Hello! New to the forum and the world of budgies and some insight would be appreciated.
Some background: I'm a first time bird companion who lives in a studio apartment in a city. I was looking for an animal companion and had been reading about budgies for a couple of months when I decided to visit my local petsmart. While I was there I came across a little budgie, housed by himself in a tank. He was not a petshop bird, but a one year old who had been surrendered to a local pet sanctuary from a family that could not take him with him when they moved. This little ball of blue fluff sat quietly, while the petshop parakeets went wild, and I fell in love.
Long story somewhat short, I brought the little fellow home and we've been feeling each other out. There were some mistakes on my part initially, I didn't have enough information from petsmart or the adoption agency, and a week in a too small cage.
Things have leveled out now though. Hodge, as I call him, now lives in a vision ii model m02 bird cage, (medium), with lots of toys. I feed him Kaytee Egg-Cite! Forti-Diet Pro Health Parakeet Bird Food, mixed with pellets. He won't touch any of the fruit or veg I've offered. He hasn't been to the vet yet, as I want him to get used to me and de-stress as much possible before taking him out again, and his wings are not clipped.
Hodge is extremely quiet. He has sung and chattered a handful of time, mostly to the band Beirut (I'm such a proud aging indie dad), but mostly he will be silent or burble noiselessly. He does not play with his toys or ring his bells. He's pretty still, mostly he keeps to one perch while I'm there and he sleeps on his sand swing, but sometimes he'll climb to the bottom of the cage and eat in front of me. He has rope and wooden perches, but prefers the plastic one that came with the Vision II. He has started perching on my finger to eat millet, he has preened with my hand in the cage, and will sometimes let me scratch him on the head or beneath the wing. Then he'll even his click his beak and close his eyes. Sometimes he'll click his beak or burble when I whistle to him, and looks at me when I talk to him. I keep music and audio books on for him during the day, while I'm at work. I'm trying to keep him on a set bedtime and waking up time.
I guess I just want to know: am I going about things in the right way? I don't want to push him, I just want my new little roommate to be happy, as he seems to have had a tumultuous life already. I'd eventually like him to come out and spend time with me, play and sit on my shoulder etc. But I don't want him to be bored and depressed.
Sorry for the long post, any advice would be much appreciate by both myself and Hodge!