I was walking through a shopping centre yesterday, and happened upon a pet shop - I decided to go in and check out the fish tanks (my Minnows and Danios are currently living through a snail population explosion, and a bigger tank may well be a kindness), when I heard a lot of cheeping and squawking from the back of the shop.
Well, being thoroughly hooked on having one bird around the flat, I figured what's the harm in having a look?
I imagine the rest of you have already got a pretty clear idea as to how this works out.
After talking for a while with the people who ran the store a while, just to make sure that they were more interested in the well-being of their charges than the guy who ran the shop I got Jimi and Dave from, I bought this beautiful feathered addition to our family:
I'm not 100% on gender at the moment, since their cage is still partially covered to allow them to acclimatise to the new environment. In the store, under what is admittedly extremely poor lighting, I was pretty sure that they were a boy, but natural daylight has cast a bit of doubt on that.
If anyone that's a bit more experienced at gendering budgies would care to chime in at this point, I'd be appreciative.
I'm keeping them in a separate room to Jimi at the moment (my bedroom, which also has the benefit of my being on hand in case of night frights), and making sure that I wash my hands thoroughly when going between the two cages for food handling/general interaction. I live in a small flat (apartment), so if anyone has any advice on how to make the quarantine process a bit simpler and more streamlined, I'm all ears.
Greetings.that's a very beautiful budgie you got there.I'm not sure on the gender as of yet.due to the lightning and mutation.that's good you're keeping them in separate rooms for atleast close to 8 weeks.and washing your hands,etc after each bird.my budgie to sometimes has a night fright,so having to leave a night light on helps abit.you can provide some music or tv,talking with them at times will help them relax better.I'm sure 1 or more of our wonderful experts will assist you soon on proper care etc.thanks so much for the photos and I wish you and your budgies many happy years together.we're here if you need us.blessings
princess Gracie Barber welcomes you all and blessings
But I'm a bit confused. Several times you say "They". Did you get two of them?
Nah, it's just a conveniently gender-neutral indicative.
She's proven to be pretty quiet so far, and the more I look at her plumage, the more entranced I am: she's got these beautiful iridescent blue feathers on her back, and I love the dark tips on her wing feathers.
We're still trying to work out a name for her: the main candidate at the moment is Erykah, since we were aiming at keeping the theme of musician's names for our flock. I was thinking of calling her Ashe after a former singer from one of my favourite bands, but given that my nephew is called Ash, it might seem a bit weird.
She's still pretty nervous around people, although she'll happily sit on a perch and be talked to, which is a good start IMO. I've tried sitting with my hand in the cage, but she's pretty unsure what to make of human hands at the moment - while I got to stroke her chest yesterday, she won't really sit still near my hand today, so I'm inclined to think that yesterday's success was probably one borne of fear on her part. I'm not about to start chasing her around the cage, so I'll see how long it takes for her to trust me.
Quarantine's working out OK at the moment, although keeping on top of washing my hands all the time has proven more laborious than I'd previously considered. Thank God for alcohol hand cleanser, is all I'll say.
In other news, Jimi is now very sociable and tame. He makes a major point of assaulting both my and my wife's glasses every time he comes out for playtime now. He's also learned how to blow raspberries at people, which entertained my mother no end when she came to visit recently. I have visions of Jimi and his new ladyfriend 'singing' a farty duet at all and sundry, and I'm not going to lie; it's had me giggling a few times.