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Bought a budgie from a pet store a few weeks ago only a month old (Skylar) and soon realized that when I left him alone or left the house he would get lonely from all the chirps coming out of him so I went out and bought another one (Charlie). He is only a few months old and I had him now for a week. Decided I would let him out so him and his friend could fly around but once they both got out like a bat out of hell Skylar flew around perfect just like the first time I let him out but Charlie smacked into three walls and lastly smacking into the door leaving him on the ground below it. Considering he might get really hurt or break his neck I threw the blanket over him to put him back in his cage (he was not hand tamed at all). Now I don't know what to do. Sense I live roughly a hour and a half away to the closest town and I do not feel comfortable doing it myself I cannot get his wings clipped, Plus I cannot afford a vet bill if something was to happen. I feel leaving both of them in the cage is just terrible. I am frightened to let them back out on account of him breaking his neck on a wall. Whats my options? Should I leave Skylar in the cage for now and just let Charlie out to see how he flys again. I should also mention that sense the last time he was out he is more used to me and will perch on my finger after some encouragement.

Another un-related question is before buying Charlie, Skylar was perfectly comfortable with me and I was getting him to perch on my finger now and then but now it seems like he do not want a thing to do with me. Is he just annoyed/upset with me that I got another bird (taking some attention away from him)? It seems like I take one step forward and two steps back with these guys.
Edit: Noticed Skylar absolutely hates it when Charlie perches on my finger but yet Sky won't do it himself. Also Charlie loves to poke and bully Sky a bit. Probably wasn't a good idea getting two boys lol.


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Old 07-06-2015, 11:12 PM
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Hello, from the sound of things your new little budgie has not had any experience flying and has yet to learn the do's and don'ts of controlling his movements.
What you need to do is either get one of those hanging mosquito nets that go above your bed, or a tent, or a small room with no mirrors, windows uncovered. if you use a small room hang some material up along rails or walls so he hits this instead of a hard surface. Allow him out for short amounts of time to get the feel of moving and steering himself around.
You are right in being very concerned for his welfare and health at this point in time.
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Hello, from the sound of things your new little budgie has not had any experience flying and has yet to learn the do's and don'ts of controlling his movements.
What you need to do is either get one of those hanging mosquito nets that go above your bed, or a tent, or a small room with no mirrors, windows uncovered. if you use a small room hang some material up along rails or walls so he hits this instead of a hard surface. Allow him out for short amounts of time to get the feel of moving and steering himself around.
You are right in being very concerned for his welfare and health at this point in time.
Thanks, never really thought of the net idea. I'm definitely going to have to try this out. Have to go to town tomorrow so I will pick one up.
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Hello and welcome to the forums!

Cathy has given excellent advice for "flying practice". My little girl took a while to perfect her maneuvers, and the room she practiced in had a long, shiny, wooden table. More times than not, she tried to land on the table and skidded right off!
Hopefully his flying will improve with time.

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When a bird does not know how to fly safely I take them into a smaller room like the bathroom. Be sure to cover windows. Here they will learn how to fly much better than a larger open area of the home.
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When I let Pogo out for the first time, he did the same thing, though thankfully he never knocked himself out, he got used to it eventually and he still flies into things if he's in a different room occasionally. After a few days or less he will be fine.
I am totally against clipping their wings, he just needs to adapt to his surroundings and find his wings
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Cathy's advice regarding Charlie learning to judge distances during his flying time is spot on!

The behavior Skylar is exhibiting is quite normal since you've now added a new bird to the "flock". Before, you were his only flockmate and now he has competition for your attention.

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Thanks for all the help. While I was at work I had my mother calling in a panic. They got out when she was cleaning their water haha. Charlie flew perfect. Guess it helped he was use to us!
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Oh ,I bet your poor Mother was so worried They are so quick when they need to be, They can squeeze in and out of the smallest space
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She was fine only for the fact that she panics when they fly over head haha.
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