I purchased a 10 week old budgie from the local pet shop on Monday.
Brought her straight home and released her into the aviary where she promptly plummets to the floor and spent the rest of the day climbing the mesh and perching, every so often loosing balance and dropping back onto the floor.
Initially I wasnt too worried as sometimes i find if i buy birds that have been bred in small breeder cages and then sat in pet shop display cages when i release them into the wide open space of an aviary their wing muscles arent strong enough and they stuggle with their flight and landings, but genrally do fly and get straonger and more adept very quickly.
However it has been 3 days now and this little budgie simply cannot fly, nothing, not even a wing assisted hop from one perch to another. She moves about via branches and climbing the mesh but still falls to the floor if dislodged.
The other three budgies in the aviary, whilst initially interested in her for an hour or so, just completely ignore her.
Has anyone ever come across a bird that simply wont, or cant, fly?
Here she is, the little yellow one