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Old 06-23-2016, 12:52 AM
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We've now had Misty for two weeks as of June 23. He seems between 4 and 5 months of age. He has been asking to come out of his cage several times a day to sit on a shoulder or stand on the windowsill to look outside. The rest of the time he seems perfectly content to sit in his cage, eat, preen, and occasionally chirp and scold (especially when he hears certain sounds) or occasionally vocalize a bit. He seems completely tame and fearless. He's OK with standing on anyone's finger or shoulder and flying a short distance (his wings are severely clipped). He doesn't mind being picked up when he lands on the floor. He doesn't mind a new accessory or toy placed in his cage. We usually keep the TV or radio on for him.

So what's the problem? Disinterest and no curiosity. He seems to have no interest in humans or his many different toys. When we approach or rattle a bell, he stretches, and then no other reaction. He has a mirror he stood in front of at first, but now ignores that too. He gets active in his cage only when he wants out (hopping from perch to perch and climbing the cage bars). Once out, he gets to the window, then wants to sit on a shoulder or return to his cage. But the rest of the time, he stays in one place in the cage for hours, not doing anything but an occasional preening, stretching or scratching, until he wants to eat and goes to his seed cup. When we approach him to talk to him or make silly noises at him, he usually turns his head away from us. He seems very healthy, has a good appetite, normal poops, and keeps himself well preened. He has no breathing or mobility problems. He sits contentedly, softly fluffed, occasionally grinding his beak. So I don't suspect illness.

Is this something I should be concerned with? How long can it normally take for a new but tame budgie already familiar with his cage to play with toys and to consider us his flockmates? Every other new bird I've had, once over the initial fright, was curious, explored his cage and toys, loved faces, and leaned in to listen to us talk rather than turning away.

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Old 06-23-2016, 07:03 AM
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I don't see any problem whatsoever with your Misty.
Given the fact you have only had him for 2 weeks, it's remarkable how well he has adjusted to his new home and family so far, for him to already want to willingly spend time with you, sitting on your shoulder and to step up to your finger when asked.
Keep on spending quality time with Misty in order to strengthen and solidify the bond you have with him, talk to him to establish a long-lasting connection.
Be sure to check the in depth info on the stickies at the Taming and Bonding section of Talk Budgies.

When having out of cage time, you can use some of his toys in order to encourage Misty to play with them. He may not know what the toys are for and you can help him out with that.
As for the mirror, in order to avoid potential future problems related to an over attachment to the mirror's reflection which can deeply impact the pet bird's mental and physical health, it's best to remove the mirror or any other mirrored toys from the cage and replace these by different types of toys.

As you must know, budgies have different personalities, some are naturally more outgoing while others are more shy.
Give your Misty some time and as soon as he is more settled in, he will start exploring his cage.
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I completely agree that Misty seems completely fine! In fact, I'm very surprised he's already so receptive.

Aluz has given you great advice

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You've been given excellent advice by our experienced Talk Budgies staff.
I, too, am amazed Misty has settled into his new environment so quickly.

I just looked through Misty's pictures in your thread in the Mutations section of the forum.
He is adorably gorgeous!
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Thanks to all for the encouragement. I'll keep you posted on any improvements.
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greetings and welcome.I agree with our wonderful friends here as well.your budgie seems to be getting used to its surroundings alittle more now.I believe in tim3 your budgie will be chirping,playing and mayb3 even trying to mimic some words or sounds.

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I think 2 weeks is still a short time for Misty to be completely settled in. It could easily can take more than a month for Misty to be interested in humans and be playful. Budgies are very cautious creatures when it comes to change in environment, they need long time to build trust. But seems like Misty is doing fine, just little more patience to build a good relationship with the lil one
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Misty is slightly more responsive to us (particularly in the morning) and appears to listen by looking at us when we talk to him, although he doesn't move closer to us. Still no toy playing yet, though.
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It took one of my budgies over a month before he started playing with his toys.
My playing with them and encouraging him to do so helped him learn what they were for.
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Hello Misty sounds like he is settling in very well. Please remember he may not want to be playing, communicating as much as you feel he should. All budgies have their own personalities and traits. I have three completely different birds. One is extremely people orientated the other two choose each other. Either way they are adorable and loved for what they bring to our home each day. Give Misty time to become his true self and you will see a confident and happy budgie soon I am sure.
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