My housemate's mother went into a nursing home about 2 weeks ago. He need to get rid of most of her stuff, but one thing he brought back was a budgie.
I only moved in, midway through August and have only known my housemate for a couple of weeks, so I'm sort of sticking my nose in where it shouldn't belong. Not only that, but I don't know much about birds.
Anyway, the budgie has lived in its cage most of its life. It sits on a perch all day, looking into a tiny mirror. Every once in a while it attacks the mirror. I'm a big guy and when I come into the living room the bird backs away into the furthest part of the cage.
I feel bad for the Budgie. So I do come over to it two or three times a day and talk to it "Who's a pretty bird. You're a pretty bird... etc" I also read that they like Millet sprays so I went online and spent about $30 on Kaytee Natural Millet Sprays.
This is why I am writing. I put the first spray into the cage this morning, thinking that the bird would enjoy a treat. Keep in mind that the little girl is terrified of everybody. As a result, the budgie has avoided its food dish all day long. I think it is afraid of the millet.
Is this normal? Presumably since it has been in a cage it's whole life, it might have to figure out that millet is food? Maybe? I also read that maybe one in three bags of Kaytee millet is "bad" and that all budgies avoid eating it. Should I go out and buy more?
Should I get the bird another toy? I also suggested to my roommate that he should buy another Budgie so that the one he already has, has a friend, but he said that "It really isn't my bird, so I'm probably going to get rid of it anyway."
I'm glad you are taking an interest in the little budgie. Perhaps it could become YOUR bird if your housemate isn't that interested in it?
The budgie may well be afraid of the millet spray. Millet is generally used as a treat so why not try breaking 4 or 5 of the little "balls" of millet off the spray and placing those in the budgie's dish or in a separate dish.
It would definitely be good for the budgie to have more than one toy. Does it have a swing? Realize that you'll need to put the new toy outside the cage for a few days where the budgie can see it and get used to it before trying to put it in the cage. Otherwise the poor little bird will be terrified.
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I'm looking forward to hearing all about "your" budgie and hopefully seeing some pictures soon!!
Welcome to talk budgies. Even though you don't have bird experience, you seem to be a natural at reading what the bird is showing /feeling. We have a ton of info here to help you help this little bird. Check out our sticky's at the top of each subforum, the training and bonding will be of great help. I'm glad this little bird has someone who has an interest in it...would love to see some pic's...
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Its very kind and nice what you doing for that budgie, it sounds like he passed through a bad time but if you keep going he or she will open to you, if your roomate wants and you can take care of him, I'm a collage student and having my little princess with me is best decision I ever did.
Go slow and show him how much you care about her or him, it might take a while you need to be constant but at some point maybe even sooner that you suspected the budgie will start showing you his trust and love his own way I'm sure if you show him or her games and toys with some music to stimulate more the moment he will start opening to you, but always give him or her some time to get use too you and his new house.
Thank you very much for giving that budgie at least some attention.