecting her ability to play like the others? Also, all of my budgies are between 7 months - 3 yrs. Cupid is about 1 1/2.

Is there anything I can do to help relieve her loner status, or at least have her get some exercise? I've been considering adding a final pair to my flock, I wonder if that would help or hinder? I would love for her to get some fly time, but everytime I shoo her out of the cage, she runs right back. Because she has a heart condition, I'm worried that not enough exercise will be bad for her? Or maybe she shouldn't be active because of it?

Here's a picture of Cupid: (sorry if the picture is too large)



And this is the whole flock together: (In order from top to bottom: Cupid, Apollo, Muse, Uriel.)

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Old 06-17-2015, 02:55 PM
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Hi there and welcome to the forums!
Your flock and setup are gorgeous! Oh, if you ever need help with gender or mutations, I'm sure you know where to post some pictures and we can help

So, Cupid is a very special and gorgeous little girl. She's so fortunate to have such a nice family. I think you're correct--she may just not want to play as vigorously as the others. As long as she's not exhibiting any other symptoms of sickness, I think she's fine and enjoys her life perfectly well. Also, it has to do with personality--some budgies love their cage, it's their "safe haven", and that's ok.

Hope this helps, looking forward to seeing more pictures of the flock and hope to see you around! Feel free to ask about anything else you're unsure of
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Old 06-17-2015, 05:54 PM
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We're glad you've decided to become an active member now and certainly hope this won't be your only thread.

I agree with Starling Wings. Your set up is quite nice and your budgies look healthy and happy. Cupid's activity level may be lower than the other budgies' due to her condition but as long as she is exhibiting no symptoms of illness then I wouldn't be concerned about her not joining in with the other budgies play.

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Old 06-17-2015, 06:22 PM
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Hi! It sure looks like you have a nice set up and your birds are beautiful. Welcome to the forums.. I'm not an expert like the 2 people who have weighed in above, but I also have a budgie who isn't as 'social' or active as the others. She doesn't have a heart murmur that I'm aware of, but it is evident she values her 'alone' time. . Often when the others are flying about the room, she stays in one of the cages. I guess I just always thought it was her personality.
I'm anxious to continue to hear about your Cupid.. I'm sure I can learn something.
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Thanks for your responses! - I'm hoping it really is a personality thing and not caused by her condition. (I'm an introvert as well, so I can understand a need for 'alone' time). She seems to lose her breath easily on the rare occasions she does fly - I'm not sure if its her murmur or her lack of wing muscles (maybe both?). The vet wasn't clear at all when it came to diagnosing, she simply said it was bad and that she could drop dead at any moment, or live a long and happy life. (I had a definite 'what?' look on my face when the vet said that). I think I'll take her for an annual checkup to an actual avian certified vet. The one we have loves birds, but I don't think she's officially certified. I've looked up murmurs online but found very little on them - I don't know if there are any symptoms to look out for, warnings, etc.

Thank you for welcoming me as well! I'll definitely be roaming through these threads - I've only owned budgies for maybe 2 years, so I've still got a lot to learn.
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Well, a heart mumur in a human has the signs of passing out from time to time. So I'd say look for signs of dizzyness. if she get's dizzy and loses her balance on a perch, I'd seriously think about getting her to a vet immediately.
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Welcome to the forum. You've got a beautiful setup there.

I look forward of more pictures of your gorgeous flock and your darling little introvert (I am one myself so totally relate )
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