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Old 07-20-2015, 10:12 AM
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Donnie has been with us for about 2 weeks. He chirps now and seems to know when I'm in the room because he chirps when I walk in. I noticed that he paces on his perch. Then flies around and chirps. Is that normal? He paces on his perch and occasionally on the floor of the cage. Does that mean he's happy or does it mean he is bored? I can take him out but he's not too thrilled about it. He jumps off and flies away the first chance he gets. So I have started having him step up and holding him in his cage for short periods at a time. Doing this makes me worry that he isn't getting enough attention though. He's in the living room so there's never a time that he is alone. This is the main room in the house and I'm a stay at home mom. Will he eventually get better at trusting me if I keep holding him in the cage for 2-3 minutes a few times a day? Or should I be getting him all the way out and taking him to another room at this point. I don't want to rush him. We talk to him all day. Also, he isn't interested in veggies and fruit at all. I chop it all up in my ninja and put it on the bottom of his cage on a plate. He goes down to check it out but hasn't tried it yet. Should I just keep offering it anyways. Thanks in advance.

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Old 07-20-2015, 10:19 AM
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It sounds like you're doing all the right things!

If your budgie is being active and jumping around the cage, then it's certainly a good thing. I find that budgies actually tend to look bored when they're bored. Or scream for attention.

By holding I hope you don't mean actually grabbing him, that's about the worst thing you can do!

A budgie also bonds and tames at their own pace, there's no real 'by this age they should do this' Just keep at it and if he starts running away, don't chase him.

Never stop offering him food, either, try different methods, too, like clipping bits to the cage, or offering whole leaves, or strips, and so on!
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I never grab him. He steps up on my finger. =) Thank you. I will try offering his foods in different ways.
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Sound's like he is settling in nicely. How big is his cage and do you have some toy's for him to keep occupied. Maybe some hidden treat's to forage for. No doubt he is getting more used to you and you are showing good patience, and going at his pace. Have you spent any time checking out the sticky's in our training and bonding, and articles forum's...
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Donnie's exhibiting all normal signs and behavior of a newly acquired budgie. For him to chirp and become active when you're around is an encouraging sign as he's been with you for just 2 weeks. It's good that he's in a lively room and not isolated. Budgies are very social birds and thus need company around them. Fruits and veggies will take time for your budgie to try them on. Initially, they'll get wasted but keep offering them to him in small quantities. Grated carrots, beetroot, spinach etc. are some veggies budgies love to relish. A single budgie might take time to try these as sometimes they learn to eat fruits and veggies by watching others.
Also place a cuttlebone for his calcium needs and you can try placing a mirror toy for short periods. Jonah has pointed rightly in checking out the sticky's.
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When you bring home a new little budgie it is quite frightening. You want to do the best for him this is natural.
Do you actually sit next to his cage and readout loud to him, or sing a silly song, they love this ! I am sure secretly the worse we sing they like it even more . Hold some mille and get him to step up onto your hand and eat. This will encourage him to stay on your hand longer. keep offering the vegies, basil, thyme, sprouts, broccoli, carrot are a good choice to try as well.
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