I got my first budgie 3-4 days ago and he has yet to go on his perch or climb around at all. I haven't seen him eat or drink but I have heard him shuffle around when I cover his cage at night. I know that budgies are supposed to be scared when you first get them, but I would've thought he would have gone on his perch already.
The petstore I got him from had a bunch of budgies in a large pen with little to no perches. I'm not sure how old he is because the petstore was very vague with where they came from and their ages. I'm really reaalllly concerned about him, does he even know how to go on a perch? Is he sick or just really scared? Will he die from not eating and drinking or is he just doing it when I'm not looking? Is there anything I can do? I've been replacing his food and water daily, but I'm not sure what else to do. I'm far from a bird expert and I don't even know if he's a boy or not! PLEASE HELP!
Hi Juli, welcome to talk budgie's. Since you seen the cage your little one was in had very few perches, he/she is probably comfortable on the cage floor. Lower your perches down close to the floor for now and I would recommend putting paper at the bottom and scattering seed around for him/her. If it is a very young budgie, which a lot of pet store budgies are, it only know's what it has been used to so far.
I would keep the water and food dish down low for now, and try feeding some millet also. If you get a chance to take some pic's, a couple of natural light (no flash) closeups of the cere/beak area from the front, will help us tell you what sex, age, and mutation your bird is. Keep the cage covered at all times on three sides to help it feel secure, and spend the first two weeks or so just sitting by the cage talking softly. There is a lot of really good info that would help you greatly right now over in our training and bonding section sticky's. Relax, everything is going to be fine...
He came down from Heaven unto this earth below
He came down from glory and praises untold
He came down to man fashioned in their way
He came down to rescue, He came down to save
Hi I was in the exact same situation you were in when I first got my first budgie, Sunny. He was really really really scared when he first came to my house. Actually, he didn't even sit on a perch, he grabbed the wall of the cage with his feet and beak and just froze their for about 3 days. Then he just sat on the perch for another 5 days completely silent, not eating, drinking or doing anything. He was very young and scared. But I talked to him every day in a calm voice and he slowly started to become more relaxed. I don't think your new budgie will starve, he/she is just scared. He/she will eat when they get very hungry eventually. Also, your new budgie probably eats/drinks when you put the cover on the cage at night or whenever you are not looking. I'm not a budgie expert, but I believe that every budgie is different, and train at different rates. My budgie Sunny didn't start to perch on my hand until 4-5 months after I got him. So I thought he was going to be very anti-social, but he changed a lot and now always perches on me! So don't lose hope!
Thank you, Jonah. I'm glad that this is normal behavior! I've moved his perches lower (which kind of freaked him out :0) and he seemed to inspect it once my hand was out of the cage . I will try to get some pictures of him in natural light, but he is a little bit frightened at the moment.
To familiarize yourself with the forums, please take the time to read through all of the How To Guides, the FAQs and the stickies located at the top of each section of the forum.
You'll find most of your basic questions are answered after you've read through all of them.
I'm looking forward to hearing all about your budgie and hopefully seeing some pictures soon!!
Hello Juli and welcome to TB. Budgies are great at playing statues !
Try to imagine how your little one is feeling taken from home placed in a huge area with a lot of birds then pulled out from there once more.
It will take time and patience to help him settle and become less stressed. Randy has give excellent advice and Deb has posted all the links to help you start your journey.
Keep things simple and all movements around him slow and steady . Can't wait for the pictures !
Randy, Deb, and Jackie have all given wonderful advice and resources and there's not much left to add Remember that silence is danger to budgies, so play soft instrumental music or just have background noise to help him feel safe as well.
I wish you all the best with your new friend and I'm looking forward to the pictures! Feel free to ask any question at all you may have-no question is silly and we'd be more than happy to help!
Do you have a name for him/her yet?
and Princess Mallorn!
Thank you to Deb for her wonderful Faery magic