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Old 07-01-2015, 11:21 AM
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My budgies a female who's is about 7-8 months, I got her yesterday but she's hand-tamed by her breeder.

She's sleeping or standing still 80% of the time, even though if she's awake and I'm in another room, she'll call for me. I'm pretty sure she's not ill but then she doesn't have any toys yet... I'm getting some tomorrow, when I get some money.
Is this normal though? I'm really frightened. Is it because she's somewhere new, doesn't have any toys or is she listless (because she's ill?)

Do budgies limit themselves to what they eat?
My budgie tends to eat a lot of the time because she had a big bowl of food in her cage. It looked like she just ate then slept, ate then slept. I was worried in case she gets overweight, so earlier I took out the food and put new, fresh food in. Unluckily, I didn't have the exact same food and I'm scared she won't eat it. I put a reasonable amount in the food-bottle thing this time but will she eat it.
If she doesn't eat it/want it but gets really hungry, will she eat it? I don't want her to starve.

Thanks, I'm really worried.


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Old 07-01-2015, 11:31 AM
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Welcome to the forums!
It's normal for a new budgie to stay still in one place and it takes a while for them to settle in a new home. What you can do to make her feel more comfortable is to cover her cage on 3 sides with a light blanket or sheet and leaving the front part uncovered.
If your budgie truly sleeps 80% of the time then something could be wrong, it's not normal for them to be really sleeping that much during the day.

Food and water should be changed daily and it's important for your budgie to have a source of food and water at all times in her cage.

Since you are new to budgies, I suggest you take a look at vital information on the stickies at the top of each section of the forums. Pay special attention to the Diet and Nutrition and Training and Bonding sections.
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Old 07-01-2015, 11:43 AM
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Hello and welcome to Talk Budgies! There are lots of friendly people here and real knowledge & expertise that I'm sure will help you as time goes on. Very exciting bringing a budgie home!

Your hen will need a settling in period to her new home and surroundings - everything you have said is quite normal at this stage. She will take food and water as she needs it, but could well be a bit eratic with this in the first few days - most of them are! Your best course of action is not to worry. Spend time with her gently talking or even singing to her to get her used to you, I wouldn't try to touch her for one to two weeks. She will mellow and feel more comfortable the more time you invest just being there and talking to her.

If you haven't already, put a cover over the top, back and 2 sides of the cage - this will make her feel more secure.

In time you may want to start the real tamimg process - there are plenty of links here to help.

So try not to worry (she may pick up your stress) and take it all slowly. Oh yes, we love to see budgie pics on this forum so please post some when you can!
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Thanks, my budgies cage only has one bar side so I don't really need to use the blanket.
I think she sleeps about 20 - 50 minutes every 2 - 4 hours
She's alright with stepping up and stuff, she's mostly hand-tame from her former owner. She goes near my hand when I put it in the cage.
I let her out for 10 - 25 minutes daily while she's getting more used to me but soon hopefully 1 - 2 hours.
I also have been researching budgies since January, when I first thought about getting one. I've read most articles on here, other sites and watched most videos on YouTube. I mainly know what to do but I'm going to research more as well.
I have 2 more questions.
If I buy a male, will they breed without a nest? I'd prefer them not to.
Could the reason she's sleeping a lot be because it's hot and she hasn't got anything to do, since I haven't brought her any toys yet, I'm getting some tomorrow.

I am probably overexagerating Thanks
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Old 07-01-2015, 12:24 PM
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Hopefully she is just a bit tired from the move and soon will perk up and become more active.
You shouldn't have any problems if you do get her a male companion. As long as you do not give access to hiding spots or anything that remotely resembles or could be used as a nest (birdie tents, for example), then they won't think about mating and raising a family.
If you get her a companion, it's important to quarantine the newcomer for a period of about 1 month on a different room and cage from your other budgie. This is done as a safety measure to prevent any possible illness to be passed to your first budgie.
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Old 07-01-2015, 12:49 PM
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Thanks, I guess there's nothing to worry about.
She's probably tired,today's the hottest day since 9 years ago for the UK (England area) it's getting to me as well, she usually perks up when I play a video of budgies chirping.
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Hi and welcome to Talk Budgies!

I agree with all the above advice. Heat, stress of moving, and general confusion is probably the cause. I'm sure she'll be fine in a few days! Congratulations on your new little friend
Hope to see some pictures soon, and see you around the forums!
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Hi and

What have you named her? p:
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Named her Crystal
I have 1 pic, quite blurry though...
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