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Old 10-27-2016, 01:34 PM
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Question New owner, Two male budgies

Hi, I've had two male budgies for just over a week. One of them is settling in well and i can get him on a perch without having to bribe him and he has also been on my hand. The other however seem terrified of me and i can't get him onto a perch and won't take millet from me, whenever i move or come near the cage he looks alert and scared. The budgies will sit together but the scared budgie refuses to let the other groom him, i think this is because the other budgie tried to pull his leg tags off(the other doesn't have any) shall i get them removed? I put my hand on/in the cage and speak to them to try and settle him in, i am also sat in the same room as them pretty much the entire time i am home and they are close to me while i am doing my everyday things, but i seem to be making no progress with him and i'm not sure what to do. My friend also recently got two male budgies and they have settled in quickly with each other, grooming each other a lot which seems to have made them more settled with their owner. I am becoming afraid that because one isn't settling in that it will have a negative effect on the other budgie settling in with me.

Edit: I bought them from a pet shop, The pets in there don't look like they are looked after well


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Congraultions on your little ones They sound very sweet

Both of them are showing that they are terrified in different ways, actually. Budgies are often submissive and compacent before they have been allowed time to settle in, and will seem more tame by perching on your hand, etc. Other times, budgies will simply shy away from all human contact. Both reactions indicate that your budgies are not yet ready to begin the taming process

First, be sure to give them two weeks to settle in before touching them at all. This will help them to get used to their environment and allow the initial stress of moving in with you to dissipate. During this time you can sit by their cage and read, sing, or talk softly to them, to help them get used to your presence. As they get more comfortable with their environment, they will also get more used to each other and most likely be more receptive towards one another.

However, if there ever is any actual bullying going on where one or both budgies may suffer from physical harm, it's important to separate them into different cages right away

After they are comfortable in your presence, you can begin the taming process.

Also, be sure to read through all the forum "stickies" (threads "stuck" to the top of each subforum for easy reference) as well as budgie articles to ensure you're up to date on the very best of budgie care practices.

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Star has given you excellent advice and I agree with her 100%

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Old 10-30-2016, 05:28 PM
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Hello and welcome

I've had my budgies for only a week too, and my experience has been to take it one day at a time. Birds are like people - we all have different personalities and fears, which is the same for birds.

A week really isn't all that long, and they'll still be getting used to their environment. Just keep talking to them, do your usual routine, and as long as you're not grabbing at them all the time, they'll soon learn that you're not a threat.

Good luck!!
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