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Hi all! I’m happy to be a part of the group and just brought my baby “hoping boy” home today. I have a few behavior questions, firstly with their typical demeanor and if I truly just got lucky?

So in the store I said “that one with the turquoise tail feathers”! They grabbed him and walked away from the cage. To my amazement I watch the bird perched on the boys finger. Proceeded with step ups and handed off to me. It fly off my hand once and that was it. I couldn’t believe my eyes, I have always been told and made my own assumption these crazy little guys were not meant to be handled or would take work! I went into this expecting to take things slow and hopefully have a buddy in a few months that would sit with me. Well... I seem to already have that. Eating Millet from me after a few hours of being alone and doesn’t try to flutter off if I take him out. Please tell me if I am messing a good thing up here or not. I’m thinking maybe the guy is sooooo scared that he’s just playing dead or knows he can’t fly so doesn’t try??? Also on the fence about him being clipped. So there’s handling so far, completely impressed with their ability to settle down.

Now on to a few concerns. He’s doing this thing with his tongue. It’s like a slow up and down like a panting of dog and occasionally opens his beak up wide like a yawn. Making NO noises with breathing at all. Feet on my finger feel a tad warm but house is set to 72F. I read it could be stress?

Another thing is he’s a statue in his cage. I know I know he needs time to settle in but seems to feel comfortable on me! I tried setting him on his food bowl with millet in next to him but won’t touch it. “Step up” and he starts eating away.

Age is under 3 months
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Hello there, welcome!

You’ll find that a lot of budgies are more docile and submissive at first, because they are scared and underconfident of the new surroundings or situation. After your baby becomes accustomed to the new environment and routine, you might find him more flighty and not so trusting as he first was. With some consistency a little bit at a time, you’ll be able to gain your birds confidence in you. For the first couple weeks though, best not to handle him excessively, and let him settle in and observe you, and become used to everything that’s new in he world.

I’m not sure what he was doing with his mouth without seeing it, but he might have been adjusting his crop. You’ll see them do it now and then and it’s normal.

We have a lot of reliable information here, and we ask that you take some time to read through the Stickies posts https://www.talkbudgies.com/site-inf...-stickies.html and our Articles section. You’ll find th answer to a lot of common questions. If you have a question you can’t find the answer to, then we’re here to help.

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Hi there and to the forums!

Congratulations on your new family member! I'm glad he or she is settling in well

Although it's great that he seems to be settling in fast, it's still very important to take things slow, just as you were planning to. As Julie mentioned, he's probably submissive because he's scared, and he may regress as he settles in. Let him choose when to move on.

Keep him company as much as you can and don't take him out of the cage for at least a week so he can get used to it. If he's still comfortable with you enough to step up after that, then you can start letting him out in a budgie-safe space. Usually we recommend two weeks without getting handled, however. Read, sing, and talk to him as much as you can throughout the day to get him used to your presence. He'll start to settle in soon

Meanwhile, you've come to the best place to learn even more about the best of budgie care practices. Be sure to read through the budgie articles and "stickies" as mentioned above by Julie

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As all have said, give him/her time to settle in without much if any handling. Feeding millet or other foods by hand is fine. It's good not to force stepping up yet. Being clipped to me is a handicap, but being careful when his new flight feathers have grown in, will give him that ability and if he's tame by then, things should go pretty smooth. Just spend lots of time around him, talking to him, moving slowly and getting used to your hand without touching him. As he adjusts he will show you that he wants attention by coming to you voluntarily. This is what bonding is about and with this, he will be showing that he sees you as part of his new flock and a friend. That's why budgies are so much fun.
There's a lot of parrot personality in this little package. Send some photos taken in normal daylight, so you can be sure of "his" sex. Enjoy.
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