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Old 11-01-2016, 06:34 AM
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Hello my name is Jasmine I've recently just bought two new budgies one is 7 weeks old and one is 5 weeks old. I've put them in the cage and they have plenty of food, seed, millet, apricot stick, honey bell. They also have toys such as a mirror some rings and bells hanging from their cage but I'm a bit concerned on whether they're settling in alright. They're very tame, will sit on your hands for ages with no issue and as for eating it's perfectly fine. They clean themselves, and do normal things any budgie would do. But my issue is that they're very quiet. Ronnie (he's the 7 week old budgie, green/yellow in color with darker green/black on his wings/back) while Reggie is the 5 week old baby budgie who is blue/yellow face and black/white wings. They don't move around the cage much unless they need food or water, they're not scared of me because they'll come onto my finger no problem. They tend to sleep a lot and don't make a lot of noise. Bearing in mind it is Autumn and it's getting colder in weather I thought maybe they may be why they're not talking as much because of hibernation or something? Also I'd just like to bear in mind I haven't had them very long they've only been in the cage together for about 1-2 weeks. I change their cage once a week on a schedule, change their water everyday and also change their seed when it's extremely low so that they never get hungry. They don't play with their toys much, and their poop is very sticky and not runny, maybe they're still settling in and getting used to each other? Or maybe it's because of the weather? I'm not exactly sure, but I love the budgies so much they're basically my babies and I wouldn't want anything to happen to them. These are also the first budgies I've ever owned myself, I don't want to go straight to a vet because I could be paying up to 60-100 pound to find out nothing is wrong with them. I'd like to get some advice first before taking the next step. I should also mention that Reggie (the blue budgie) was replaced with Ronnie's brother because I was planning to put all 3 of them together but had to remove Ronnie's brother because he was attacking the little 5 week old baby. Any advice would be helpful thanks as like I've said this is the first time I've ever had budgies of my own and my knowledge isn't perfect. I should also mention just to leave it here, I do open the cage when I'm in the room with them to allow them to fly around the room for exercise and explore the room also, I make sure to cover up anything I see as dangerous that could hurt them or harm them in any way. Any advice would be great thank you.


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Old 11-01-2016, 07:07 AM
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I'm very surprised any breeder would allow a 5 week old baby budgie to be adopted.
It is especially worrisome since you are a first time budgie owner. Budgies need time with their budgie families to be fully fledged, weaned and to learn to be a budgie.
Eight weeks is the minimum age for adoption as they may regress prior to that.

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Are you positive the 5 week old is getting enough food?
Are you offering egg food and vegetables to the budgies?
If the littlest isn't eating, you may need to supplement his diet with hand-feeding formula.

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Old 11-01-2016, 07:24 AM
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Yes I've made sure the little blue budgie is eating, and he's eating perfectly fine. I've read up a little and I have put egg food in for him but he doesn't want to eat the egg food, but I put regular seed in and also millet and he seems to be eating those perfectly fine. I know it seems cruel to remove them from the nest young, I completely agree with you but I bought him from a bird auction along with the green one from someone who had him in an aviary. I understand completely and if I felt there were any issues with him I'd seek medical advice immediately but because of him eating and drinking perfectly normal (of course with me keeping a close eye on him) I didn't see any issues. Could that be why both birds are extremely quiet do you think?
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Both budgies are very quiet because they are so very young.
You can cover the top and three sides of their cage to help them feel more secure.

Play music for them when you are not with them talking to them.

Spend time simply sitting next to their cage talking, singing or reading to them.

Realize it is going to take a few weeks before they are able to settle in.
Because they are so young, you will probably have to teach them how to play with their toys when the time comes.
They won't know what they are or how to play with them.

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I understand that completely. I wouldn't want to rush my new budgies and make them feel scared or too uncomfortable in their surroundings, I play classical/ambient music for them all of the time and they seem to enjoy it. Honestly because they're my first two budgies I want to make sure I do everything right for them so that they feel secure and that they're going to be okay and protected in their new space. I keep a regular eye on them not scaring them or making them feel unsafe but I do sit by the cage and just quietly watch their behavior and also how they interact so I know for certain that they're just new nervous budgies trying to settle into their home. So I know that they aren't ill or sick or unhealthy.
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I'm glad you are taking things slowly and at their pace, Jasmine. I'm sure you are going to be an excellent Budgie-Mom.

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Hi Jasmine and to the forums!

Reggie and Ronnie are absolutely adorable little birds! I agree completely with all the advice that FaeryBee has given you. They need more time to settle in, and remember that all budgies settle in at different paces.

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I understand, like I said before I won't rush them at all, of course I'll let them settle in at their own pace because otherwise they'll just be scared and uncomfortable and that's the last thing I want. Just another quick question as I'm curious to know, is this cage a good set-up because I want to make sure they have all of the things they need while settling in and of course in the near future.

Toys wise:
Yellow ladder with colorful steps
Different colored beads on a metal pole (big enough so they can't chew or swallow)
Pink mirror with bell at the bottom
Plastic Budgie (on the perch)
Colorful rings (with bell attached at bottom)
Colorful balls (with bell attached at bottom)
Swing (again NOT Sand Perched at all completely made out of wood with metal hanger to clip onto the cage)

Perches:
All Wooden Perches (NOT Sand Perches at all because of worry of infections on feet)

Food Wise:
Two Plastic containers with Trill Seed
Millet on both sides of cage for both budgies (so they don't fight)
Apricot stick
Honey Bell

MUST HAVE:
Iodine Block
Cuttlefish
Birdbath at bottom of the cage

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