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Dare 11-17-2016 02:15 AM

Is he stressed, panicked, or exploring?..
Raffa hasn't eaten much since moving into the new cage... I moved him in about 3pm yesterday, and he only ate pretty much last thing but I think that was because he didn't recognise the new bowls as having food in. When I put one of the old bowls in, he ate from it. He spent all his time clambering up and down the wires, pecking them, investigating the clear plastic surround at the bottom of the cage, and yanking at a new toy.
Used the same bowl this morning and so far he hasn't eaten. I put it in about half an hour ago, and I think he usually goes straight over.. Instead he's been doing the same as yesterday, except investigating the plastic bottom, and yanking the toy.
The other thing he's been doing, and this is since I separated the pair, not since he went into the new cage, is yanking the iodine block hard so it clangs against the cage walls. Is this frustration? Stress? Or fun? And what about the constant clambering up and down? Is he just exploring the new environment, or is he getting very stressed?

IAmStarby 11-17-2016 03:19 AM

Sounds like he's playing!!! That's how my bird plays. He likes to make noise, and "fight" things. Sounds like he's exploring and having fun!! Especially if he's chirping, that's a good sign. I would keep an eye out for the not eating thing though.

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Dare 11-17-2016 03:31 AM

Thank you. He still hasn't eaten.. I might try adding the second of those clear food bowls in that he's used to and hope Rosebud remembers the other ones are food bowls as well

bluewing 11-17-2016 10:32 AM

Yes, it is a good idea that when you are changing their environment, with new and exciting things, that you still add some elements that they remember, like food or water dishes, perches, etc, just so that they get used to their new cage and surroundings. Very important to create a bit of a stress free environment and to slowly introduce new things. .

Although he sounds like he is exploring and having some fun, he is also probably a bit stressed. I find that sometimes when our budgies make some noise, they are trying to get our attention. So, give him some attention too, and maybe add some wet greens to one of the food dishes, hold it close to your mouth while talking with / to your budgie pretending like you are eating yums yums from the dish. Then hold it and slowly try offering the wet greens in the bowl to your budgie. If he isn't flying off or scared (don't force it) and is genuinely interested he may just eat from your hand out of the bowl.

Like the food bowls, you can have both and monitor his interaction with each and see if he is eating out of them. I think my point in all of this is that you are a flock member, so you gotta show your birdie that it's okay. I know this may sound a bit weird but I try to interact with my budgies in the weirdest birdie way possible...and sometimes that means pretending like I am a part of the flock.

Of course, this doesn't mean you have to do this, it's just my way of connecting with my flock mates. In reality though, they more than likely think I am weird 'cause I don't look anything like them.

For the most part, it sounds about right -- that your budgie is exploring and trying to figure it all out with the new items that surround him. Raffa needs time to adjust. :)

Dare 11-17-2016 11:02 AM

Thank you for all the advice! He finally ate some millet around 12-1pm and has quietened down.

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