Insects in our homes, especially in the hot seasons, are inevitable. If you and family members are keeping things clean as possible, wiping up crumbs and spilled drips of food, taking precautions to not let ants and insects get so heavy in the home that it infests your budgie’s cage, you shouldn’t need to worry. Your budgie’s feathers will protect him from a mosquito. I don’t believe there is a high likelihood for mosquitoes to get inside the bird cage on a regular basis, and stay in there.
Your budgie should be fine while you’re in class. Provide appropriate toys of different textures. If you aren’t sure if a toy is safe, just ask. Budgies also appreciate swings. Placing the cage in the home where there is activity going on when you aren’t home will help Duke feel like he’s not in isolation. Another budgie is not necessary for this reason. In fact, many times two budgies won’t get along, and that means twice the work and another cage is needed.
Duke should acclimate fine in the heat, as many people where you’re from keep pet birds. Keep his cage out of direct sunlight, and in an area where there is air circulation. Be sure to check that he has fresh water, as it will evaporate quickly in the heat. He might also appreciate a gentle spray (not too close) of water mist.
It usually takes new budgies a few days to adjust to eating well. As far as touching him, remember that birds are naturally wild, and they are prey animals. They aren’t domesticated pets like dogs. It takes much longer for them to trust. Since Duke is very new, I wouldn’t even think about taming him right now. He needs at least a couple weeks to just observe his new environment and adjust. After that, we can talk about moving very slowly at Duke’s pace.
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