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Hello all,
I just brought home my first budgie, Tiki, three days ago. He has pooed on a few of his toys and I was just wondering how often I should be cleaning these? I feel like because he is still adjusting,it may stress him out too much if I try to spot clean the toys inside the cage.

I also had a question about millet sprays. Can you only leave them in the cage for a certain amount of time before replacing them(if he didn't already devour it of course)? Like, do they go "bad" if left in the cage uneaten for too long?

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Thank you! Do I only need to take him out of his cage when I do the full cage cleaning?
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Hi Jessica.

Welcome to the forum. Tiki looks very cute!
I would be establishing a routine with Tiki. Paper changed daily in the morning, wipe over the tray. Wipe over any bars that might be dirty.
if you are having to open the cage doors to get his food & water pots it might be worth just moving the toy to clean it if you are able too. If Tiki is not too upset by the food and water change, it might be worth just removing the toy with the poop on and cleaning it. Just make slow, careful movements and use a reassuring voice while you are doing it.
If he does seem scared just stop and if he is too afraid and you don't think he is ready, then don't attempt it right now.
My personal routine with my birds is a paper food and water pots clean daily- water twice in hotter weather and I do a weekly clean where I wipe over perches. If your bird is pooping on his toys, try and find a better place to hang them, if they are underneath a perch (if he's just climbing on top of them, then there's little you can do).

Millet can go a bit dry. You can see the difference between fresh and old millet in pet stores. As millet is a treat, they don't need to have so much in there that it should go bad. I rarely give my guys millet and I usually give them one spray between 8 of them.
Veggies are much healthier for your bird to try.
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Thank you for your input,Therm!
He mainly poops on his big coconut hideaway toy because he climbs on top of it quite often.
What is the difference between old and fresh millet?
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Welcome to TB and congratulations on your new budgie friend
Your budgie will be nervous settling in however it is important that his environment is cleaned every day - Tiki will soon get used to what you are doing.

Droppings left lying around for days is extremely unhealthy and can cause bacteria to spread and make your budgie as well as other household members sick. Food and water dishes should also be cleaned thoroughly every day.

Ensuring your little friends home is clean and safe will make budgie parenting more enjoyable for you also - husbandry is a vital part of our learning process and interactions with these beautiful birds.

I hope this helps and that Tiki settles into her new routine quickly.
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Good to know! Thank you, Niamh
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I completely agree with the advice from Therm--it's important to clean the paper and change the water every day, as well as change the seed. Cleaning toys can be as needed or when you do the weekly full cage clean. Until he's settled in, I wouldn't scare him too much with a full cage cleaning, he'll be just fine until he's comfortable enough with that.

As Niamh said, it's very important to keep the cage clean! Also, you may want to remove the coconut hidey toy--it actually shouldn't be used in the cage as it can make males more hormonal if they see it as a place where a hen could raise her chicks.

Best of luck with little Tiki!
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Yes,I have indeed! Thank you all very much
That's also very interesting about the coconut hideaway making the males hormonal!
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