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Old 09-24-2018, 10:25 PM
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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!


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Old 09-24-2018, 10:40 PM
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Hodge is a very fortunate little budgie to have you giving him his safe and loving forever home - thank you for taking him in.

It sounds as though you are doing well with him so far. Some budgies don't play much with their toys and some actually have to be taught to play with them because they just don't know how.
Ring the bells and make excited fun noises when you do so.
Sometimes talking in a bit higher pitch as you play with the bell or other toys will entice the budgie's curiosity.
Scratching Hodge on the head is or chest is fine but avoid stroking his back or tail as that stimulates mating behaviors.
You can try substituting a natural wood perch of varying diameters (like a grapevine perch) for the plastic perch in his cage.
It will be better for his feet and help to prevent pressure sores.
I don't know exactly how long Hodge has been with you but it sounds as though he's settling in well and already beginning to trust you.
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Hi there and to the forums!

Hodge is a very lucky little fellow and I'm so glad you took him in! It's great you're taking it slow. That's always the best course of action. FaeryBee has given you some great information on how to proceed from here, as well as some great links to the forums. These will help keep you updated on the very best of budgie care practices!

Be sure to read through them all, and if you have any questions after doing so, please do ask as we'd love to help!

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Thank you Fairy Bee! I'm definitely looking to replace the plastic perch and the rope (now that I've read some concerning things, asap for some natural wood perches and some orthopedic ones. I'll be sure to be gentle when petting and never in on the back or tail.
Hodge has been with me about three weeks, so I'm hoping we're in a good place for our situation. I'll definitely post a picture as soon as I can
Very much appreciating having a place like this to learn more about my new friend!
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Welcome! You've come to the very best place to learn all you can about being the best budgie friend you can possibly be! You've gotten a tonne of great info so far, but here's a tip with those plastic vision cage perches - wrap them in some self adhesive bandage, like this stuff: https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon....uL._SY355_.jpg and it'll cushion the plastic for those tender budgie feet. I've a vision L02 with the same perches and my Sweetie has a turned toe so wrapping them helps his little foot (as well as a variety of cotton, natural wood, and other styles of perches)

Please share some pics soon!
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Hello and a big welcome to you and Hodge. What a lucky little budgie he is that you walked into the pet shop that day. It's obvious you love him dearly already and it sounds like he's starting to bond with you too. I'd also love to see some pics if you'd like to post some . Keep up the great work.


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Hey all, thanks so much for the encouragement and insight! I've got Hodge a grapevine perch and he seems to love it! Also, he seems to be interacting with his toys a bit, at least while I'm not home. Definitely some chewed corners at any rate.
A little update, I called the animal refuge who sponsored him place at the pet shop, to see if they had any medical records for him. They did not, because Hodge was not surrendered by anyone, he was found as a stray! Someone found him sitting in a tree outside their work, and somehow wrangled him. The poor little guy has been through a lot, and it must have been traumatizing for him. Who knows if he escaped or was let out on purpose. No wonder he's so quiet!
Anyway you slice it, he's a tough little budgie. I'm taking it slow, and will look to see if there are any threads dealing with taking in older budgies who've been through some stuff. Also will upload a picture when I can. Thanks!
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Welcome to the forum
It seems that little Hodge has been very lucky to find you.
Great to see that youíre already upgrading his Ďapartmentí - just a note to keep in mind from you saying that he preferred the vision perch. You may be correct and he may find it familiar and prefer it, but itís not always the perch/swing that they prefer but rather itís position in the cage. If you swapped over the perches, you can see which it actually is.

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Glad to hear you've given Hodge a grapevine perch and that he loves it!

Older/rescue budgies can take a bit longer to settle in but with time and patience, they can blossom.

Hodge is very fortunate to have you and I'm looking forward to meeting him through your pictures.

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