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Old 06-29-2015, 01:33 AM
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I agree with everything that's been said
My little one spends 7-8 hours a day, 5 days a week away from me when school starts, but we've both adjusted to our routine. As long as you give her plenty of attention while you're home, and she has plenty to do and listen to while you're away, I think Fiona will be fine

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Several of our birds like to take turn sitting on the computer screen or key board or my shoulder just hanging out and watching the screen or Singing and telling me all about the birdy world. Bowing and dancing around and exploring or snuggling down for a nap. We have birdy TV you tube with all the neat budgie and other birds to watch. Apollo loves to talk to Indi as well.Apollo also likes to fly in place on my fingers and swing back and forth and sing to me as well. Apollo love to stand on just the key I want to type so we have fun finding ways to redirect his attention like a millet spray nibble or taking a drink of water from a people glass very carefully so he does not spill. We also have little flat dishes for him to drink from. He really thinks he is hot stuff to sit on my hand and very carefully take a sip of water. or have his little spoon taste of plain grits when he joins me for breakfast. So it is just the little things that you allow a little space for your birdy to join you While you do other things as well. It is just leaving little spaces in the routine. This will help increase your bonding before another budgie joins the family. Blessings on your new adventure. Jo Ann
Thank you! I hope Fiona hangs out with me when she's out of the cage more. I've only let her out twice, since she's still not completely tame, and one of those times she did wander over and hop on my laptop for a little bit

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8 hours a day should be fine when there are toys for Fiona to play with and the radio to listen to. My little Jakob is alone 8-9 hours most weekdays when I'm in work. I let hour out of the cage the minute I get home, and then she gets plenty of attention. If I'm on the laptop, I allow her to sit on the monitor. Even if I don't talk all the time, she looks at everything I do. It makes her feel included. There's lots you can do to bond with her more, so see how it goes - and I'm sure we'll all be waiting for pictures
I'm glad to hear that you do the same thing with your Jakob. That makes me feel better Once she is more tame and I'm more confident I'll be able to get her easily back in the cage at a moment's notice, I will begin letting her out more often - and I'm sure she'll come check out what I'm doing sometimes.

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I'm glad you're thinking of what's good for Fiona, you obviously care about her very much.

You've been given great advice which I agree with also. I have a lovebird on his own in a big cage and I spend heaps of time with him when I get home and he's one little happy chappy! He does have the budgies for company in the cage next to him but if Fiona is occupied/busy, has room as others have said and then has time with you she should be a fine Fiona

I also had a hand tamed budgie on his own for most of the day, and he was such a great friend when I was at home, but also very happy on his own.

If it doesn't work out and Fiona is the type of bird the needs company you can consider getting another birdie down the track. I'd see how she goes first on her own though.

Keep us posted on how she goes.
Thanks for the words of advice! I'll just monitor her - I have noticed that some days she doesn't seem to move around the cage that much (based on her droppings), but other days they're more spread out which means she was moving around. I just don't want her to get depressed!

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I agree with everything that's been said
My little one spends 7-8 hours a day, 5 days a week away from me when school starts, but we've both adjusted to our routine. As long as you give her plenty of attention while you're home, and she has plenty to do and listen to while you're away, I think Fiona will be fine
Good advice. I think you all are right.

What is everyone's philosophy on playing bird/budgie noises for a lone bird? I always thought it was kind of cruel, since they can't ever see the bird, and they're just kind of desperately calling back to it. Thoughts?
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I don't know if it's cruel, persay, but I personally don't do it because my little one will flock call for hours looking for the other birds. I agree that some birds just get agitated when they can't find the mysterious flock that's surely hiding somewhere! I leave the radio on when I leave, even if it's only for a short time
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