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Background: I inherited a Budgie last year from an elderly woman who spent very little time with it other than to look at it. When I first got this little guy it did nothing but flap and fall to the bottom of the cage if anyone walked past it. Daily feeding and cage cleaning was an even more traumatic time.

Since last year I have placed the Budgie in my home office where she (or maybe he) can spend most of the day with me. Although it no longer falls to the bottom of the cage - and like to watch me work on my laptop - it still shies away when feeding/cleaning time comes around.

I would love to see her play or even leave her cage once in awhile. Is there anything I can do? I am not expecting miracles - but I would love to help this little bird have a happier life.

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Thank you for taking in the little budgie and giving him/her a better home.

If you post a full frontal picture of the cere taken in natural light, we can help you determine your budgie's gender. What is the little bird's name?

Moving the cage into your home office where you can talk to the budgie throughout the day was definitely a good step. If you can, start sitting next to the cage three or four times a day for about 10 minutes and simply rest your hand on the outside of the cage while you talk to your budgie. This will go a long way in helping it learn to trust you.

When you change the food and water, move as if you are doing everything in slow motion and talk reassuringly to the budgie during the time you are doing it.

When your budgie no longer panics when you are changing its food and water, then you can move on to the next step which is simply holding your hand in the cage while you talk to it. Don't move your hand, just hold it perfectly still. You can hold a bit of seed or millet in your palm and hopefully after a few days, the budgie will become curious enough to try taking a bit from you.

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greetings faerybee advice is truly great and very helpful.i also agree with her as well.talking with your budgie as you move about or while cleaning its cAge gently will help relax your budgie some.for awhile it will be alittle scared at first.it took m5 budgie about 2 weeks for her to get used to me changing her bottom and food,water cups daily.

Also music and tv helps as well.plus covering 3 sides of its cAge leaving the front uncovered,it gives them some peace of mind until it settles in.budgies are a wonderful and gentle loving bird.they can learn words and whistles or certain sounds well.

I wish you and your budgie many happy years together.Blessings and we're here for you.
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Hi there and to the forums!

You've been given great advice from FaeryBee and I have no more of consequence to add

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Hope to see you around and best of luck with your little budgie!

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Thank you for all the information and support! Although I read all that my local library has on Parakeets - I have learned more on their behavior and habits tonight than all my previous studies!

Although I was being slow in movement, I was also being quiet so as not to startle my little Bird Bird. (She did not have a name when she came to live with me. I started saying good morning Bird Bird whenever I came in the room - so I guess that is her name.)

Tonight I went in a couple of times and stood by her cage and either talked or sang to her for a few minutes. The last time - not only did she not get agitated as she normally does - she almost fell asleep! She woke up as soon as I moved - but as soon as I sat at my desk she went over to the balls hanging in her cage and shook them a little. Enough to ring the little bell! This is something she has never done before. She does not play. I was so moved that I just sat there with tears in my eyes. I am just so happy for her!

Thank you!

I am going to continue working with her (Yes, I figured out she is a girl) and maybe with time she will begin chirping and making noise.
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There truly is NOTHING like the first time something like this happens!

And yes, this site, with all it's members having real life experience with keeping budgies, and the wealth of info available, really helps getting started and understand these little beings

Oh, and don't you worry, she almost certainly WILL start making her presence felt by getting vocal, nothing as sweet as a budgie, sitting chattering along, sometimes giving a toy a real telling off, just you wait.

I remember when my Fido came to life, so to speak, also started with a little nibble at a toy, then a little more and so on, then all of a sudden, he started chatting along and he hasn't stopped since
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How lovely for her that you rescued her, and even more exciting some positives are happening. Silence is actually assign of danger to budgie, the more noise the better. Play some music, sit and read out loud so your voice becomes a normal occurrence.
I am sure with a little patience and all the love you will be having more lovely moments with Bird bird.
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Terri,

I'm so very pleased to hear you've already made a bit of progress with Bird Bird!
As you spend time talking to hear and letting her know she is a pretty and very special girl, she will open up and begin to trust you more and more.
Budgies love inflection when you are talking to them. Higher pitched voices with excited sounds are something most budgies respond to favorably.
Interestingly, many of us end up talking "baby-talk" to our birds.

I look forward to frequent updates about your little sweetheart and we'd love to see a picture of her if you have one (or more) you'd like to share.

Best wishes!
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Hi.. so happy for Bird Bird that you took her in. I have a little guy, Rigby, who is also a rescue. He did the flap around and fall to the bottom of the cage thing, too. I have to say, it is very slow going for Rigby and me. Some things are way better, but he is still VERY easily frightened. He does calm to my voice, which is great. It sounds like you are doing a wonderful job and have gotten great advice here. The only thing I can add is to have tons of patience. Your little Bird Bird will begin to feel safer and willing to trust.. for my Rigby, it's in little baby steps. He really wants to be more trusting, he's just overwhelmed by fear. So, we go slow. It sounds like you and Bird Bird are already taking positive steps forward...
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Terri, Bird Bird sounds lovely and I'm so glad she's settling in so well! It definitely sounds like she's getting more comfortable by the day.

I commend you for taking in this little girl and for devoting such care and love to her

Definitely keep us updated--we're all hoping to see and hear lots more of her in the days to come
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