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Old 06-28-2015, 09:38 AM
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I've never actually owned a budgie so young before, George came to me at the end of his first moult, and Daes was well after hers.
He's SO hyperactive.

He's been all over his cage again, tried ripping part of a perch off, came right up to look at me, and didn't even freak out when i went to put something in his cage. He was sat on the perch by the main door, and just sort of watched my hand when i put it in. Good going for my brave little man.

As I usually do, when cleaning the cage, I sprinkle a tiny amount of seed across the bottom.
Little baby Alistair KNOWS where the food bowl is, because he's sat in it. However he won't eat from it, and seems to prefer picking around the bottom of the cage.

Given he knows where food is, I suppose it's normal?

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Old 06-28-2015, 10:02 AM
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It is good that Alistair is already feeling so comfortable and able to show all of his energy!
Maybe you are not used to the smaller pet type budgies. I don't know if your George was English or not. Pet type budgies are very happy, energetic and love to sing and entertain us with their clownish ways.
Your boy's behaviour is normal and he will eventually eat from his food dish, the same goes with his water.
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It is good that Alistair is already feeling so comfortable and able to show all of his energy!
Maybe you are not used to the smaller pet type budgies. I don't know if your George was English or not. Pet type budgies are very happy, energetic and love to sing and entertain us with their clownish ways.
Your boy's behaviour is normal and he will eventually eat from his food dish, the same goes with his water.
George was english! While he was really playful, he wasn't bouncing off the walls.

Alistair already drinks from his water bowl, which was nice to see.

I think he's gone and worn himself out at the moment. He's half-asleep on his swing!
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Even though all my birds eat from their food dishes, they love to forage for seed on the bottom of their cages.
I give them seed there every morning when their cage liners are changed.
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He sounds very healthy and happy from your description As for the eating from the floor of the cage it's already been said; completely normal Especially with younger birds as they tend to learn to eat from shallow dishes on the ground when they get around the time they fledge. My 6th chick was nearly 3 months old before I saw her eat from a suspended bowl and not the floor.
My budgies do prefer to eat from the dishes but tends to drop to the floor now and then to check for particularly tasty or discarded treats so I always offer something When he settles down and gets used to where the bowls are, he'll most likely start to eat more from them
He sounds like an absolute delight
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As other members have implied, your bird's behaviour seems completely normal. I have had this kind of experience with beet and carrots. Budgies toss shredded veggies when they eat and mine often eat the ones stuck on the cage bars.
Perhaps this will change when he matures.
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