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Old 07-16-2016, 04:45 PM
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Hiya

I'm collecting a baby budgie tomorrow and wondered what I need to do to make sure he/she settles in OK.

I've got the cage all ready with toys etc but I wondered how long I need to give Bluey time to settle in before trying to interact with him/her?

It's the first time I've got a budgie from scratch and I want to make sure I do everything right so that our relationship gets off to a good start.

Any tips would be great.

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Sara,

Congratulations on your pending new arrival!
You do know we are going to want to see after your little one has had a few days to settle in.

Budgies are often submissive for the first few days simply because they are terrified.

You can cover the top and three sides of the cage to help the budgie feel more secure. Playing music for him when you aren't around will be helpful as well. Budgies perceive no noise as meaning there may be danger.

Taming and Bonding is all about helping your budgie learn to trust you and it takes a great deal of time and patience on your part.
You should never grab your budgie or force him to be touched.
To bond with your budgie, you need to build his trust in you.
He will have to learn over time that you will not hurt him, grab him and try to force him to allow you to hold 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.

Most budgies once they pass the "baby" stage, do not like to be petted or touched.
If your budgie does like to be petted, you should only ever pet his head, neck or chest area.
Stroking a budgie's back and/or tail stimulates its breeding instinct. Bonding means allowing them to choose to be with you.
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Thank you as always for your invaluable advice. I will post pics as soon as I am able to.

Thanks again
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I completely agree with Deborah

I can't wait to meet Bluey! Congratulations
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Hi

We have our new arrival now. He/she is very quiet at the moment not moving much.

How long before Bluey should be eating? Also do I clean his/her cage tomorrow with fresh water and seed, if so how should I approach him/her?

Again I would be grateful for any advice.

Cheers

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Congratulations on your new budgie!

There is not a set amount of time where all recently bought budgies will start to eat, some will eat as soon as 20 - 30 minutes after being placed in their new cage, while others will take longer to feel comfortable enough to look for the food dish.
To facilitate eating, you can place the food container near the perch your budgie spends the most time in.
If you have millet spray, you can also attach it to the cage to encourage your budgie to eat.

As to the daily maintenance in terms of cage cleaning and changing of food/water, you can do so by avoiding sudden movements when approaching the cage and going on about the cleaning and water/food replenishment as if you are in slow motion.
Having some music or other background sound while you are tending to your budgie will also be helpful in terms of decreasing stress levels and besides that, you can also use your voice to make the first connection with your budgie and use it to your advantage also to make him/her feel more at ease.
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That's brilliant, thanks ever so much. I will post a pic as soon as Bluey has settled in properly
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Looking forward to seeing pictures soon of your Bluey , if you are not going to be around lave a small radio or tv on for company silence is a sign of danger to Budgies.
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Hiya

I picked up a new baby budgie yesterday who I've named Bluey. He was very subdued yesterday which is understandable but today he keeps looking for some way of escaping his cage. Is this normal?

Cheers

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Perfectly normal behaviour. Have you covered three sides of the cage to help your budgie feel safer?
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