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Old 12-27-2017, 12:06 PM
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My family received a budgie for Christmas from our cousin. I believe hes as adolescent bird(as far as i can tell from looking stuff up on the internet), blue white and black, and named Donny. This is my families first bird and while I've been doing a lot of research since we got him I'm a little concerned and could use some advice.
My cousin got him from a chain petstore which I know is a risk because the animals there can often have complications because of mistreatment. I've been trying to be super vigilant of any possible signs of sickness but I'm having a hard time discerning if hes just scared and stressed of being in a new place or sick. (I plan on getting to the vet after the holiday season but want to know if i should go before that)
We have had him for 3 days now and I have not notice him eat or drink anything and he mostly sticks to standing in one spot. He also has not made any noise aside from some beak grinding last night before bed. Today I was humming to him and noticed him standing one one leg and stayed for a little while even after I stopped. Sometimes he seem to be breathing a little heavy and his tail bobs a little with it but its not constant and there is no wheezing. Hes a very pretty boy and I want to make sure hes well taken care of.

One more thing the cage my cousin brought him home in is, from what I read not ideal for a budgie, its not super wide with a barn house shaped roof. Whats the best way to transfer him if he is not tamed yet? or should I just wait to transfer him to a better cage?

Thank you for any tips or help you can give me!
Lily

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Hi Lily and to the forums!

Congratulations on your new budgie! I'm glad you've been doing all the necessary research to give him the best life possible You've come to the very best place to continue your research!

It's normal for him not to eat or drink in front of you for the first days of him being home. If there are droppings at the bottom of the cage, he has been eating. You probably won't be able to tell if he's drinking since budgies drink so little, but he is. The beak grinding is a good sign, it means he's settling in well!

Singing, reading, and talking to him as much as possible during the next few weeks will help him feel comfortable with you and your family. Remember not to put your hand in the cage for at least two weeks as he needs time to get used to his cage and environment without any other stressors.

I'm glad you've recognized that he needs a larger cage, and transferring him shouldn't be too difficult. There's no reason to touch him to transfer him to a new cage, you can transfer his food and water dish along with several perches to the new cage and face the two cages so that they're touching, with both entrances lined up. You may need to raise/lower each cage by putting it on a stack of sturdy books or a tall table so that they are lined up properly. If there's a small space between the cages, put a sheet or towel over the part where the cages line up to discourage him from trying to squeeze through. Eventually, he'll get hungry or thirsty and will make it over to the new cage.

Despite precautions, taking care that the room is budgie safe, all other pets are out of the room, and all doors and windows are closed will ensure that if he does escape during the process, stress is minimized for everyone involved until you're able to coax him onto a perch or gently pick him up in a soft cloth and transfer him to his new cage.

I hope this helps!

If you have any questions after reading through the forums' many articles and stickies, be sure to ask!

We look forward to meeting Donny soon!

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Hi! to Talk Budgies

StarlingWings has provided you with excellent advice in answer to your questions.

Please take the time to read through the Site Guidelines, all of the How To Guides, the FAQs, the Budgie Articles and the stickies located at the top of each section of the forum.

Truly, the very BEST advice anyone can offer you is to take the time to read ALL of the stickies throughout the various Talk Budgie forums as well as the Budgie Articles we have posted.

These are great resources for Talk Budgie members and have a wealth of reliable information which will assist you to learn the best practices in caring for your budgies for their optimal health and well-being.

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You have been given excellent advice. Keep reading and asking questions! I look forward to seeing some pictures of your new companion soon!

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