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Old 08-14-2017, 04:32 AM
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Hi, my name is Emma I am new to this forum and new to budgie owning.

I have two little girls 7 and 5 and yesterday we bought them a budgie each.

They were Tom and Jerry but I think the man in the shop told us wrong and Tom is now Ruby.

However whilst Jerry came out of the travel box within about 5 minutes of been in the cage has been flying around, playing on the swing and chirping a little, he has even been down to the food and eaten and I found him eating again this morning.

Ruby has still not come out of her box. We got her home at around 2.30pm yesterday and she wouldn't come out of her box all day. She ventured to the very front of the box but never came out.

We came down this morning and she is now right at the back of the box again.

I have established from the information online that Jerry is an adult and am sure that Ruby is a baby since she is a lot smaller and doesn't appear to have the white around her eyes but like I say I have hardly been able to look at her properly. I cannot really tell if she still has the stripes on her head.

She is absolutely terrified and I am worried that she is never going to come out of her box. Do I just continue to leave her to come out in her own time or do I tip her out of the box? I feel a bit mean tipping her out of the box but I don't know what is best for her.

My daughter is very sad and thinks that Ruby doesn't like us but she is trying really hard to be patient with her and I am very proud of her for being so as she just wants to play with her new friend. Obviously I am not going to let her do that until both birds are completely comfortable and my main concern at the minute is if I get home tonight and Ruby is still in the box do I just leave her or do I need to force her out?

Thanks in advance for the advice.

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Old 08-14-2017, 05:57 AM
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Hi there and welcome to talkbudgies.

So, I'm assuming that Tom/Ruby & Jerry, were in the same cage in the store and they both appeared alert, healthy and chirpy there.

Take a look at this sticky:
https://talkbudgies.com/new-budgie-ar...rd-scared.html
Cover the cage leaving just the front uncovered and put on the TV/radio for some low level background noise. Place a shallow dish of water and some millet close to the opening of the box to entice her out. Sit within sight of the box but not right up beside the cage.

To take this long to venture out isn't usual but it IS a big scary world out there, so don't make any sudden movements or noises if she does peep out. If she's young then she might be liking the safety of the box, reminiscing of the security of the nest box, similar to how some young budgies will huddled face in to a corner on the floor of the cage.
If she doesn't venture out within a couple of hours of the above interventions and a calm environment, then I think it is probably wise to gently tip the box to slide her out in order to check that she hasn't hurt herself in some way.

Let us know what happens and we'd love to see some photos when they're more settled into their new home
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Hi, thank you so much for your response.

They were both in the same aviary in the pet shop yeah. Jerry was sitting on the food bowl and Tom/Ruby was kind of clinging to the side of the cage.

I am getting worried as to whether she is scared of him but I keep ruling that out since they were in the same cage at the shop although there were many other birds in there with them too.

He kept on flying around and jumping on her box yesterday a bit too as if to say "come on out it's fine" and I thought that once she realised there was another budgie with her she would come out but she never did.

When she did get to the front of the box, Jerry just sat on the perch and watched her. He didn't do anything which looked threatening. He didn't come of the perch to go down to her he was just watching her. I think he wants her out as much as we do now. He doesn't seem to be deliberately intimidating her at all. Do budgies even do that?

I'll try to get some pictures on. They are both beautiful. Jerry is blue and white and I think Ruby is a rainbow budgie. She is very unusual. I wasn't even convinced she was a budgie when my daughter first chose her as I haven't ever seen a budgie that colour.

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Old 08-14-2017, 11:27 AM
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Hi! to Talk Budgies

It sounds as though the one budgie may be very young and may have been removed from it's parents too soon.

It's important your children understand right away that budgies are not the type animal that likes to be "played with".

To bond with your birds, you need to build their trust in you.
They will have to learn over time that you will not hurt them.

To build your birdsí trust, sit by their cage and read, talk or sing quietly to them for a period of at least 10-15 minutes, 3 or 4 times day. After about a week, rest your hand on the outside of the cage when you talk to them so they will learn that your hand is safe and will not hurt them.

After a week of resting your hand on the outside of the cage, rest your hand inside the cage when you talk.
Donít make sudden moves, donít try to touch them.
Let their get used to the idea that the hand is now in their safe place and not harming them.

After 2 weeks, begin moving your hand slowly toward your bird. If they become agitated, stop moving your hand and just hold very still until they calm down. When they are comfortable with your hand near them, you can offer them a bit of millet or a few seeds.

Always work at your birdsí pace.
Move slowly and talk reassuringly and calmly to their whenever you interact with them.

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Hi there and to the forums!

It's great to have you with us, and you've been given great advice above. It does sound like the littlest budgie isn't used to being outside in a cage yet! It's important to let the budgies settle in for at least two weeks without putting any hands inside the cage. After that, your girls can help to tame them by sitting next to their cage and reading them stories, talking to them, etc

Meanwhile, be sure to read through the links provided above, which include the forum's many Budgie Articles and "stickies" (threads "stuck" to the top of each subform for easy reference) to ensure you're up to date on all the best practices for budgie care. You'll find information on all your questions (including some you don't know you have yet!) on the forums.

If you have any questions after reading through everything, be sure to ask as we'd love to help

We look forward to meeting your new budgies, and look forward to seeing you around the forums!

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