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Old 11-08-2016, 07:05 AM
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Hello everyone

So after reading threw some threads and searching for my request I decided to open a post because I couldn't find an answer to our buddies behaviour. If this was already a topic we are happy to get the link to the related thread!

Our newest flock member Mr. Spock is in quarantine since around 4 days now (see our introduction post for story: https://talkbudgies.com/introductions...g-ourself.html)! He is doing mostly fine: he eats, he poops, he drinks and he seems to be attentive and aware what's happening around him! So far so good! But what we are not sure about is his acrobatic behaviour in his cage... He climbs alot and it looks like he tries to get out of the cage... what worries us is the way he does it! We both are scared that he could hurt himself with his behaviour! He already got his wing out of the cage once and we don't want that he breaks it... apparently he falls frequently... espacially when he heres Xena in the other room calling for him...

I uploaded 2 videos of him and ask you to have a look and maybe advice what we could change to have him a little bit more quiet and relaxed:

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Mr. Spock aka. AcrobatReader 2 - YouTube
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Mr. Spock aka. AcrobatReader - YouTube
Hope the links work! First upload on youtube!

Thanks already for some advice!

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Old 11-08-2016, 07:14 AM
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Mr. Spock is just playing and trying to entertain himself.
Do you sit and talk with him when he plays?
He almost appears to be trying to get your attention.

What are the dimensions of the cage he is in currently?
If there are spots where the paint/powder coating have come off of the cage, you will want to ensure you get him a different one soon to ensure there is no risk of heavy metal poisoning.

I would suggest you add toys to the cage to give Mr. Spock something to play with to entertain himself.

Definitely a swing, some wooden toys for chewing and a shredder toy would be a good start.

Please take a look at the information in these links:

https://talkbudgies.com/housing-budgi...age-sizes.html
https://talkbudgies.com/housing-budgi...reat-cage.html
https://talkbudgies.com/general-budgi...directory.html

Best wishes!
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Hi there,

That behaviour is common especially in younger budgies, some will even try to squeeze in between the perch of their food containers and climb onto the cage's ceiling in a playful manner.
The fact that Mr. Spock is able to hear Xena can also contribute to his more excited state. By hearing Xena, he wants to reach out to her and gets more anxious.
In order to get Mr. Spock more calm and settled, you can cover the cage on 3 sides (leaving the front part uncovered) and closing the doors of both rooms in order to muffle the back and forth chirping/flock calling. You can also have some background noise from the TV or radio on both rooms. This will also be helpful as your budgie adjusts during quarantine.
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Old 11-08-2016, 09:17 AM
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"Do you sit and talk with him when he plays?
He almost appears to be trying to get your attention."
- Yes we do. Not the whole day and we also try to spend time with Xena. Mostly we try to have him next to us when we work on the computer so he hase something to be "entertainet" with!

What are the dimensions of the cage he is in currently?
I am aware that his cage is not really what I consider a reasonable size... It is our transportation cage in case of illness... So its around 25x38x45 and round on top... It seems like we got to replace it asap cause its quit old and like you said color is coming of on some parts. Thanks alot to point that out! I may head to the petstore today!!


I would suggest you add toys to the cage to give Mr. Spock something to play with to entertain himself.
Unfortunately there is not really space in the cage for any toys... the only fitting once are plastic and we would like to avoid that! So guess we got to solve it by getting a bigger one asap... we have toys from the big cage left so we got that covered!

Thanks for the links we will have a look at it before purchasing the cage!

That behaviour is common especially in younger budgies, some will even try to squeeze in between the perch of their food containers and climb onto the cage's ceiling in a playful manner.
Thats odd... we specifically asked for an older budgie cause we were adviced not to put a young male to our 2 year old female... But well... the described behaviour fits exactly his manners!

The fact that Mr. Spock is able to hear Xena can also contribute to his more excited state. By hearing Xena, he wants to reach out to her and gets more anxious.
In order to get Mr. Spock more calm and settled, you can cover the cage on 3 sides (leaving the front part uncovered) and closing the doors of both rooms in order to muffle the back and forth chirping/flock calling. You can also have some background noise from the TV or radio on both rooms. This will also be helpful as your budgie adjusts during quarantine.

We actually have both doors shut and in each room a source of music like tv or radio and there is always someone with at least one of them! But I think the calling is oukay... the dont do it on constant base... It is more the hurtin himself what stresses us out! Thanks for the tips about covering and relaxing them! We appreciate it!

greetings from snowy Thun (switzerland)
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From the videos, I can tell that your Mr. Spock is young.
His cere still has the immature purplish colour and he still has remnants of his baby barring on the forehead area. The irises on the eyes are also yet to develop.
By looking at him, I'd say he is currently 5 months old.
Those little stunts and acrobatic moves are very normal and aren't a cause for concern. He will soon calm down once he is fully settled and after quarantine time is over and the introductions are made, he will also have Xena's support.
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Thanks Aluz for your informations! Like i mentioned that is kind of surprising news for us due to the fact we asked for an older budgie... But we are happy to hear that on one side cause now we have the baby time with him so we shall make good use of it!

Update in the cage:
I went out today and got a bigger cage for little Mr. Spock! I wanted actually just a slightly bigger one then the one before but apparently in switzerland stores are not allowed to sell that size... I know i could have got one online but it seemed to be urgent cause the old one was... well old and small...

Fun fact on the side, I had a chat with the store owner and she reacted shocked when I told her we have Mr. Spock in quarantine and she said nowadays you dont do that anymore and that its a bad punishment for the budgies and we should put them together asap... Just wonder what you guys think! We will NOT put them together and we WILL go on with the quarantine until end of november!

Have a nice evening everyone!
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You're very welcome!

Unfortunately, the advice given by the pet store owner wasn't the best: https://talkbudgies.com/new-budgie-ar...necessary.html
Unless all budgies in the store have been examined and given a clean bill of health by a qualified avian vet specialist and proof of the examination is given upon the purchase of the budgie, the best course of action is to always quarantine the new pet bird before introducing him/her to the existing budgie(s).

Quarantine is not a punishment for the budgies because upon getting a new budgie, no bond has yet been established between your budgie and the new one and when quarantine is done correctly, the budgies won't even know of each other's presence.

It's also not advisable to immediately place the new budgie into the other budgie's cage without first making the proper introductions.
By rushing through things and by not giving the budgies a chance to slowly acclimate to one another, the chances for fights to happen and for the environment to be less than ideal are higher.

This link may be of use: https://talkbudgies.com/new-budgie-ar...o-budgies.html
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I'll leave the advice to the experts but I just want to say he is very cute...! With a great name.
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