Hey guys, I've just joined this site and it's a pleasure to be here!
So many budgies everywhere! The cuteness is too much haha.
I have kept budgies for many years, I currently have just the one, 6 year old Billy the budgie!
I am receiving a 5 week old baby at some point during this week. I have never had one so young, so as much as I am looking forward to loving this little guy, I'm also a little terrified. The breeder says it is weaned but still has formula as it's good for him/her and hand feeding helps to bond.
I was just wondering if anyone could give me a little guidance so I can make sure this lil guy is healthy and happy!
I am in contact with the breeder so will be asking how long to keep the bird on formula etc, but I thought some other personal advice could be a great help too!
My advice would be to ensure budgie is fully weaned and eating on its own for at least two weeks before bringing it to your home.
The extra weeks are an important time for the budgie to socialize with the father and siblings to learn how to be a budgie.
Thank you for your super quick response. Naturally I am scoring every bit of research I can get my hands on.
I did think it seemed a little early but the breeder seems assured they are ready.
I've attached a picture, it will be one of these I will be bringing home.
Do they look of age?
Thank you again for any responses!
Some breeders will allow the people adopting their birds to take them early.
I would personally insist on the bird staying with the breeder until 8 weeks old so that it has the time for proper socialization. The emotional well-being of the bird will be enhanced by having time to learn to be a budgie.
If the breeder is a reputable individual he/she should honor your request to have the baby remain with it's siblings for the three extra weeks.
From the photo you posted, their age does match for 5 weeks old.
I agree that it would be best for the little one to stay at the breeders house for a while longer, to give it more time to become more confident and to solidify this new-found independence after being fully weaned.
It's also not advisable for someone with no prior experience in hand feeding budgies to do so with a budgie chick who is still finishing the weaning process.
The change itself to the new house/family can have a negative impact and make the little one to reverse in terms of the progress made in the weaning.
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What adorable babies You must be excited to be able to adopt one of these little cuties!
I agree with the advice given above For the little one's mental and physical health, you really must tell the breeder to keep him/her for longer. Although I would want to take him right away, too (with those fluffy cheeks, who wouldn't! ) but if you ever start to feel like that day will never come remember good things come to those who wait
I can't wait to meet him or her in a few weeks
In the meantime, be sure to read through the links provided as they will help to get you fully prepared to welcome your new little one home! If you have any questions afterwards, please do ask as we'd love to help
Hope to see you around, and it's great to have you with us!
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As a breeder, none of my birds go to their new home until they are 8 weeks old. That way, I know they are fully eating on their own, and know how to do fun budgie things like playing with toys, trying new foods, having a bath, free flight time, as well as know how to step up.
I always invite the new owners to drop by anytime to interact with their chick, and start a bond. Perhaps you could do the same thing with your breeder?
Billy is over 5 years old and has the sweetest demeanor, but he cannot stand this little girl for some reason. He is so protective over everything, especially the mirrors! I put their cage's together and he takes over. He's practically claimed all her toys! And will peck her hard at any given chance!!
He hates to come out usually but he has happily came out to sit on a stick of millet on the table since the new bird has been here!!
DaCota has been hand raised, but natually after seeing another bird, wants to check it out as is she is curious! She wants to be friends with him so bad! She will come to me easily with millet, but I don't want her to be missing out on quality bird time,
They call for each other if they are on the other side of the room, and are both so restless If they don't see each other other, but then peck?! I am so lost on how to help them both!
It seems it best to keep them separate. Some bird just do not want to be with others and that sounds like how your Billy feels. Also it has been said that mirrors are not good for birds and can cause serious mental health issues. I would recommend removing the mirrors. Then after some time has passed maybe try some out of cage time with them under supervision.
Also, if you have just picked up your new baby you really should be quarantining her for 30+ days to make sure she is healthy. Please see the sticky about this. Then and only the should you slowly introduce them. There are also stickies about that.
I'm guessing you didn't quarantine your new girlie for 45 days before putting them in the same room, hey? A quarantine is for more than just making sure no one is sick; it's also for letting the budgies slowly get used to each other. First they hear each other, then they see each other, and after a few days of the cages next to each other it's best if they are introduced together in a neutral space with all new toys so no one feels defensive.
Of course your Billy is going to be possessive. This is HIS HOUSE and now there's some new budgie here all of a sudden?! With all these new toys?? He's bigger than her, older than her, and more sure of himself than her, so he's gonna take them for himself!
I suggest not letting them out at the same time, and certainly don't let them into each others' cages. Play with both budgies, one at a time, in the same room as the other budgie is in. Alternate who comes out first each day. If one or the other tries to hurt or be mean, redirect their attention somewhere else. It's too late for a full proper quarantine now, but you can restart the introduction process.
What is your end goal? Living in the same cage? Tolerating each other? I do believe your Billy is getting too old for good breeding, but I'm not a breeder and there are many seasoned breeders here that can correct me if I'm wrong.