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Old 07-10-2015, 10:01 AM
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Donatello has been with us since Tuesday. Originally I took him out and to another room to teach "step up" the day we got him. That's what I did with my Amazon years ago. Then I read here a few times that I should leave him alone for about a week so he can get settled. And after that week, to not take him out, but to introduce my hand inside the cage. He finally ate yesterday. He hasn't chirped much but I assume he is still getting settled. His cage is in the most active room in our house, the living room. We are in here all day long. I'm worried, because I can't take him out, that he isn't getting enough attention. I go up to his cage throughout the day and talk to him and of course he must hear and see us only 10 feet away on the couch when we watch tv. Is he getting enough attention? Should I take him out? He is 4 months old. He got out while I was cleaning his cage the other day and basically ran into every wall before I could catch him. Is it normal for him to be so quiet? I took his millet because he wasn't eating his seed. Is that okay? I plan to give it maybe once a week as a treat. Maybe I'm just being paranoid. I always try to do everything by the book and just want to get it right so he grows up as a well adjusted, happy guy.

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His cage. I was also worried that it was too small but everyone is telling me that it is plenty big enough for him.
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The cage is plenty big enough. You do seem to be experiencing some new owner worry/paranoia, but we have all done that. This is all still very new to him, and every bird takes a different amount of time to settle in. It is good that he is in a place where there is plenty of activity going, budgies find silence to be a sign of danger.

Have you had the cage covered on three sides since you brought him home to help him feel secure ? Is the cage in a spot that it is up high enough off the flloor ? Cages down too low make bird's feel vulnerable. For the first two week's you should be sitting by the cage talking softly to him. You can read some of the sticky's out of our training and bonding section to him, and that will be a productive way to start bonding with him, while getting some good next step tip's for you...
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I don't have him covered on 3 sides. Should I go ahead and do that? I think he's high enough off the floor. I will start reading to him. I didn't even think about that although I know I've read to do that a thousand times. Thank you!
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If that is the dome play top cage from Petco that is 21x25 then it is huge and plenty big enough. I assume your budgie is untamed if so then proceed extremely slowly like suggested. If he was hand tamed or hand fed then he may desire your company earlier then the week's recommended wait but will probably still be too insecure to leave his cage anytime soon. As with all things watch the bird's body language, that will indicate how quickly or slowly to proceed. Covering the cage will help him feel more secure since right now he is still frightened of the environment.
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I find it really depends on how they were raised. A parent raised budgie ((store bought)) that has never had human contact, needs you to go slow, so that they don't get frightened to death...

However, a budgie breeder who hold the birds every day and get's them use to being handled by people, tend to not care if you play with them immediately. They aren't scared of you to start with.

The reason for the 1 week of letting them be, is so that they can get adjusted to their new surroundings and people. But well adjusted budgies only need a day or 2 to adjust. Whereas store bought budgies need a week.

The one thing I've learned with mine is not to underestimate them. They are very intelligent and as long as they aren't scared to death of you, you can pretty much work with them when you want. Just give them a day or two, to find out if it's truly that they don't mind you, or if they were just in shock the first day.
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Is there a link you can send me about the birdcage?
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His cage. I was also worried that it was too small but everyone is telling me that it is plenty big enough for him.
I have the exact same cage and my budgie has a lot of room to move in it. Plus he is not in his cage all day he is out with us getting his exercise. I have no trouble with the same cage as you and it is the same colour to...
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