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Old 05-24-2016, 03:50 PM
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Hi. 2nd time parakeet owner, but our previous little guy was much older when we got him (sometime after his first molt) and was very very calm, quiet and tame. He never played with toys and just love to hang on our shoulders. Sadly he passed after 6 months from head trauma/seizures.

Anyway, we got a new little guy about 3 days ago. Apollo. We spent a lot of time interacting with all the birds at the store and Apollo was the one who was least afraid and did perch on our finger quite a bit. He's very young as indicated by his stripes and the darker spots still on his baby beak.

We have no problem getting him to step up, he seems very ok hanging out with us outside his cage on small perches and is ok on our fingers. He doesn't particularly climb up to our shoulders yet but guessing that is to come.

Apollo is chirping a lot, much more already than our other one did in his entire lifetime here. But he seems rather clumsy? He will crawl on the sides and top of his cage to move from perch to perch rather than jumping or flying to them. When he's on his top hanging swing or a higher perch, he will sometimes fall off to the floor of the cage like he lost his balance, then he'll flap his wings wildly until he's stable again. He spent the last couple night sleeping on the floor of his cage under his food dish, but doesn't stay on the floor during the daytime.

We have a tabletop perch maybe 6 inches tall and he won't hop on it but seems perfectly fine if we put him on it.

I just don't know what to expect with such a young bird. Is this normal because of his age? Our other one, while not active at all was a lot more stable in his cage and readily climbed to our shoulders and hopped to perches.
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Hi there and congratulations on your new budgie friend!

From your description of this budgie, it seems the little one has been recently weaned and is likely under 8 weeks old, since he/she still has remnants of the dark melanin on the beak.
It's normal for your budgie to move around the cage by climbing, being very young it's also normal for him to be a bit clumsy and the cage is still new to him and he is in the process of investigating everything and becoming more acquainted with the cage.
If your budgie's wings have been clipped at the store, this would further explain the current clumsiness and inability to properly fly. It takes time for a pet bird to adjust after the wings have been recently clipped.

You can cushion the bottom of the cage with a soft cloth or old t-shirt, till your budgie adjusts to the cage.

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it might be that this baby bird will take a little longer getting used to perches and things, if he is still quite young.

Perhaps, move some of his perches lower down for a while and if he's still falling, put a towel or an old t-shirt on the bottom of the cage to soften the landing.

When it comes to interacting and creating a bond, try to slow down and take things at this new birds pace. Comparing his behaviour to the old bird in terms of measuring progress, isn't always helpful as they have such individual personalities.

Please read through the stickies about bonding with a new bird. You'll have more success if you don't rush too much and get it right.
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Thank you, I will line the cage with a softer bottom for a while. And he does have 2 levels of perches one very low to the bottom, in fact, it's angled to actually touch the bottom.

My other experience was so different, just making sure he's on track and getting to know an infant birds needs and limitations since we've never had one remotely close to this young.
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You're very welcome! Hopefully soon, Apollo will be able to better navigate the cage. I see you have attached a photo and by looking at the cere's colours it seems your Apollo is a young budgie girl.
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I agree with aluz - your little Apollo is female.

aluz and Therm have both given you excellent advice.

I'll just reiterate that if you have not yet done so, please read or re-read all of the Budgie Articles as well as all the stickies at the top of each section of the forum.

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Baby Apollo is a darling budgie and I'll be looking forward to lots of pictures and updates about her.
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Your budgie is really stunning. I love the cloudy pattern on her chest.
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Hi there and to the forums!

Apollo is such a precious little girl!

I definitely think you can keep her name, but if you'd like to change it, you might consider Artemis, Apollo's sister in mythology

Her swirly blue chest is just beautiful

She sounds like an absolute darling and I'm sure with time you'll develop a lovely bond with her. As mentioned, it will take some time for her to adjust to "adult budgie" life, which includes confidence, grace, elegance, etc.

Anyways, be sure to read through the forums as well as the links provided to ensure you're up to date on everything! If you have any questions afterwards, please do ask as we'd love to help

Hope to see you and baby Apollo around the forums!
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Ah Ha about her being a girl after all. The lady at the pet store kept saying the cere looked like it was going to the blue side, but just yesterday I was looking closely and not so sure. LOL So a girl it is! And Starlingwings, my son suggested Artemis to begin with. We could change it to that, or Luna since Apollo was partially chosen because of the rocket that first went to the moon.

And she is doing much better already navigating the cage. She can readily jump on all the perches, even her top swing which she loves.
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Thank you for the update, I'm glad your Apollo/Luna has already gotten used to her cage and is no longer having navigation problems.
She's a great little sailor!
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