budgie doesn't leave his cage anymore, doesn't chirp, doesn't play...
Hello lovely people,
I am new to this forum. I was wondering can you help me. I have budgie that is five - six months old, I got him when he was two months old. We were getting along nicely, he was eating out of my hand (but never sit on my finger) he was out of his cage, flying, chirping, playing wit his favourite toy.
Then I went on vacation for 20 days and leave him with my mom. She treated him nicely and opened his cage daily to let him out, but after couple of days he just stopped leaving his cage.
Now I am back from vacation and I am worried, he just sits at one place at his cage, doesn't seem interested in anything, he is scared when I move or try to talk or feed him. He doesn't leave his cage, he barely moves from his swing. He eats from my hand, but it takes too much time to get him to do that. He looks scared.
Do you have any advice for me? I know that I went on vacation in the middle of our bonding, what can I do to make it right again?
Thanks a lot guys! (and sorry if my English is bad)
There are you tube videos of parakeets chirping (one is 3 hours long). Try playing one of those and see if he perks up.
If he does not, it may be that the stillness and quiet demeanor may be a sign of illness.
If he does perk up, just be patient, and continue to offer him out of cage time and treats from your hand.
Your budgie may be ill and a vet checkup is always a good idea if you have any doubt with regard to his health.
Beyond that, you are going to need to spend a great deal of time with your little budgie in order to regain his trust. Start over from the beginning and spend 10-15 minutes 3-4 times a day just sitting next to his cage reading, talking or singing to him. You can rest your hand inside his cage when you are doing this, just to let him see you aren't trying to force him to do anything other than to trust you.
After about a week, offer him seed or millet inside his cage.
When he feels more comfortable around you, you can begin with your taming and bonding sessions again.
If after 2-3 weeks you don't see a marked improvement with regard to his activity level, then I'd say he's depressed and you should think about getting him a little friend.
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I'm looking forward to hearing all about your budgie and hopefully seeing some pictures soon!!
As you went away at a time when your budgie was still quite new he is not really knowing where or who id his friend or home even.
You will need to start the bonding process again as FaeryBee suggested take things slowly and be patient with him. Silence to a budgie is a sign of danger, they like noise music play some music for him or budgie sounds as suggested. Perhaps if you are away from home a fair amount of time you may thin of getting him another budgie friend to keep him company?
I played him music a lot these days, and budgie sounds. He is already more active than he was. He still won't leave his cage but at least he is playing with his toys again. I got him new bell toy and he is thrilled I keep cage doors opened most of the day so he can go out if he feels like it.