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Birb 09-20-2016 06:38 PM

New to this forum and need some advice please!

I just got my budgie (Birb, silly name.. I know hehe) back in July of this year. I've been spending almost every day with Birb (I've been on a break from work since July) He's always with me.. on my finger, on my lap, cuddling with me! He's so attached to me that he breaks out of his cage to go to me.

However, I'll be going back to work soon and will be working from 9AM to 6PM (not including travel time) and I'm worried he might get too lonely or depressed. Is there anything I can do to avoid that? If only I could take him to work! With how clingy he is, I'm afraid of how he'll be when I go back to work. Any advice?

Btw I LOVE this forum!

aluz 09-20-2016 07:04 PM

Welcome to the forums! :)
If you are relatively new to budgies, the information on the several articles and sticky threads at the top of each section will be extremely useful ad of benefit to you and your budgie

If there is no one else in the household that can keep your budgie company, you can leave the radio on for him while you are out and place some extra toys on the cage to hopefully keep him busy.
In due time and by watching your Birb's behaviour, you will have a better understanding on how to proceed. If he adjusts well to this change and remains happy, then you can keep this arrangement. If not, then you might consider getting him a same species friend.

Good luck!

Therm 09-20-2016 07:53 PM

Ana has given you great advice.

I wonder if you can also try and spend some time away from him to get him prepared for your return to work? Leaving him for a couple of hours and see how he does and try and increase it a little, just to ease the idea of you not being there all the time.

Also, please make sure you sort out his cage so he can't break out of it when you're not there. He could get injured escaping the cage or if he's outside of his cage while you're at work. How does he escape exactly?

FaeryBee 09-20-2016 09:10 PM

Hi! :welcome: to Talk Budgies

aluz and Therm have both offered you excellent advice.
It is very important you determine how Birb is escaping from his cage. If it is that he can open one of the doors, you will need to secure them. If it is because the spacing between the bars is greater than 1/2", then you'll need to get him a different cage.
He can easily become injured trying to escape or after escaping from the cage when you are not at home. :scare:

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Birb 09-20-2016 09:48 PM

Thank you all kindly for your replies! I'll try to gradually spend time away from him to prepare him. And I'm already in search for a better cage for Birb. He lifts the cage door open to get out so I'll secure it.

Again, thank you all for your helpful replies!

FaeryBee 09-20-2016 09:52 PM

Ah -- the guillotine-type doors should always be secured.
Not only can budgies escape through them, they can be badly injured if a door falls on them as they are entering or exiting the cage. :eek:

I'm glad you are looking for an upgrade for him.
The bigger the cage you can give him, the better (just ensure the spacing between the bars is no more than 1/2") :D

philw 09-20-2016 10:17 PM

Steve really likes TV and is often interested in certain programs
(some more than others). Maybe you could put a timer on mid-day
to break the quiet time and some noise and activity from "the tube".

StarlingWings 09-20-2016 10:38 PM

Hi there and :welcome: to the forums!

It's great to have you and little Birb around here :D You've received excellent advice. Being able to get him used to your absence while you're there to watch him "from the shadows" is a good idea :)

I hope that things go well for you both as you return to your normal work schedule. My girl has adjusted to my similar schedule quite well, and she is also very bonded to me, so I believe that in time Birb will adjust ;)

Keep us posted on how he's doing soon!

In the meantime, be sure to read through the forums and the links provided to ensure you're up to date on the very best of budgie care practices! If you have any questions afterwards, feel free to ask as we'd love to help :thumbsup:

Of course, we'd also love to see pictures of your little guy when you get a chance :photo:

Cheers! :wave:

Bubs 09-21-2016 04:28 PM

Hi Birb! I had just the same situation. I've had Bubs since 22nd July and then had to go back after the hols in Sept. I was dreading it. We leave the radio on and he has been just fine. I can only let him out twice instead of 3 or 4 times a day. If he had been unhappy I would have got another budgie. I hope he adjusts well and you have peace of mind leaving him? Nat/Bubs

Birb 09-22-2016 06:45 PM

Hi all! So Birb has been pretty well with me being gone (as it seems). I leave my tablet running music or shows and when I come home he gets all giddy hehe. Thank you all for the advice!

I do, however, have one more concern. Over the past few days, Birb has been doing this little "peep" or "squeak". He vocalizes normally (he can chirp and squak) but he's been "peeping" often. I just wanted to know if this was normal. I managed to capture it on video (around :12) and hopefully it uploaded to the site correctly.



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Looks like the video didn't post. Here's a YouTube link:

I'd like to mention too that he's a really chatty budgie! I'm hoping he just picked up this new sound from my tablet playing sounds.

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