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Old 05-03-2016, 01:09 PM
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My new little friend, Rigby has a few behaviors I'd like some advice about. He is a rescue, seems very skeptical about people, but is getting less skittery.
1. He eats ALL the time. I think that's because he probably didn't have food readily available so he eats when it's there (which it always is).
2. When I clean his cage, he's leery, but doesn't fly around like he's really frightened anymore. He doesn't make any move toward trying to get out of his cage. I need advice about encouraging out of cage time when he's ready.
3. He rarely 'chatters'. He will sometimes respond to noisy Ms. Oscar (in another room), but only briefly.
4. On top of him being afraid and trying to gain his trust, I have to give him oral Ivermectin every 4 days. One step forward, two back. Trying to 'catch' him and then hold him to administer the med is a challenge.

So... any advice is helpful... I know to go slow with him, spend time near him and be patient!! I see changes in him already... (he looks better, too!!)
PS... could he be getting a brighter yellow color? or am I imagining things??

THANK YOU in advance!!

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Old 05-03-2016, 01:17 PM
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I'm curious as to why the vet gave you Ivermectin to administer orally rather than doing the spot-on treatment.
Is it because the mites are so bad?

Yes, Rigby's coloring may be becoming more vivid if he is now getting the nutrients he needs since he may not have had a nutritious diet in the past. You say you have food available all the time.
You may want to limit his seed rations to 2 teaspoons per day and have pellets available 24/7.
Are you giving him egg food and fresh vegetables as well?

Some budgies are more quiet than others.
Don't worry about Rigbys lack of vocalization.
He may become more "chatty" when quarantine is over and he and Oscar are in the same room.

When the time comes that you are ready to start giving Rigby out of cage time, you can set up a little play area outside his cage and put a favorite toy or millet spray on it.
I wouldn't be concerned about his reluctance to leave his cage.
He probably feels safest there and it will take time for that to change.
When he's out of quarantine and sees Oscar having out-of-cage time that will serve as encouragement as well.
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GREAT advice, as usual!.. Thank you, Faerybee!
I've had a hard time limiting his food because .. because.. because.. I don't want him to feel deprived. Silly, maybe. I will cut back. And I give him veggies every day!! His favorite so far is celery leaves! I've mixed some commercial egg food in his seed.. need to make him some though.
Re: Ivermectin... yes, the vet mixed the solution and thought oral would be best. When he attempted to scrape the ickies from his face, they were really 'attached'. Rigby has evidence of mites on his beak (both sides) and both his feet. Dr Schrag said if the oral doesn't work, he will do an injection.. let's hope this works. He prescribed a total of 5 doses to give every 4 days (the vet gave the first one). I will give dose 3 today.
Thanks again for the help.
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I'm glad to hear that Rigby likes his vegetables!
Has he tried any pellets yet?
If not, try sprinkling the Harrison's High Potency Mash over his seed mix to get him used to the taste so he associates it as being a food source.
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Well, I can't possibly add to anything Deborah has said other than

It's great to hear that Rigby's doing well (considering) and even is eating his greens. Here's to a full and quick recovery!
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