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Old 04-30-2018, 05:41 AM
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On April 6th my girlfriend and I (after many months of discussing and planning) decided that it was the day we were going to find the first addition to our family.

The plan was to visit as many pet stores in the area (we ended up looking at 4) to get a blue male and name him Pippin. However, as we all know, the best laid plans of mice and men...

We ended up falling for the very first Budgie we saw. A petite, gorgeous, yellow and purple female named Viola (Italian for Purple).





We've exploited her passion for millet to train her as best we can. When we brought her home I stuck a spring of millet in the cage to help her adjust, but after that branch was gone we only hand feed it to her to help with training. After the initial "getting to know each other" for 10 days or so we began training.

It took her a day or two to get used to our hands (and eat millet from it) and once she did that I taught her to step-up in about 3 sessions over the course of an hour. Since then we've progressed to taking her out of the cage (although she always flies back in after a relatively short time) and she will walk up our arms to eat millet on our shoulders, but doesn't hang around for the after party.

Objectively I think things are going quite well but she seems to have regressed quite a bit in the last week or so. I think it might be because I cleaned and re-arranged her cage at about that time, and since then she has been more skittish than usual. It could also be that I am pushing her too much too fast (my partner has a much softer heart than me ), so I think I will dial it back a bit and maybe have more quietly sitting near each other time rather than always trying to train her whenever we interact.

Eating wise she initially wouldn't touch the pellets, so I used the grind them up and sprinkle them in the seed trick, then have been slowly adding more over time. I've gotten her up to a 50/50 ratio, but she seems to only finish off the pellets late in the day when she knows we won't give her any more millet, usually after complaining about it.

There are a few things that I shouldn't but do worry about a little. She seems to sleep with her eyes open, I've read this is pretty normal but could indicate that she is stressed and still doesn't feel safe. Although I've gotten her on pellets at least she still won't really eat her fruits or veggies. She will sometimes nibble a bit of carrot or taste some apple, but she generally ignores them.

The other things that worry me are that she is usually very quiet unless she wants something and very rarely chews or plays with her toys. The few times we have seen her playing she makes happy budgie noises, but this happens very infrequently when we are there. She mostly just stands around looking very regal, so at least her personality fits her name I will continue to make and swap out toys, hopefully we will find some things she likes to chew and play with.

As if to undercut my last point, my dearest did manage to snag this short video of her playing with a toy, so I will leave you guys with something cute to watch.
https://www.dropbox.com/s/9xglkiisxd...37013.mp4?dl=0

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Viola is absolutely beautiful!

I agree that you need to slow down a little bit

It's great that she's settling in so far but I think you're taking things a bit fast for her. Sitting by her cage and talking to her often is a great step that you should do every day, and you can put your hand in the cage for a few minutes a few times a day (without moving it or approaching her) so she gets used to it.

You shouldn't give her millet inside her cage now that she's eating consistently, it's very high in fat and thus should be used as a treat The end goal is to give her 1-2 tsp. of high quality seed mix per day, pellets in her cage all day, and fresh veggies daily as well. However, she's most likely not used to eating like that so I would continue weaning her on pellets using seed instead of millet (very slowly so as to not stress her).

Also, it's normal for her not to be playing with her toys as much. As she settles in further over the next few weeks, she'll start to explore and vocalize more. I think you're fine with leaving a variety of toys in the cage for a while so she can get used to them

I can see that Viola has a lovely big cage to rule over She's going to be one spoiled little girl, I can tell

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Viola is beautiful!
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Viola is gorgeous! Such a pretty color mutation.

StarlingWings is right... Going at your budgies pace and not being in a rush to tame her is the best way. Look at it as a journey, where you’re also learning along the way. Before you know it, I bet Viola will come to place her trust in you and your girlfriend.

Each budgie is different, and some will get very tame over time, while others will let you know the boundaries as to how bonded they choose to become. But with either personality type, it takes some time to really settle in and see thier personality come out. Weeks, not days . Even months for budgies who are really wild.
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Viola is indeed beautiful and very regal looking in the photo!
StarlingWings has given you excellent advice.

I do hope you will consider making an on-going picture thread in the Budgie Pictures section of the forum for Viola so you can share lots more pictures of her with us over time.
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What a gorgeous colour , I can see why your original plans were forgotten
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Thanks everyone!

I am laying off a little but she is clearly more afraid of me than of my girlfriend. This is likely because I am the one who usually cleans the cage (massive disruption) and also she is home more and usually sits in the same room.

I'll post pictures, and maybe post a little about my homemade perches and such. I found the ones I purchased mostly junk with poor mounting systems, and Viola much prefers the perches I made for her.

The toys on offer were similarly very expensive for some chunks of wood and cheap cotton rope. Bird toys are so fun and easy to make I can't see myself ever actually buying one.
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