So he's a bit of back story. I bought my budgie (Blue) from a pet store (I know, I know - bad idea... but somebody has to give them a home) 2 months ago. Judging by the grey around his eyes he's was roughly 4 months old when I picked him up, 6 months old now.
I had been reading up on budgies since January and finally decided to get one.
I try giving Blue plenty of attention daily and have him where he trusts my hand, but he still prefers his cage and will actively try avoiding my hand afraid I'll take him out. He's also always made a "tsk" or sneezing sound, which I feel like is him trying to be aggressive, although he's never once bitten me. What else can I do to help him bond? I'm wondering if he'd be happier if I bought another bird for him as a companion. I've also avoided mirrors as I've read they'll begin to bond with their own reflection.
Also, how long does it normally take for budgies to start playing? I've tried multiple types of toys (rings, shredding toys, ladders, balls) and he just doesn't seem interested in anything but looking out the window.
I've even considering a bigger cage for him as I'm wondering if his is too small. I believe the dimensions are something like 16" x 18" x 24".
Some budgies don't know how to play with toys and have to be taught they are fun. You can ring the bells on the toys, walk your fingers up the ladder, etc. Make excited noises letting him know how much fun you are having.
With regard to taming and bonding - it varies from budgie to budgie.
It's all about helping your budgie learn to trust you.
Working with Blue on a regular and consistent basis is important.
Take a look at the stickies in the Taming and Bonding section of the forum.
These two are good ones to start with:
If you do believe Blue would benefit from having a friend, remember the new bird needs to be quarantined. After quarantine the two should first be introduced in neutral territory. Some budgies are much happier when they have a same species friend to bond and play with.
Quarantine means housing your new bird in a different cage in a different room as far away as possible from the room where your current bird(s) are housed for a period of 30-45 days.
Budgies mask symptoms when they are ill. Symptoms may not show up for over two weeks.
Often you will not even realize your bird is not well. Many budgie illnesses are airborne which is why you need to quarantine your new bird in a completely different room.
It is also a good idea to always take a new budgie in to see an Avian Vet for a "well-birdie" check-up. This allows you to develop a good relationship with the vet and the vet can establish a baseline for your bird in case of any future illnesses or injuries.
If you choose to get a friend for Blue and plan to house them together, you will need to get a larger cage to accommodate them.
The very minimum recommended size for two budgies would be 30" Long x 18" wide x 18" High. Bigger is always better though as long as you ensure the spacing between the bars is no more than 1/2"
Please take the time to read through all of the How To Guides, the FAQs and the stickies located at the top of each section of the forum.
You'll find most of your basic questions about budgies and caring for them will have been answered after you've read through all of them.
Thanks for all the advice. After today I think he's just a very social bird and wants company. I recorded a video of him chirping a long with music, then accidentally replayed it. He also jumped out of his feather from excitement at the song of a bird chirping.
Hi. I've started sitting in front of the cage of one my budgies making budgie sounds and even doing some head bobbing. She seems to like the engagement and after a while starts chirping and head bobbing buck at me! Yes, I look--and sound--a little silly, but she does seem to like it!
Hmm.... so he's actually a she. Well I guess that's going to make finding a partner a bit more complicated. Now from what I've read I have to make sure any companion is a male since two hens can lead to fighting from what I've read.
Any tips of making sure you get a male? There doesn't appear to be any reputable breeders in my area, so a pet store is likely the option again.
You should always be ready and able to house the two birds separately if necessary.
In most cases they can be given out of cage time together under supervision.
This is not to say that you will have a problem no matter which gender you get as a friend for Blue. It is simply to ensure you recognize the possibilities and are willing to deal with them in case the two birds do not do well in the same cage.