. Thanks for giving us the update! What is your little one’s name?
From the first pic where you can see the cere, it appears
you have a female. But depending on the lighting, I’ve had males that would photograph with a heavy white nostril area too. Because of the fairly widespread white on the cere, I’m going to say female.
It wouldn’t hurt to post more clear, close up pics in good natural lighting, of your budgies face from the front view.
Clean paper is fine for your budgie to shred.
You can purchase a Budgie play stand, and entice him to go to it by putting millet or favorite treats on it. If he hesitates, don’t force him. Let him explore at his own pace. Some birds take to new stands and toys right away, while some individuals need more time to become used to the presence of the object first.
Adding dry egg food (can be purchased packaged) is a good source of extra protein and nutrients while molting. If you choose to feed bits of boiled egg or unseasoned scrambled egg, be sure to remove all uneaten bits within about an hour to prevent spoilage.
Unfiltered organic apple cider vinegar is a good natural probiotic to aid in digestion. Some budgies can use digestive support through the molting period. A mixture of 1/4 teaspoon per 8 ounces of water is a good guideline.
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