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Hi everyone. I am new to this forum and I was wondering if anyone has any tips for my 9 week old fergie to settle in. I got him on Monday afternoon and like normal he was really quiet. Yesterday he started to react to me when I whistle he whistles back. He's started to move around his cage more. My only concern is he hasn't ate or drank anything yet. Is this normal for new budgies before settling in? He has millet hanging right where he is sitting.

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Old 08-24-2016, 07:17 AM
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Welcome to the forums and congratulations on your new budgie friend!
You have certainly come to the right place as you will find all you need to know on budgie care here.
If you are relatively new to budgies, the information on the several articles and sticky threads located at the top of each section of the forums will be extremely useful.

In order to make your budgie more comfortable and to help him in the settling in process, you can cover the cage on 3 sides (leaving front part uncovered) and have some background sound from the TV or radio for him. Soothing music works very well and can even encourage your budgie to sing.

As to the water, new budgies can be especially sneaky and will take a couple of quick sips when we aren't looking.
Unless your budgie bathes or manages to dump some of the water onto the floor while mischievously playing, you won't notice a difference on the water consumption. This doesn't mean the water doesn't need to be changed on a daily basis.
Sometimes we may even have to change the water more times in just one, if the water gets soiled.

Best of luck with your new budgie friend and feel free to share some pics of him when you have the chance!
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Welcome again to the forum.

aluz has offered you excellent advice.

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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Hi Carly! I'm so glad little Fergie is settling into his new home now Aluz and FaeryBee have given the very best advice, so I'm sure that soon you will start to see him settle in more

I look forward to hearing more!
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Just a quick update on fergie settling in. He's started to eat! I noticed yesterday when I came in there was food on the bottom of his cage and as wee speak now he's raking around in his bird grit ?
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I'm glad your Fergie is settling in well.

As to the grit, budgies don't need this to help with digestion. As for minerals and calcium, this can be provided through the means of a mineral block and cuttlefish bone/calcium block.
You may want to take a look at this link: https://talkbudgies.com/diet-nutritio...ur-budgie.html
Be sure to check the info on the stickies at Diet and Nutrition section of the forums, too.
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He is starting to eat properly now . Is it normal for him to sleep a lot though? He is active during the day then at about 6-7 he goes to sleep for the rest of the night. Could this be because the pet store I got him from on Monday closes around that time so it's like a routine for him?
I'm sorry for all the questions lol I know i sound like a worried parent but after losing my last budgie I worry about everything lol.
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Yes, it does seem Fergie is used to that sleeping schedule.
Budgies and other pet birds respond very well to a set routine, so this is perfectly understandable.
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