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.
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.
Good luck with your new friend!
RIP sweet Tito (Summer 2008 - January 17th 2013).
You are missed and never will be forgotten.
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.
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!
and Princess Mallorn!
Thank you to Deb for her wonderful Faery magic
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.