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Old 06-30-2015, 09:10 PM
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Hello Everyone,
Well Its been almost 2 months since I got Oz! so she is now 6 months old! time flies!!!!!! and shes actually a relatively quiet nice budgie.
She I think will talk because she mumbles now I love to hear her softly mumble! she does it alot usually in the late evening. I have a few concerns though, I read the posts similar to this one and I know some of it is normal but I am concerned.
well, Oz hates to come out of her very nice cage. I did go all out and get her a large nicely done home (maybe that is why she hates to come out) she has toys, food, water and veggies but she wont touch any veggies or fruit even strawberries...... her home is 17W 17D and 24 TALL.
Everyday around 11 am I take her house down and clean it everyday!!! new cage paper, clean perches and new water as well as refill her food. I also tun this into "playtime" where I stick my finger in and scratch her chest,wings and feet (she seems to love the attention) I also play a game with her and she steps up and I move her from perch to perch.She seems to love it! she gladly steps up, I move her from place to place and she hops on and off. She likes to nibble on my finger and even sits there for a minute or two BUT........If I try to take her out and she realizes that were going toward her cage door she freaks out tries to fly away and if we get her out which rarely happens she flys right back and hurries to get back in!! But soon after all the stress She does calm down and we resume the perch hoping attention game and she seems ok. But why does she never ever want to come out? FYI... she LOVES being misted with water so we do that 3x a week and mix it in the daily cage cleaning playtime.

I was contemplating getting another budgie but I really don't want more than one as I worry they would bond and I would be second fiddle..........Oz gets alot of attention, but honestly, she seems very content on her own,
I have no idea if she would even want to live with another budgie...........
Also I try to spend time throughout the day with her and many times she prefers to be alone as she just doesn't want to come out.Rarely though, does she not like the finger rubbing on her chest and wings, she likes that attention and trusts me but just does not like to be out with us.

I know shes just a budgie, but gee,..22 hours a day on a perch just hanging out........ is that not boring??? When I look at her she looks happy, she responds to us talking to her either by stretching or jumping on our finger!!( yes she does initiate the attention sometimes) but NEVER EVER will stay with us long enough to " come out and play" ........ any ideas??????? Oh, and lastly, I have 5 toys in her cage from bells wood, rubbery little balls hanging down for her to chew, but we never see her play with anything........... odd?? and these are all approved pet store bought toys from a upscale store that would not sell toys that could hurt her......... but why she wont "play with her toys" is odd I decided not to get her a mirror.... any thoughts on all this? much appreciated!!! and lastly, these pictures were taken after the playing time and she sure looks happy...............
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Hi Mark...Oz sound's like a lovely little hen who enjoy's your company. She is still young, and all bird's progress at different rates of time. It is good your not pushing her, it sound's like the safety of her cage is still very important to her. Have you spent anytime offering her treat's at the open cage door ? You could work with getting her used to being in that area a lot, and maybe affix a perch just outside the door to set her on and quickly distract her with a treat. Maybe from there a small play area set up right in front of the cage with treat's. Don't get discouraged, I think she will gain trust outside the cage little by little, you just need to keep the great patience you've had, and look for progress in baby step's. Hopefully some of our other folk's can offer you advice....
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Randy,
Yup we tried that and she is not a fan of perches on her cage! she just uses them to go right back in lol......... I got a play gym and she was scared to death of it... so we took it back.. I am grateful though that she does trust us and loves the attention we give her. I just am baffled why she wont enjoy being out with us. She wont even entertain treats by her door......ugh......... I just worry that being alone so much during the day is not good for her... We almost got her another budgie but decided against it. At least we can open her door and scratch her and play in her cage with her I think she is a attention hog... but it just is not when shes out of her house........ oh, and we do leave soft music on when we leave the house and DO cover her cage at night.She is VERY SPOILED!!
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Well, no one can accuse you of not giving it a good effort. If you do get another and keep it in a seperate cage, you can have a bond with both....
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Hi Mark,

I had this exact same problem with Oisin and I thought he would never overcome his fear but he did - eventually - after several months. I gradually over a long period of time brought him closer to the door whilst eating off my hand (again he would always fly back when he realised what was happening) so take it in inches and every couple of days when he's used to that one extra inch move another inch. Getting him through the door way was tough but once we conquered that I started taking tiny steps backwards from the cage until eventually we could go to the sofa. It honestly took many months but it was definitely worth the effort and eventfully Oisin loved coming out and playing with other things around the house. It did help having Noah around though who is bursting with confidence and I do believe that Oisin gained a lot of his courage through Noah.

