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Old 01-30-2017, 10:04 PM
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Charlie has started pacing recently, He's been pretty bored since his mate died last week. I have a boy in quarantine that he can talk to but he doesn't try very often. He isn't tame so I can't let him fly around, he'd freak out, he has never even investigated times ive left the cage door open. I want to work on taming him but I have university midterms so I dont really have a lot of time. I have the cage by my desk and I sing to him. He never plays with the toys I buy him so that wont entertain either. I try to play budgie flock sounds to get him talking but it doesn't work for very long.
I am trying to take some time every day for individual budgie time (the new birdie is totally calm with me hanging out with him eyes closed and grinding)
What can I do to make Charlie happier? I wish I could devote more attention right now but I am on the borderline of failing classes as it is, and theres still at least three weeks of quarantine left and then however long it takes to get used to each other from their cages.
He only seems to do it around 8-9 pm. at 10 its like a switch is flipped and he goes to beak grinding, thats when its bed time. earlier if we are up early or hes tired. I try to let him sleep at least 10 hours at night.

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Old 01-31-2017, 05:19 AM
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You can have some relaxing music on low volume for him. Also reaching out to Charlie and talking to him in a calm and reassuring way will also be good in order to reduce any lingering anxiety or stress.
After your exams, it would be good to work on reconnecting with Charlie and improving the bond you have with him. Once he is more trusting of you, you can then show and teach him how to play with toys.
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So I guess you're feeling guilty that you're not studying or not giving your birds attention.

Years ago when I was studying, I would record myself (cassettes, really showing my age here) reading my study notes and leaving little gaps where I could preempt the next section to test myself when playing the recordings back. It meant that I could still be studying when doing other mundane tasks e.g. Getting ready for uni in a morning. It's not really suitable for all subjects (e.g. Maths) but helps with many and you could replay when he tends to pace if you're not free to interact with him. When you're working at your desk, think aloud "Find X.... how on earth do I... oh right...if I rearrange this one Charlie then I can......" so that you'll be chatting alongside him whilst still studying.

Best of luck with your midterms you'll soon have them and the quarantine finished and can give a bit more time to your budgies.
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You've been given great suggestions.
Talking to him as you study, as JRS mentioned, will be very helpful and you may end up with Charlie being a little Einstein Budgie as he learns right along with you.
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Thanks for the advice, we always have mellow music playing while i study, unless im watching an online lecture. I make a point of talking out loud all the time, I can't really do it while studying though, all my courses are math and science, and when i read out loud i dont actually take in the information. He is less than a 2 feet away from me most of the time though, I know he isnt mad at me, (he wouldnt even look at me for a week when I went on vacation) and he isnt screeching for attention. I sing to him during study breaks (im on the podomoro system), and he likes to sing with me
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Thanks for the advice, we always have mellow music playing while i study, unless im watching an online lecture. I make a point of talking out loud all the time, I can't really do it while studying though, all my courses are math and science, and when i read out loud i dont actually take in the information. He is less than a 2 feet away from me most of the time though, I know he isnt mad at me, (he wouldnt even look at me for a week when I went on vacation) and he isnt screeching for attention. I sing to him during study breaks (im on the podomoro system), and he likes to sing with me
Well I think that you're doing great!
Just remind yourself that exams & quarantine will be over soon and push any of that budgie guilt aside so that you can concentrate on your exams for now - Charlie isn't going to turn neurotic from a little bit of pacing and he has a lovely surprise coming his way soon.
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I agree with JRS -- you're doing a great job and Charlie might just be a wee bit spoiled wanting your undivided attention every minute.
(Kind of like my extremely spoiled lovebird, Peachy! )

Someday in the future, I'd like to hear about how well the pomodoro method of studying is working out for you.
I didn't know about that method back when I was in school and from what I've read it sounds great.
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It works great for me, I get bored and distracted when I'm studying a lot, having short intervals makes it a lot less tedious. I can write about 10 pages of notes on pomodoro system compared to like 6 i would normally.
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