I have had a 9 week old budgie for 10 days now. He is a single budgie at our house. In the beginning, when we first brought him home, he was playing, showing us tricks, eating seeds from his bowl and jumping around the cage. When we put our hand inside the cage, he'd play jumping around, sometimes landing on the hand. But it has been 3 or 4 days already since he has become more fearful, not playing much (at all), just sitting on his perch and eating very little. I worry about him. Poop normal most of the time, sometimes in the morning he'll do a couple that are more loose, but then they are ok. Since yesterday i would let him fly around the living room, he has 2 favorite spots up high but he'll fly a couple of times and then just sit there. He will chirp when he hears birds or when i interact with him and then leave. He will eat only when i encourage him sitting outside the cage. He'll take his millet. Husband thinks he just misses his brothers and sisters at the pet shop. But he didn't at the beginning?
It's not very common for a recently purchased bird to be so comfortable and playful from the get-go as it usually takes them a couple of weeks to settle in a new home and environment.
From your description, it seems to me that he is regressing, his new reality has sunk in and that may very well be caused by the recent change of environment and the fact he has no same species companions.
It's important for you to make sure the little one is eating well and if your presence helps in getting him to eat, them keep on encouraging him to do so, besides seeds, offer him egg food and soft veggies.
As you get to know more of your budgie and his personality, you may need to consider getting him a same species friend. While some budgies are perfectly happy and content by being solo birds, not all (especially the more shy, nervous ones) cope well with it and need the comfort and extra support of a budgie friend.
Best of luck with everything and be sure to update on how your budgie is doing.
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At ten days everything is still new to your bird, and will take some time to get used to. Sometimes out of fear they almost give an appearance of being tame, and then look to have regressed. Spend some time in our training and bonding section reading the sticky's and you will get a good idea on how to move forward with your new friend...
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I agree with Ana and Randy.
Your little one has regressed and needs time to adjust to his new reality now.
Taming and bonding with a budgie takes a great deal of time and patience on your part.
To bond with your budgie, you need to build his trust in you.
To build your budgieís trust, sit by his cage and read, talk or sing quietly to him for a period of at least 10-15 minutes, 3 or 4 times day. After the 2nd or 3rd day, rest your hand on the outside of the cage when you talk to him so he'll learn that your hand is safe and will not hurt him.
After a week, rest your hand inside the cage when you talk.
Donít make sudden moves, donít try to touch him.
Let his get used to the idea that the hand is now in his safe place and not harming him. If he becomes agitated. Stop moving your hand and just hold very still until he calms down.
After 2 weeks, begin moving your hand slowly toward your budgie. If he becomes agitated, stop moving your hand and just hold very still until he calms down. When he's comfortable with your hand near him, you can offer him a bit of millet or a few seeds. In a few more days, you can begin your taming and bonding sessions.
If you little fellow seems sad or depressed in a couple more weeks, then I'd seriously consider getting him a little male friend to be his buddy.
If you decide to get another budgie, please remember you should quarantine the new bird 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 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.
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!!
You've been given excellent advice I hope to see some pictures of your little one soon and I also hope that he continues to eat well! If you talk to him and sit by him, as Deborah mentioned, he'll begin to accept you into a new "flock", which will help him to adapt. You can play soft music when you aren't home to make him feel more comfortable
I hope that he progresses well! Keep us posted and we'd love to see pictures if you have any
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Bob started to eat, but is so fearful, every little noise startles him. When he is outside flying he is so happy, chirping and flying round the room. He even comes on a stick so i can get him back in the cage (he will not return on his own). The situation is i have a 5 year old and peace and quiet are rare in our house. But she does love him from a distance at least, so she is not stressing him out in his cage or chasing him around the room. Hopefully he will adjust to the joy in the house and not startle everytime anyone coughs, laughs, starts talking etc.