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Old 05-27-2016, 01:49 PM
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Hi all,

So two weeks ago, I bought my first budgie from a pet store and a cage as well. I've always liked these little guys and recently one of my wife's friends let us look after her budgie for a month. It was a fun experience so we decided why the heck not get our own little budgie.

Our new light blue budgie is a male and very young, possibly 3-4 months. He still has those stripes on top of his head and has a very short tail (but growing!). The poor thing was so frightened in the beginning and didn't eat for a day or so and just sat in one spot in the cage, quiet. I guess he was missing his friends, he was pulled from a litter of 7-10 other budgies.

After some time trying different things to relax him, he gradually started eating at least. Now after two or three weeks, he's finally loosening up and stands on my finger, chirps and sings, etc. It's been quite interesting.

However he's still not played with any of his toys in the cage but I'm guessing he just needs more time. He chirps, sings, and is active ONLY when I take him outside in my caged lanai. He is NOT active at all inside the house and still very afraid when I take him out of the cage while inside the house. Will this change?

Also he's been very reluctant to eat veggies. I mixed seeds with lettuce and he seems to be picking only seeds out, lol.

Another thing I noticed is that he hasn't touched the cuttlebone and mineral block at all.

Any advice, tips?

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Everything you've described thus far is quite normal.
The budgie (what is his name?) will try the cuttlebone and mineral block when he's ready. It may be weeks or even months but when his body signals it needs the calcium and minerals, he'll then "discover" them in his cage.

With regard to introducing new foods, that takes time and patience.
There are many good tips in the Diet and Nutrition section of the forum. Please look at these two threads for information regarding a healthy diet.

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Hi there and to the forums!

Congratulation on your new baby budgie--they certainly are fascinating little creatures, aren't they?

I'm glad he's starting to be more comfortable in his new home, that's good to know. Budgies are terrified when they first are moved to a new environment, you're right. If he still seems agitated sometimes, playing some soft music in the background will help him to relax. Budgies perceive silence as danger, so in general you should leave music on when there aren't people in the house or in his room for long periods of time.

Even though he seems comfortable with your finger, I would lay off for a little bit and let him slowly get used to you. He very well may be still adjusting and may be acting submissive simply because he's so scared of you!

It's important to go at his pace and slowly introduce your hand into the cage. If he really does seem comfortable with your hand and doesn't seem scared at all, you can try feeding him some seed or millet in the palm of your hand and letting him step up on his own.

I'm glad he likes being out of his cage sometimes, he will get more used to the home environment in time. So that he isn't overwhelmed, focusing on just one room of the house that is completely budgie proof (no open liquids, poisonous plants, dark crevices, open stoves/ovens, fireplaces, etc) will help him to feel more comfortable out of the cage.

As for his toys, you're right that he needs more time. Many budgies don't touch their toys for more than three weeks after coming home! Once he starts to see his cage as his "home", then he will be more open to exploring his toys

Keep trying with the veggies! The key is patience and consistency, as well as variety. Offer him several different veggies per week served in different ways, such as shredded carrot one day, chopped parsley another day, etc. Eventually he'll get curious and take a nibble, I'm sure

Finally, budgies often go through long periods of not needing calcium from a cuttlebone or a mineral block in their systems, so they seem to ignore it, until one day when they decide it's time for a calcium boost and they can go through a whole cuttlebone in a day!

Because of this, it's important to keep both in the cage, as you have done, so that one day when he decides he'd like some calcium, he knows where to find it

Be sure to check out the Budgie Articles as well as the "stickies" (important threads "stuck" to the top of each subforum for easy reference) for tips and information on everything from budgie behaviour to a budgie's diet and everything in between. The links Deborah provided will be a great place to start!

If you have any questions after reading through everything, please be sure to ask as we'd love to help!

Hope to see you around and your little budgie, as well

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Hello, and welcome to talk budgies. Congrat's on the new budgie, we would love to see pic's. FaeryBee, and Starling have both
given you great info to move forward with...
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Hi there.
A big welcome to this friendly and most informative forum, a fount of everything to do with budgies and more! We are very into pictures (and names too), so later when you're ready, do post some Good luck with your new blue baby!
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My limited experience with a wild-caught exotic budgie (very young female) matches with everything everyone has said. It took at least two weeks for her to really start playing with toys, and her curiosity towards and trust of things that I have put in her cage has only grown and grown as she gets to know me better, has pleasurable experiences with her toys, and tries new but yummy food. Millet spray is a very, very good way to help your budgie see that you put nice things in the cage. I have attached some to different toys or hidden some inside of others to pique her interest. The first toy that my budgie started enjoying had multicolored beads, so I tried to follow that cue on buying other toys with beads in different colors.

My little one hasn't gone after the mineral block or cuttlebone at all from what I can tell, but she has a toy that has small squares of mineral block attached, along with the beads, and she has munched some of that. Maybe you could find a similar toy?

Best of luck! The covered lanai sounds really nice!

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Congratulations on your budgie !! He is doing very well, just give him 2 more months and he'll be all over you when you take him outside his cage.

Try different veggies with your little one, I'm sure you'll eventually find something that he loves and also don't forget to give him some fruit.
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Thank you all for the great advice. It's been almost two months now and he's been doing well. Playing with toys, chirping, singing, and pops up right on my finger. Plays and flys outiside, and inside he's still a little scared of the interior.
Whenever I want him to sit next to me on the couch he flies away back to his cage as if he knows only of his safe zone. Hehe.

His name is Donald by the way. (lol)

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Donald is a real cutie . I love his color too, I can't tell on my computer whether he looks more gray or blue, but he's lovely!
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Donald is gorgeous! It sounds like he's doing awesome on the bonding and training
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