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Old 06-23-2015, 05:25 PM
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I had two hand-fed budgies a few years ago (when I was in high school) who I loved lots. I have just contacted a breeder and put in my deposit on a new hand-fed little English budgie, who I will be bringing home in September. It's been a while since I read up, so I'm trying to make sure I know anything new and important about budgies!

My question is about when I bring my birdie home for the first time. I have read some of the resources on here which reccomend just talking to the budgie for the first few days, and moving very slowly. Is this true for handfed birds as well? I only ask because when I brought my previous two birds home, they immediately jumped onto my finger, wanted to interact, etc. What should I expect with a hand fed bird?

Also, any tips on bringing home a new bird? I'm traveling pretty far to bring my guy home (totally shocked by the lack of breeders in the Chicago area) so he's going to have to come home in a travel cage (since his cage is too big to fit in the car.) If I'm not supposed to handle my baby for the first few days, how do I go about transferring him from the little cage to the big one>

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How exciting for you that you will be getting a new little budgie in September.

Since your baby will be hand-fed he is going to be used to being handled and will probably step up for you right out of his little travel cage and allow you to place him in his big cage when you get home.

You'll probably want to give him a day to settle in and then you can put your hand in the cage and see if he'd like to step up and interact with you. Just move slowly and go at his pace. Again, since he will be hand-raised, chances are that he'll be quite willing to interact and will be happy for the attention.

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Hi, and welcome to TB! You will find all kinds of great information on this site!

When you bring your budgie home, it is ok to transfer him to the big cage. Then, just take things at his speed. If he seems to find comfort in being with you, as many hand fed budgies will, then let him! If he is scared (he likely will be after his car ride), let him be for the first evening and then see how he does the next day. When we got our little Penry (parent fed but handled frequently as a baby), he took one day to settle in, then he was stuck to us like glue! It just depends on the bird. Read around on the site about ways to make a budgie feel comfortable after you bring it home.

I'm glad you're coming back to the world of budgie ownership! I look forward to hearing all about your little guy when you get him. In the meantime, everyone here will be happy to answer whatever questions you may have!!!
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I just got a handfed baby a month ago. Tico did come to me right away after about 48 hour mark but when I tried after 24 hours he freaked out a bit so 48 hours was Tico's comfort zone. He wanted the socialization but did not want to leave the safety of the cage. I just slowly socialized with him where ever he was comfortable. Your new birds safety zone will slowly expand as they adjust to the new environment. I would also put food, water and small bit of millet on the floor until you are certain he is finding the food and water bowls in the cage. Tico's breeder had us put a hand towel on the grate so he would have a soft spot to rest until he was ready to start perching.

My baby budgie always felt safest on the floor so when scared or stressed he would hide on the bottom under a dish, I guess a throw back to when he was in his nesting box. He still naps during the day on the floor (currently 11 weeks) and sleeps on the highest perch at night while the cage is covered. I think he likes the closed in feeling while sleeping. Covering 2 or 3 sides of the cage will also help your new addition feel more secure during the stressful adjustment.

All birds are individuals though so take what I said as a guideline rather then the absolute be all end all. Just go slowly, watch the body language and let your new one lead at his pace not yours.
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Hi there and welcome to the forums!
I can't wait to meet your new baby! I bet she/he will be adorable Congratulations on preparing for a new feathered friend, and feel free to ask any questions you may have along the way. All the advice mentioned is perfect and I can't really add to it, so I'll just say it's good to have you with us and we love pictures here
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Hello, and welcome to talk budgies. How exciting to be getting a new bird. As has already been said, just take it slow because your bird though hand fed and somewhat tame already, is still going to be in a brand new enviroment that he is not used to...looking forward to seeing your new friend...
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Welcome to TB!

Good to have you with us. I look forward to your updates and questions as I am very keen to learn about hand fed budgies as well
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Thanks for all the advice! Would you reccomend covering the cage on three sides on the car ride home as well?
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Yes, that would be the best thing. Darkness makes them feel secure. Also, if you're the one driving and there's nobody else in the car, firmly belt the cage in and secure it in a shallow box to make the ride as smooth as possible. If possible, though, I would get a friend to drive or come with you to hold the cage on the way back.

Play soft music and make sure it's not to hot in the car for the return trip, and you should be fine I can't wait to meet him/her!
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