Hello guys,hope all is well.Its been a while since I was on these forums.Since I was last on,both my budgies Comet and Star have both passed away.Well its been 3 weeks since Star died and we come to the conclusion to seach for a male budgie because all Weve been blessed with is females.We found a lovely aqua/yellow faced male in a pet shop a week go and named him Banjo.We have had him a week and he dosnt seem to be settling down.He wont eat any seed from his bowls,drinks very little water.He flys all over his cage and struggles to try and get through his mirrors (and I mean panicing).He also sleeps very little through the day.He also screeches,not sweetly singing like we expected.He also dosnt play with ANY toys,he just seems to panic all the time.Question im asking is..will I give him a chance to settle or think about getting another male budgie???
Love and Hugs,Vikki and a stressed out Bango.
Regarding Banjo, I would definitely get him a friend he is very scared and although he probably would settle down eventually, he is clearly under a lot of stress and not coping well without fellow species.
Sorry your other budgies died.
Regarding Banjo, have you got his cage covered on three sides with a cloth or blanket?
Sprinkle some seed on floor of the cage so he can at least be eating, also a shallow dish with water. He is obviously very scared and stressed, sit near his cage and talk to him no quick movements. Where is his cage located ? leave a radio on for him , budgies need to sleep at night during the day they will nap.
Hello,thanks for the posts on advice.Yes I do cover his cage (3 sides) if he is flapping.He also has 2 seed bowls,2 water bowls,millet and a seed bell.We have the radio on most of the day,He seems to relax a bit to Classical and heavy metal music LOL,the last music isn't a joke either!!!.I do talk next to his cage a lot as he is near the settee most of the day.but we move his cage at the end of the day for bedtime incase our elderly dog knocks the cage in the dark or my other half knocks the cage in a morning.Weve had female budgies for years and I always thought males were SLIGHTLY less screechy lol.
He is also still a youngling,so I know settling in and stuff must be stressful.
Last edited by BlueSilver; 07-29-2015 at 08:51 AM.
Would getting another male budgie be good for him or give him a chance to settle.He is such a sweet little boy and I don't like seeing him not relaxing.He has so many good toys waiting for him and he just dosnt seem to care,Even the mirrors seem to freak him out.Yet he sings/screeches nicely lol to the hoover and the dog barking,so I don't think loud noises scare him.
I'd like to try to determine what is causing him to be so frightened before advising whether or not to get a friend for him at this point in time.
Additionally, if you do get another budgie, you need to be prepared to quarantine the new bird(s) for 4-6 weeks.
Quarantine means housing your new bird in a different cage in a different room as far away as possible from the room your current bird(s) is in for a period of 4-6 weeks.
Budgies mask symptoms when they are ill. Symptoms may not show up for over two weeks. Often you will not even realize your bird is not well. Many budgie illnesses are airborne which is why you need to quarantine your new bird in a completely different room.
The cage is 61cm length,32cm width and 66cm height.He was 2 mirrors he sits on.One has beads on which he sits on at bedtime,another is an old budgie circus game (it had skittles on,which fell off)and he sits next to that through the day.I got him one week ago from a pet store which had 2 large cages in full of budgies and other assorted birds in.He still seems to be young as he as most of his baby bars but they are fading away from his beak/eyes.
Banjo's cage size is fine for one budgie (although bigger is always better)
When you say he "seems to panic all the time" does that mean he is constantly flying about in his cage or does he simply get frightened when you get close to the cage?
What does he do if you sit next to the cage and talk calmly and reassuringly to him for approximately 10-15 minutes?
Does he calm down or does he flap and squawk and try to "escape" from his cage during that time?