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Old 07-09-2016, 10:17 PM
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Smile Foster Budgies (and Simon!) Ongoing Thread

Justin and Emma are from a group of budgies that was allowed to breed indiscriminately. The previous owner developed health issues, the family contacted a local parrot rescue, they took in 11 of the budgies, and I am fostering two of them. I first was a "foster fail" with my cockatiel Simon (I told them when I applied to foster that I was checking to see if I wanted to become a parront and they left me with a pretty irresistible guy). I then became a foster parront to Justin, and did well enough with him that I said "Sure!" when they asked if anybody could take another budgie. I was expecting another male--with the goal of seeing if they liked each other and could be adopted together, and instead got Emma, who I fondly refer to as "Crazy Girl".

I am new to birds, but learned clicker training with a Wheaten Terrier, thus my quick success with Justin. He pretty quickly got to where he would step up and go to a variety of people. Emma is going to be more difficult! They are all clipped, but Emma can still fly pretty well. So far, she'll eat spray millet that I am holding and even pick up any stray seeds that fall into my hand. Today, she decided it wasn't potentially fatal to allow me to take a picture of her with my phone.

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Emma and Justin hanging out with Simon. They each have their own cage, but they like to cage-hop, check out each other's toys, and see if anybody has any extra-special food. Note how Emma is pretending that there's not really a phone in her face.


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Good for you for fostering these guys! They're all beautiful birds, and I know they must feel pretty lucky to have found a 'parront' like you! Can't wait to see more of these guys around the forum!
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How wonderful and caring are you to take in these babies.
I see Emma is also in condition from this picture, be mindful of this when she is interacting with the boys !
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They are beautiful!

All three of your birds are precious and I'm glad they get on I can't wait to hear and see more about them!

In fact, if you'd like, I can go ahead and make this an ongoing thread so that you can continue to post as many pictures as you'd like
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Emma and Justin plus Simon are sure beautiful. It's nice that Emma and Justin are hanging out with Simon looks like they all will be friends with one another...
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It's great that you've taken in Simon permanently. He's a very handsome boy for sure.

I'm glad you've decided to foster Justin and Emma and perhaps you'll "fail" again in the fostering role. LOL
It appears they are both quite happy being with you!

I hope to see lots more pictures and have made your thread an "ongoing thread" at this time. Feel free to share as many pictures as you'd like.

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I see Emma is also in condition from this picture, be mindful of this when she is interacting with the boys !
How long does it take the cere to change back? I've been shortening their days and her behavior seems, oh, a bit calmer. She's not flinging food out of dishes any more, for example.
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The length of time a budgie is in breeding condition varies from budgie to budgie. Following the practices to discourage egg laying should shorten the duration.

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Hi again,

It's great to meet Simon and your second foster budgie, Emma!
I can certainly see the colour similarities between Justin and Emma, they're both beautiful. Best of luck with them!
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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.
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