After some research we decided to get our first budgie - say hello to Mortimer.
I have a few questions I would like to ask the more experienced members.
Firstly how old would you say he is?
We are at work most of the day so was planning to get a second bird. Where we got him from suggested we wait 6 weeks before introducing a new bird so as to give him time to bond with us and so we can train him is this something commonly done?
Last night was his first night home he ate some seed and enjoyed an explore chirping at us then settled down to sleep - he doesn't like being covered so I read you can leave a lamp on and he liked this - slept through the night and was chirping this morning. Should I train him to like the cover? If so how is best to do this?
Thank you all in advance.
Aw! Mortimer to me looks more like a female but I can be TOTALLY wrong! I'm not that great at this so hopefully the more knowledged members can help you out :thumbup:
I would suggest using millet as a way of training. You can also do so by speaking softly to your feathered friend in a calming voice. I waited for my birds to settle in for a week before really doing any taming so they can get adjusted to their surround. All I did was talk to them but thats just me. Some people have their bird step up right away and some take longer. :)
If you want to cover the cage, maybe you can try doing only three sides? I would leave the front open if it really scares him but cover the back of the cage and the sides. Not all birds like to be covered but I live in Canada so it helps keep them warm and cozy!
Best of luck to your little friend! Hopefully taming becomes a breeze!
Hi! :welcome: to Talk Budgies
Mortimer is a cutie! If you post some full-frontal pictures taken in natural light (no flash/no direct sunlight) we can better determine Mortimer's gender.
I would recommend waiting a minimum of 6 months to allow Moritmer time to get acclimated and bond with you before deciding whether or not to get him a friend. Some budgies are quite happy as solo birds.
If you do get another, you will need to be sure to quarantine it.
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.
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After quarantine, you would then slowly introduce the two budgies in neutral territory.
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Hi there and :welcome: to the forums!
Mortimer is adorable :love: I agree that he seems to look like a girl, because of the whiteness of his cere, but more pictures can refute or confirm that :D
Meanwhile, I would say he's 4-5 months old.
Meanwhile, be sure to read though the forums, starting with the links provided! You will find all you need to know on the best practices for budgie care here ;)
If you have any questions, be sure to ask as we'd love to help!
It's difficult to take a good quality photo with my phone but hopefully this will be ok.
Welcome to the forums and the ever exciting world of budgie ownership! :)
Your new budgie friend is a cutie, congratulations! :party:
From all the photos you have posted (including the latest one), the cere seems to be mainly white in colour and if that is what you see for real then you do have a young female budgie.
Best of luck with Mortimer!
Hello and welcome, Mortimer! 😊 He/she is very cute.
For what it's worth, one cage of my budgies also don't like being covered, so I just cover the back and the sides, leaving the front uncovered. We live in Australia though, where the nights aren't so cold, and their cage is also inside.
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