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Hey ppl, 2 days ago I bought a new single male budgie, it is completely untrained and untamed. I only bought one because i thought it would be easier to train a single budgie.

So my bird isn't boned with me, and is alone in his cage most of the time. I'm afraid that he may start feather plucking.

But I've kept a mirror in the cage(ik some people say it's harmful but it's in there so he doesn't feel single) and I also play budgie sounds most of the time.

What else can I do so that he isn't lonely?


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Hi! 2 days isn’t nearly long enough for your budgie to be completely adjusted. It’s recommended that you wait a minimum of 2 weeks before you begin trying to get him to step up. In the meantime to make him comfortable, you can play music (not budgie sounds, that makes them look for the other budgies!) and cover the top and three sides of his cage. Talk or read to him every day for 15 minutes at a time to get him used to you. I would highly recommend taking out the mirror- he can become obsessed with it and it can cause all sorts of health problems.
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Thank you! I'll keep in mind not to play him budgie sounds and will remove the mirror soon. I hope he remains active when there's no budgie sound around him.

Also how do I know if my budgie is just preening or feather plucking?

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It is best that you not try to touch your budgie for the first two weeks.
He needs time to settle into his new environment and become comfortable with his new surroundings.
Budgies are often submissive for the first few days simply because they are terrified.

You can cover the top and three sides of the cage to help the budgie feel more secure. Playing music for him when you aren't around will be helpful as well. Budgies perceive no noise as meaning there may be danger.

Taming and Bonding is all about helping your budgie learn to trust you and it takes a great deal of time and patience on your part.
You should never grab your budgie or force him to be touched.
To bond with your budgie, you need to build his trust in you.
He will have to learn over time that you will not hurt him, grab him and try to force him to allow you to hold him.

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 him 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.
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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.

It is best not to give budgies mirrors as they can easily become obsessed with their image.
This can lead to the budgie becoming aggressive and or territorial.
Some budgies will regurgitate to the mirror to the point they become malnourished.

Your don't need to worry about your budgie feather plucking at this point.
Play music for him rather than budgie sounds when you are not around.
You need to make a routine where you spend time with him on a regular and consistent basis around the same time each and every day.
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Hi there and to the forums!

You've come to the best place to learn even more about budgies! You've been given great advice about how to help your budgie settle in and how to bond with him when that time comes. It's very important to go at his pace and take care not to rush things!

Meanwhile, FaeryBee has also provided some excellent resources above, so be sure to read through them. They include the forum's many stickies and articles to ensure that you're up to date on the very best of budgie care practices.

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

I look forward to meeting your little one!

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Hi everyone just a quick update, I removed the mirror and I play soft music to my budgie Nimbu when I'm busy. He doesn't really talk much but I hope it changes with time.

Also I noticed he sleeps on both his legs but he doesn't appear to be sick or anything. Is that normal?

And it's nice meeting you all and I'll post his pics soon. I'm grateful for you all helping me. Thanks.
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It's perfectly fine for your budgie to be sleeping on both legs. Every budgie I've had during my life has slept on both legs!

We'll look forward to seeing a picture once your little one is all settled in.

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Hey everyone sorry I've not been posting, but here's just a quick update. It's been 20 days since I brought him and I think we're already bonded (idk but maybe a little). He is hand tamed now and he even preens himself while on my finger.

I've started to bring him out of the cage. When I first let him out, he flew everywhere and I think he hurt himself by flying into a wall and now he's afraid because now when he's out of the cage, he's not that eager to get off my finger and only likes being near the cage. Also should I buy a perch stand or is it too soon?

Btw, is paper safe for bird to chew on cuz I saw in a video that the girl the giving a canary paper to shred.

Here's a few pictures of Nimbu(please confirm if it's a male or female)

https://i.imgur.com/WunRZ4E.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/PvNZiJX.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/ydH2XuW.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/6ddcBOq.jpg

And I also forgot to mention that he's having his first molt, can you suggest how I can help him during this. He doesn't let me pet him though, if I try to touch his head he'd try to bite me(that's the only time he ever bites). What can I do?
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Excellent progress . 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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