This thread should be titled "Foster Budgies (and Simon)"! I make a lousy foster parront in that I hate giving them up, but I swapped out Justin for a couple more girls. They have a couple of applications for male budgies and Justin was ready to go to be somebody's wonderful new friend. At one point, I was worried that he was so agreeable out of fear, but I knew that wasn't the case the day that I stretch out on the floor and he used me a perch while preening and just hanging out. He happily goes to a variety of people and he's a bird that all other birds seem to like. I took him to the volunteer who has the bulk of the budgies from the large surrender and before I left he was hanging out and chitchatting with another budgie who might be his dad.
I still have Emma, seen below practicing having her picture taken. I know it doesn't count until I get a picture of it, but she perched on my finger for the first time today. While eating millet, but it was still a major breakthrough.
When I dropped off Justin, I picked up Freckles (what can I say? I didn't name her...) and Bella. Bella is one of the original four budgies that the previous owner bought and Freckles is one of the babies (as are Justin and Emma).
Not a great picture, but here is Freckles:
The crouch is typical of her and she's missing the claw on one of her back toes. She is a sweetheart, however, and is another one of those birds that all other birds seem to like.
Finally, here is Bella (plus Emma trying to break into her cage):
The pictures where taken a couple of days after they arrived.** Bella and Freckles are settling in well. They chirp at me when I talk to them, do those nice wing and leg stretches when I say good morning and good night to them, and will eat millet out of my hand. With Freckles, I can reach into her cage and she will eat out of my hand; Bella won't even take it when I offer it to her between the cage wires, though she has stopped running away in horror.
She will eat it when out of her cage when I'm feeding the others as well. Watching them get reacquainted with each other has been a huge amount of fun. I'll take pictures when they are more comfortable. Simon has given Freckles his stamp of approval as well, which is saying a lot coming from a cockatiel who is a little alarmed by how fast his budgie companions move. He was the one the most upset about Justin leaving, btw. He hissed at me for two days, but he forgave me after he made friends with Freckles.
**No quarantine since they hadn't been exposed to any other birds. THIS IS NOT IN ANY WAY MEANT TO CONDONE NOT QUARANTINING A NEW BIRD. The rescue also has every bird checked by an avian vet and has very extensive blood work done before accepting any bird. They are following procedures outlined by an avian vet.