I have been visiting a few pet stores to see where I should get a budgie. At a few of them there have been budgies that would come up to me and follow me. I think a few were trying to feed me through the glass but that could have just been their reflection.
What does that mean when a budgie does that and has anyone else experienced that, especially when visiting a pet store?
It was extremely tempting to take these birds home.
If the budgie is in a regular cage and comes over to you then it is curious about you.
When budgies are trying to feed you (through glass) they are most likely simply seeing their own reflection rather than looking at you.
It is best to avoid buying budgies at a big-box pet store.
I recommend you look for a reputable breeder or adopt a budgie from a local shelter or bird rescue that is in need of a new home.
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Quarantine means housing the new bird in a different cage in a different room than the current bird (as far away from the room the current bird is in as possible) for a period of 35-45 days.
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I currently don't have any pets, and I won't be able to get a budgie until a few months from now. In the mean time I'm getting a cage and perches and toys.
I'm definitely avoiding big chain pet stores.
I have also looked to see if there were any budgies up for adoption or rehoming in my area, or breeders. I haven't had much luck finding any local breeders in my area (San Antonio Texas) but I did find some up for rehoming. I'm going to keep checking up on that.
Also, my first impression about the birds feeding their own reflection is 'you poor idiot birds. you have other flock mates that you can actually feed.'
I know that budgies are smart though, they just don't know that their reflection is them. I also wonder if them feeding their reflection is due to their social nature.