It sounds like Oz has a great home though
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Hello Mark it sounds like you have been doing everything you can to encourage her out.
Do you leave the door open and actually move away from her?
Perhaps she might just venture our or closer to being out if it is her making the choices. I would open the door attach some of her favourite food be it millet or seed even to the door then walk away. Do this over a week and see if she makes any moves.
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Oz may decide to come out on her own as she matures.
When you are with her, leave the cage door open to give her that option. As it is, it sounds as though she is a very happy little girl.

Should you chose to get another budgie later on, please remember to quarantine the new bird.

Also, if you decide to house the two budgies together after the quarantine period and introducing them in neutral territory, please be sure to get the largest cage possible for them. The bigger the better.

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I agree with all the above advice, and I'd just like to add that hens tend to be very fussy. Mallorn went through a period of about five or six months where she wouldn't come out at all--not even once. She was perfectly happy to sit on her favorite perch and watch me at whatever I was doing. I tried everything--bribing her with millet and lettuce, a new toy, something "better" outside her cage, but she would have none of it. Her cage door was open almost the entire day.
Now, she's reached the point where she comes out once a day for 20-30 minutes, flies twice around the house "making her rounds" and then goes back in. After that, I can't make her come out!

So just take it at her pace It sounds like she's very happy with you and I see no trust issues!
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Hello
I am worried probably for nothing but.................
Oz is now 5 months old I have had her for 2 months shes very friendly loves her chest rubbed and if you have read my previous posts you will see she seems fairly well adjusted.

But she sits all day in her house other than the 30 minutes that we play and clean her cage. And the occasional playing with her throughout the day.

She loves to jump from my hand to a perch and back again,she also loves the spray bottle. She eats well, drinks and mumbles alot and I think shes trying to make some words from the jibberish.

I just hate to see her sit on that perch all day!! she seems happy but........... she just sits there I never see her play with her toys and she has a ton of them.. I feel so bad for her because she NEVER wants to come out of her house as I mentioned in a previous post I made.

I really wonder if tomorrow If I should go get another budgie for her to make friends with. Would that give her some companionship?? or perhaps shes just a loner?????

I know to quarantine the new budgie should I decide to go that route. I would hate her to bond to the new budgie and not want much to do with me but.... I would prefer that if she would be happier with a companion I feel shes like in prison here she just sits all day on a perch.

I would hate to have to get another house too?? her current house is 17in across 17 deep and 24 inches tall. The one thing I do not like is her house is like a house and has that slanted top it is not flat its like a peak roof. and swings and toys are tough to put in because since the top is slanted, they all slide to the sides. Is there a good cure for that??? I am very concerned that my budgie is just so bored!!! but she simply hates to be out of her house!! and like today when I took her out she flew right back in and ran FAST to the top of her house where she loves to sit!! She lets me handle her anytime as long as shes in her home............. I dont get it !!! I Would be sooooooooooooo bored and alone in a cage all day sitting on a perch!!

is it time to get Oz a companion? a mirror? or just accept that this is "normal"........

and oh, how can I put in a swing and toys that wont slide to the side ? I would hate to go buy a new home as hers was 175 bucks!! (toys included)...............

the pictures of her were taken today... sorry one is sideways! it is not sideways until I upload it here and to me she looks happy....
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I think its always best to have a mate, or a friend so they can socialize. Some birds are just a bit more slow and relaxed (Like my limon) but thats because its in his nature. I would suggest to get another budgie if it fits with your budget
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