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Old 12-20-2016, 09:31 PM
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Hi all,
When do I get super concerned about Frost not having eaten or drank any water since we brought him home last night? We have the seed that the pet store was feeding him and also put a couple small pieces of millet in the bottom of the cage, but I'm pretty sure he hasn't touched any of it. He's always in the same place whenever we check on him. We even tried leaving him alone with just some soothing music playing for awhile today in hopes he would get comfortable enough to leave his perch and eat or drink. He still seems to be pooping normally. What do we do to encourage him to eat and drink?

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Don't worry

You've only just got him and most birds won't even eat for the second day, either. It's okay, he will be fine for a bit longer. Leaving the room and having soothing music on for him is a great idea to help him get more comfortable to leave his perch and go down to eat or drink

I'm glad he's pooping normally! That's good

As he settles in, he will eat and drink on his own. Try not to be concerned, budgies also drink very little so most likely you won't be able to tell when he does take a drink.
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It is very normal for Frost not to eat or drink initially.
Cover the top and three sides of his cage, and play some music for him as you have been.

If he's pooping, he's eating when you aren't around.
Budgies can be quite sneaky about taking little sips of water when you aren't looking so don't be concerned.

You shouldn't try to touch or hold Frost.
He needs at least two weeks to settle into his new environment.

Taming and Bonding is all about helping your budgie learn to trust you and it takes a great deal of time and patience on your part.
You should never grab your budgie or force him to be touched.
To bond with your budgie, you need to build his trust in you.
He will have to learn over time that you will not hurt him, grab him and try to force him to allow you to hold him.

To build your budgieís trust, sit by his cage and read, talk or sing quietly to him for a period of at least 10-15 minutes, 3 or 4 times day. After the 2nd or 3rd day, rest your hand on the outside of the cage when you talk to him so he'll learn that your hand is safe and will not hurt him .

After a week, rest your hand inside the cage when you talk.
Donít make sudden moves, donít try to touch him .
Let him get used to the idea that the hand is now in his safe place and not harming him .

After 2 weeks, begin moving your hand slowly toward your budgie. If he becomes agitated, stop moving your hand and just hold very still until he calms down. When he's comfortable with your hand near him , you can offer him a bit of millet or a few seeds. In a few more days, you can begin your taming and bonding sessions.

Always work at your budgie's pace.
Move slowly and talk reassuringly and calmly to him whenever you interact with him .
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Thank you all! We haven't tried to touch him as he's still very nervous. He has started chirping a couple times when we come in and talk to him. My son has been reading to him because he feels funny just talking to him. ? Also, we added a couple of toys to his cage that we bought at the pet store tonight, so hopefully he'll start to feel more comfortable soon. I just didn't want him to go too long without eating or drinking, but sounds like this is normal. Thanks so much for putting this new budgie mom's mind at ease! ?
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Reading to him is a great idea!

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