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Old 08-04-2018, 12:33 PM
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I've recently got a budgie 5 days ago its a very pretty blue one. I'm pretty sure it's still a baby though it's super small but it has a lot of feathers and its wings are fully grown. I would say its around 3-5 months old. The cere is purple and pinkish and I was wondering if its a male or a female. I've heard most males are talkative and more outgoing but it mostly sits around and watches me especially when I let it free to fly around. I normally use my computer a lot and now after I let it out of its cage it immediately goes to my monitor and sits on top and waits for me to turn on the radio and it just sits there tilting its head or watching me. It doesn't like my finger but it never bites its really a sweet bird. Also I was wondering If I should start trying to tame it yet or wait until it gets settled in more. And lastly I've noticed it will sit and its feathers on its belly are a bit puffed up I always make sure the room temperature is not warm or too cold though. It also blinks and sometimes closes its eyes like its gonna fall asleep and sometimes I can see it breathing like its stomach moving up and down but never its tail bobbing or anything. It doesn't seem sick though it eats a lot of food and drinks its water. And its really good at flying and doesn't have any problem. I just wonder if maybe its tired but I always make sure to cover the cage at night and be quiet when I stay up late so it can sleep. I also made the newbie mistake of letting him/her out of the cage but from where I heard at the pet store I got it from if you turn out the lights they fall to the floor and you can pick them up. I only do this once a day though because I'm afraid him/her might hurt themselves. I direct the bird into the bathroom and then close the door and turn off the lights and then they slowly fall down from the wall to the floor and I turn back on the lights and gently pick the bird up and put it back in its cage. I only let them out once a day so I don't do it too many times and hurt their wings or something. I never really touch him/her sometimes to pet them but normally they will only let me in the morning maybe because they are still half asleep? I'm not sure but I always make sure they don't run into the walls too hard and hurt themselves and make areas for him/her to stay in.


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Hi Ted

Your new little one is most likely a male from your description. Juvenile males have a pink to lavender cere color.

Baby birds, budgies included, are already visually full size with a complete set of feathers By the time they’re weaned and fledging.

The general recommendation is to let your new budgie settle in for a couple weeks before trying to attempt to tame them. From your post, yours might be a bit more trusting already than some new budgies. Still, having him get more used to the routine, the environment and all first, would be your best bet before attempting any further steps. The fact that he flies to the top of your computer, looks at you, and doesn’t attempt to bite or fly away when your finger is there are all good signs. Btw, you can’t really tell gender from personality or behavior.

We have a lot of great learning resources here, and we recommend that all new members to the forum read through the Stickies and Articles that we provide on the site. You’ll come across answers to many common questions. If you can’t find the answers you’re looking for, we’re here to help.

A photo sharing service such as Imgur is an easy way to post pics, and works well with the forum. In fact we’d love to see pics! We can also visually confirm that you have a little boy .

Do you have a name picked out for this little one yet?
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My bird's name is Trickee but I plan changing it if it turns out to be a girl. The fan in the background I rarely use and when I do I point it away from the cage and turn it on the lowest setting as for I'm the type of people that need a fan to sleep. He/her mostly goes into my bathroom onto the mirror or hangs on the blinds and chirps like as if they are happy and then normally just sits quietly on my monitor and acts puffy and sleepy and enjoys the noises such as the toilet flushing (strange) or basic noises as knocking or tapping and my keyboard or the clicking of my mouse. Otherwise from being puffy a little more than I think she/he should its a happy bird. I also live in an apartment which most bird owners that are experts say that isn't the best thing. But I ensure that there is enough space to fly around and that the room is the right temperature. I also refill the food and water plus put new paper towels in every morning and every afternoon because I have school. I don't have toys in the cage only a swing but it seems fine because he/she mostly likes sitting around and watching but I've just noticed the tiniest bit of feathers on the floor this morning. But I always make sure she/he gets enough attention. I've also noticed that they don't touch the cuttlebone but I still keep it in the cage just incase. I'm also working on buying some millet and treats and a spray bottle to mist him/her and maybe a toy so when I'm gone it doesn't lead to him/her getting bored and plucking feathers. I also kept in mind of getting a friend but I couldn't be around much if I got a male and female to breed and it would be noisy and probably disturb my downstairs neighbors a lot. And I've noticed my bird has a tend to copy things I do such as a few nights ago I yawned and then I saw it trying to open its mouth and finally after 30 seconds it opened its mouth and yawned like I did. It also blinks at me and then when I blink back it plays a game with me. Also when I'm eating it will copy me moving my mouth. I try to refrain from loud noises such as walking and closing doors and slamming stuff down on tables or dropping things. If I ever do I calmly say sorry and he/she looks at me and tilts their head and then stops shaking. I also play birds chirping, music and make noises with things that I have or make mouth noises. But I don't think my budgie is old enough to understand what It means yet. They just tilt there head and have a surprised or interested look and then continue looking at me.
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Hi there and to the forums!

Trickee is a very cute baby boy He's precious!

