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.)