I bought my first budgie yesterday. He is a blue and white pied. The lady I bought him from said he was 10 weeks old but I'm not sure this is true since he has an iris ring starting to show already. He does have forehead stripes down to his cere but it could just be flecking, I am not sure. I was really hoping to teach him to talk, but I'm not sure if this is possible with an older bird? He is sort of tame in that he is not too freaked out by my hand and lets me stroke his belly a bit but he doesn't know how to step up yet. At the moment I am just letting him get accustomed to me and see how we go.
So if anyone has any tips for a first time budgie owner they are most welcome!
Here is a picture of my boy, I'm still deciding on a name.
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What color is his cere flesh above the beak? It is easier to teach them young to talk but it is possible for them to learn to talk at any age i have a male who is 14 months old and he is just learning to talk i think. Its not clear but i think he is saying love you bb, ribbit .and his name is bj but i call him bb. Ware he got ribbit from i don't know i don't have a frog. If the cere is pink/ purple it is a boy if its pink with white around the nostrils its a girl.some girls can talk to.not all budgies can talk but give it a try.
Not all budgies are as talented as others when it comes to talking but there's no harm in trying.
As your bird only came home yesterday it's far too early to be touching him. Please look at the Bonding and Taming section of the forum to learn how to establish a bond with him. He may let you touch him now because of fear and after he settles in, you can see a regression with his response. It's much better to start off on the right foot.
You might also want to replace the dowel perches when he's settled in a little and get some perches that will exercise his feet a little better.
Unfortunately, I am unable to see the image you posted. However, I agree with the great advice offered above! It's definitely too soon to be touching him or sticking your hands in the cage at all, though! Budgies can be very submissive initially, because they are terrified in their new environment. Give him at least two weeks to settle in without trying to touch him or stick your hands in the cage, and during this time, spend lots of time talking to him, reading to him, etc. so he can acclimate to your presence. After the two weeks, you can put your hand in the cage, as far away from him as you can, and let him get used to it without moving closer. Once he proceeds with his normal activities with your hand in that position, you can progress to moving it a little closer and waiting for him to be comfortable there, etc.
It's important to always work at your budgie's pace! Soon he'll be settling in in no time
Meanwhile, be sure to read through links provided above, which contain the forum's many Budgie Articles and "stickies" (threads "stuck" to the top of each subform for easy reference) to stay up to date on all the best practices for caring for budgies. If you have any questions after reading through everything, be sure to ask as we'd love to help!
We look forward to seeing you around the forums, and meeting your budgie, too
and Princess Mallorn!
Thank you to Deb for her wonderful Faery magic
Your little boy is simply adorable!
Please don't rush things in trying to tame him. It generally takes a couple of weeks before a budgie settles into his new environment.
During that time, to build your budgie’s trust, sit by his cage and read, talk or sing quietly to him for a period of at least 10-15 minutes, 3 or 4 times day. After the 2nd or 3rd day, rest your hand on the outside of the cage when you talk to him so he'll learn that your hand is safe and will not hurt him .
After a week, rest your hand inside the cage when you talk.
Don’t make sudden moves, don’t try to touch him .
Let his get used to the idea that the hand is now in his safe place and not harming him .
After 2 weeks, begin moving your hand slowly toward your budgie. If he becomes agitated, stop moving your hand and just hold very still until he calms down. When he's comfortable with your hand near him , you can offer him a bit of millet or a few seeds. In a few more days, you can begin your taming and bonding sessions.
Always work at your budgie's pace.
Move slowly and talk reassuringly and calmly whenever you interact with him .
Most budgies once they pass the "baby" stage, do not like to be petted or touched.
If your budgie does like to be petted, you should only ever pet his head, neck or chest area.
Stroking a budgie's back and/or tail stimulates its breeding instinct. Bonding means allowing them to choose to be with you.
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.
By the way, all photos entered in any of our forum contests must be a full-size photo and not a thumbnail attachment so it's good to know how to upload them!
If you have any questions after reading through everything, please be sure to ask!
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Thanks for the warm welcome and for all your advice and links. I have a lot of reading to do it seems!
I have been keeping the cage next to me while I am on the computer or watching TV and just talking to him every now and then. He seems quite happy in my presence chirruping back to me at times, eating, preening and taking naps. He is not so interested in any of his toys at the moment but they are all new so he probably needs some time to get used to them also. He also has no idea about millet so I may have to find something else to tempt him with once he is ready to start training.
His cere is a pinky purple colour. It is my understanding that in pied budgies the male's cere remains this pink colour into adulthood but I might be wrong.
I went to the bird shop today to buy some new perches for him in different sizes and shapes to exercise his feet properly and the man who owns it said he could give me an approximate age if I brought him in but I don't want to stress him with an unnecessary car ride. I don't really mind how old he is, I just want us to develop a good bond.
I will take your advice and avoid putting my hand in the cage apart from for essential maintenance and feeding for now.
I think I will call him Jazz since he first started chirping when I was watching a movie and a jazz song was playing, he seemed really into it!
One last thing, unfortunately he came very severely clipped, ALL of his flight feathers on his right side wing are cut. I know they will grow back in time but I feel bad for him because he has trouble getting around the cage and seems very unsure of himself when he has to jump down from the perch so I have added some extra ones in to hopefully make it a bit easier for him and I guess since he can't fly it doesn't matter too much that the cage is a bit overcrowded.
He is a beautiful little guy! I can see the photo now
Jazz is a great name for your handsome fellow You're right about his cere--sort of. Recessive pied budgies are the ones that keep the immature cere colour, whereas your budgie is dominant pied. So his cere will most likely change to the normal dark blue color
I look forward to seeing more of him! It sounds like he's going to love his new perches and will settle in more soon In time, he'll moult out his clipped feathers and grow new flight feathers in, no worries about that!
and Princess Mallorn!
Thank you to Deb for her wonderful Faery magic