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I am a brand new budgie owner and I adopted my first one this past sunday. After extensive research I have come to a loose conclusion that my budgie (his name is pablo) is fairly young! His forehead is completely yellow with faint stripes so thats why I assumed he is growing out of his baby stages since the stripes are still visible. His eyes are still completely dark black and that is a another reason I assumed he is still fairly young... thoughts?

The first couple of days Pablo was very scared and skittish and did not move other than flying franticly around the cage anytime a new sound or movement happened in the room. I expected that. however now that it has been few days He is more comfortable and hopping around freely, eating in front of me, and observing himself in his play mirror occasionally. He starts screeching in loud calls when he hears certain sounds and / or other budgie sounds. Other than that he is completely quiet and observant.

I had a worried question about his overall state of being... he sits staring at me or his mirror and constantly preens and/ or fluffs / shakes his feathers. He also chatters his beak rapidly in small spurts every once and a while. He keeps one eye (usually the one not facing me ) closed sometimes and he looks sleepy when I talk to him sometimes. He seems fairly comfortable, just still vigilant and scoping out his surroundings. Do all these characteristics sound normal? I know nothing about Budgies and I want to make sure he is comfortable and healthy. He sits with a puffy state facing me most times. Only recently has he begun to hop around and squawk.

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Welcome to the forums and the ever exciting world of budgie ownership!
You have certainly come to the right place as you will find all you need to know on budgie care here.

The behaviour you have described is normal for a budgie who is in the process of settling in to their new home.

You can post a photo or two of your budgie, a frontal shot taken in natural lighting (no flash from camera) showing the whole beak/cere area for determining gender. As to age a photo showing the forehead area would be helpful.

About the mirror, depending in the cases, some budgies especially solo birds can develop an unhealthy attachment to them.
The reflection on the mirror can make them less prone to interact with us, this can lead to aggression problems as well.
In more extreme cases, the affection by the other budgie in the mirror can lead to the development of an obsessive behaviour where the budgie will regurgitate excessively onto the mirror and losing weight as a consequence.
This can also be followed by unwanted matings.

The decision to remove the mirror and any other mirrored toys is ultimately up to you. If you wish to develop a good, solid bond with Pablo, removing any mirrors from the cage will get the focus back to you and will make the connection and future interactions and training easier.

Best of luck with your budgie friend! And be sure to read the wealth of information found here at Talk Budgies through the articles and sticky threads.
You can start by checking the info at the Diet and Nutrition and the Taming and Bonding sections, if you haven't done so already.
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Greetings,aluz has given you the best advice from our wonderful friends here and I agree with her.I wish you and your budgie many happy years together.blessings
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Hi and welcome
My Fido was, and partly is behaving in the exact same way, less and less now, but this is all part of the settling in process as aluz answered above
Your new friend will come around soon enough, just be patient, and do not try and rush little Pablo into new adventures too soon, he will start being more and more confident, as he starts feeling secure around you, and in his new home(Cage), best of luck, and pics please
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Thank you everyone!! This helped so much. He doesn't seem to be obsessed with his mirror but he is fond of it...especially since he is solo.
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We'd love to see some pictures of little Pablo when you have some to share.

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Thank you everyone!! This helped so much. He doesn't seem to be obsessed with his mirror but he is fond of it...especially since he is solo.
My Lucky is a solo bird and had mirrors that she spent her time with. Now with them all gone she's completely attached to me and interacts with the rest of my family well. If I had been told about mirrors and the problems with them back when she was little I would never have put them in. I wouldn't have risked the delayed bonding with me and the family at all.

It is your choice completely but I would hate for you to have an experience such as mine where months later she was still not bonded to me. She has, just in the past few weeks, really started to "love" me but that only happened when the mirrors were gone.
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Hi there and to the forums!

I agree completely with the advice given by the previous posters. He needs some time to settle in, I'm sure

As for the mirror, I really would take it out. Personally I don't believe that in the long run it will be beneficial to him, and in fact he may even become obsessed with it in the future even if he isn't now, which can change his behaviour as well as social interactions with you.

We'd love to see pictures of little Pablo when you get a chance!

It's great to have you with us, too--if you have any questions after reading through the links provided, please do ask as we'd love to help!

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