I just inherited a second hand budgie - I've got no experience with birds but this little guy has been kept in a cage with two wooden dowel perches, food and water and that's it - the owners were from out of the house from 6 am to after 9 pm most days. He's apparently quite young but he's so super quiet. He hardly makes any noise at all and mostly just sits on his perch. I've given him toys - swing, bells, chew toys etc, but he doesn't seem to know what to do with them. He's also been fed exclusively on budgie seed and won't touch fruit or vegetables. I've been handling him and talking to him and he's pretty tame and placid. I think he's healthy. He just doesn't seem to know how to have fun! Would it be best to get him a companion? I'm worried about overwhelming him. Also not sure if the cage setup is suitable for two.
Good on you, for taking in the little fella!
I'm sure you just need to take things slow, let him settle in, then he will start investigating the toys etc. in due time.
You need to be patient about the Fruit/Veggies, keep offering them, once he settles in and starts feeling secure in his new home, he might also get confident enough to try and taste some of the healthy foods you offer.
I'm sure some of the more experienced members will give you more info/advise.
Make sure to read through the stickies of the forums, a wealth of solid info there!
As Rene said patience really is the key.
How long have you had him? How big is the cage he is in?
Do you have any photo's of Binky (we all love photo's here! ).
Don't be afraid to ask. There are some very knowledgeable budgie people here and they can help you as much as you need.
Oh, and well done - it's a marvellous thing you are doing for Binky
Hello and welcome to TB.
Binky will certainly blossom with some love and care from you, however as he is not used to being treated normally as in being spoken to, have access to toys, and other fun activities it will take some time.
If you can post a picture of your new fluffy one we can tell you the sex, and general age for you that will be a great plus.
Start to offer a swing, nearly all budgies love a swing, or some different perches replace one of the dowel ones with a grape wood perch. Cuttlebone mineral blocks are good too.
Try offering some basil, thyme, kale, carrot, he doesn't know he can eat other foods yet. Sit next to his cage and eat a few sticks of carrot in front of him. Play some budgie sounds from You Tube, or music silence is actually a sign of danger to Budgies.
Have a read of these links, hopefully they will help also. https://talkbudgies.com/articles-buyi...your-life.html
Thank you for taking in little Binky and for providing him with the love, care and attention he deserves. It is going to take time for Binky to get used to the idea that there is someone out there in the big world that actually wants to interact with him.
To build your budgie’s trust, sit by his cage and read, talk or sing quietly to him for a period of at least 10-15 minutes, 3 or 4 times day. After the 2nd or 3rd day, rest your hand on the outside of the cage when you talk to him so he'll learn that your hand is safe and will not hurt him.
After a week, rest your hand inside the cage when you talk.
Don’t make sudden moves, don’t try to touch him.
Let his get used to the idea that the hand is now in his safe place and not harming him.
After 2 weeks, begin moving your hand slowly toward your budgie. If he becomes agitated, stop moving your hand and just hold very still until he calms down. When he's comfortable with your hand near him, you can offer him a bit of millet or a few seeds. In a few more days, you can begin your taming and bonding sessions.
Always work at your budgie's pace.
Move slowly and talk reassuringly and calmly to him whenever you interact with him.
We'd love to see some pictures of Binky when he's feeling a bit more settled.
Please take the time to read through all of the How To Guides, the FAQs and the stickies located at the top of each section of the forum.
You'll find most of your basic questions about budgies and caring for them will have been answered after you've read through all of them.
Binky sounds like a sweet little guy, and it was so wonderful of you to take him in and give him the loving, caring home he deserves
You've been given great advice so I will suffice to say that I agree completely with all advice given and I'm sure that with time, Binky will truly spread his wings and come out of his shell with patience and steady love.
Figuring out how to play with his toys might take some time as well, but soon I believe he'll be happier than ever.
Be sure to read through the links provided above so you can be sure you're up to date on the very best budgie care practices for Binky!
If you have any questions afterwards, feel free to ask
Hope to see you and Binky around the forums, we're glad to have you here!
and Princess Mallorn!
Thank you to Deb for her wonderful Faery magic
AnnaW.. I have my first little rescue budgie and from my experience, it is indeed slow going. I'm so glad to hear you can handle your little guy. My Rigby is still terrified of hands. He calms when he hears my voice, but has a strict 'hands off' policy, it seems! He still loves his seeds with all his heart, but has tried some lettuce and occasionally will take a few bites of spinach and celery leaves.
My advice (and I'm not an expert) is to just do what you've been doing.. being kind and gentle and not rush him. As others have just said, patience is key.. Hard sometimes, but in the end, it will pay off in your relationship with him.
You've been given amazing advise. I just wanted to say, You Rock! for taking in Binky. It will take time but I just know it will be worth it. I just posted a thread about it, but I just made success with veggies by pureeing them and mixing in a bit of seed Maybe try that.
Thanks for all the amazing feedback! He has started to play and make little squawks, he seems especially fond of making the bell on his toy ring . Hopefully you can see the photos, I'm thinking the cage is a little small?
Oh, I did replace the dowel with a natural branch. He was so use to the dowel circumference that it took a long time for him to get his balance properly! And I found him on his swing for the first time today. We've had him for about ten days now.
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I'm so glad to hear Binky is already starting to make some budgie noises and is even playing with the bell on his toy and has tried out his swing -- that is simply awesome. He is showing great progress for having been with you only 10 days.
I agree with your assessment that the cage Binky is in currently is too small.
The very minimum recommended size cage for one budgie would be 18" x 18" x 18" and the bigger the cage you can provide for him the better it will be for his health and well-being.