Obviously, he's starting to trust you, but it's a problem that he doesn't see his cage as his house. You need to put toys in his cage for sure! If you keep letting him out so much before he's used to his new environment, he's going to think that your whole apartment is his house, which is not a good thing. You can definitely let him out for a few hours each day when you're there to supervise, but he should spend the rest of his time in his cage so he can start to see it as his "house".

Having plenty of toys, natural wood perches, etc. in there will help him for feel comfortable in it.

Also, you should hold off taming for at least two weeks to ensure he's used to you fully.

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I just went out and bought him some toys and some treats and some millets. The only thing is whenever I come back home and come to talk to him he will start flying around the cage and acting like he doesn't know me. But when I left I covered the cage so he could sleep and also left some quiet music on. But after a few minutes I think he has realized who I am. I also added a banana slice to his food bowl to get him to start eating fruits.
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Trickee is adorable and it sounds like you're making great progress with him. I just wanted to add to the above advice by saying it's not wise to play budgie sounds for Trickee. He will then likely be looking for the birds he's hearing and when he can't find them, it could make him frustrated or depressed. Playing soft music or having the TV on, especially when you're not home is perfect.


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Trickee is adorable and it sounds like you're making great progress with him. I just wanted to add to the above advice by saying it's not wise to play budgie sounds for Trickee. He will then likely be looking for the birds he's hearing and when he can't find them, it could make him frustrated or depressed. Playing soft music or having the TV on, especially when you're not home is perfect.


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Okay, I stopped after noticing the frustration 2 days ago. He started looking around for someone and then really started chirping as loud as he could. I just wanted to add that. I also had a question, I tried giving him several treats and he doesn't seem to have ANY interest but he eats his normal seeds like its nothing. I've tried millet and then I put like a seed block apparently covered in this honey stuff. I've also offered fruit but he just shoves his beak in his chest and moves away from it. I offered a banana slice for the first time today and he just ignores it I cut it up and put it in his seeds but he seems to ignore the banana and just picks out the seeds. I'm happy he's eating his seeds normally I just want him to eat treats and stuff especially when it comes time to start taming him. Also I was wondering if it's normal for them not to talk as much. I turn on the radio and put it normally classical or something calming in the morning and then switch it to something thats a bit more and then turn it down back to classical at night. It just seems to sit there and doesn't ever sing or anything. The only time I hear it speak is when its flying or hanging on my blinds or sometimes it will hear something and look at me and chirp kind of like ("Did you hear that?"). Otherwise it's a really quiet bird which is kind of good but I would like it to talk some. Also, Is the non-talking a phase that they will grow out of? Mostly I've seen older adults talk a lot rather than younger birds.

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It often takes budgies awhile before they'll take to new foods. You can try offering it to him in different ways to see if he prefers it a certain way (like cut into cubes, grated, hanging between cage bars etc.). Try a variety too. It's more important for budgies to eat veggies rather than fruit. Fruit is fine as a treat every once in awhile but it has a high sugar content so isn't the best for their health. The first veggies my two budgies took to was corn kernels. They love it! That being said, mine have never been a problem when it comes to trying new foods. They'll give anything a go. Another good tip is putting a few lettuce or jake leaves in a small shallow dish of water (like a bird bath). Often the birds will bathe in it, rub against the leaves and have a nibble at the same time. Just make sure you don't make it too deep.


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It often takes budgies awhile before they'll take to new foods. You can try offering it to him in different ways to see if he prefers it a certain way (like cut into cubes, grated, hanging between cage bars etc.). Try a variety too. It's more important for budgies to eat veggies rather than fruit. Fruit is fine as a treat every once in awhile but it has a high sugar content so isn't the best for their health. The first veggies my two budgies took to was corn kernels. They love it! That being said, mine have never been a problem when it comes to trying new foods. They'll give anything a go. Another good tip is putting a few lettuce or jake leaves in a small shallow dish of water (like a bird bath). Often the birds will bathe in it, rub against the leaves and have a nibble at the same time. Just make sure you don't make it too deep.


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Along with bananas I also bought shredded carrots to try. He ate 2-3 times today. I'm not sure if he was full and just I caught him at the wrong time. Maybe I should try to offer when he's eating? I was also wondering If every month I should change what type of veggies or fruit I give him to maybe have a variety instead of having the same thing over and over again. Also he puffs up a lot I'm wondering if this is from it being cold. I put him in the corner next to my fan which NEVER faces him it points towards my bed. I also have a window 2-3 ft apart from the cage and above that window is a air vent but I'm not sure if it's cold or sick it seems healthy but I'm betting the air vent is getting into the corner and making it cold. But it's strange because normally my room is really humid.

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My advice would be to change the variety of foods more often than once a month. I'd make up a mixture of veggies and see how that goes, instead of just offering one fruit or vegetable at a time. Budgies love to forage and pick through their food, so it's good to give them options.

Many budgies fluff up when they're sleeping, so if that's the case, it's fine, but fluffing up can also be a sign that something is wrong. Are there any other signs that something might be wrong? Is Trickee active? Is he eating and drinking normally? Are his poops normal?

As you mentioned, he may just be cold. You never want to have any drafts on him or his cage, have him under an A/C vent or fan. As well as the fan, do you have the window open?


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