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Old 09-07-2018, 09:13 AM
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Hello all!
So I kept telling my girlfriend no to a bird and that I wasn't going to pay for it. well she eded up going behind my back 3 days ago and bought an albino budgie from pet co. Wherever we put him in his cage he will not move for hours. If I place him on the food holder he will eat but won't move when hes done. He will drink a very small amount f water if I place him next to the water too but just does not move anywhere. Also I'v been spending quite a bit of time with him in the past three days. he eats out of my hand and loves millit sprigs. he likes to climb around my shoulders when im playing video games and trys to climb my ears which kinda hurts. When I come close to the cage when hes in it he wil wag his tail a couple of times and flap his wings once or twice, is this a good thing? Here the best part, when my girlfriend takes him out of the cage and im in the same room, he will do this hi jumps across the room to get to me( clipped wings =( ) and climb up my jeans onto my shoulder =,). I'm just worried cause he does not eat or drink or move in his cage. He will chirp if he is on my shoulder though. Any advice would be greatly apreciated!!!!

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Old 09-07-2018, 10:27 AM
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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.

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.
Move slowly and talk reassuringly and calmly whenever you interact with him .

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.

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You’ve been given great advice above regarding the situation. We ask that all members please read through the Stickies and Articles provided. Lots of interesting and useful information, and you’ll find answers to more questions you may have.

To post pics to the forum, a photo sharing service (Imgur and others) works best.

Looking forward to hearing more as time goes by, and your little one gets settled in. Have you and your girlfriend decided on a name yet?
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Hi there and to the forums!

Benedict sounds very cute, and I'm glad that you like having him around.

However, it's best if you let him get used to his cage for two weeks without taking him out. As long as his cage is the correct size for one budgie, 18 x 18 x 18 (inches), then he will be just fine for that period of time. The thing is that he needs to see his cage as his home and as his "safe space" so he feels comfortable with you. During this time, be sure to spend lots of time with him talking, etc. to him so he feels safe.

As mentioned above, it may be a process to get him to trust you, but it will be worth it! Follow the steps outlined above by FaeryBee, which will be very helpful in starting the taming process.

Meanwhile, be sure to read through all the links provided above, as well as the rest of the forums, to ensure you and your girlfriend are up to date on the very best of budgie care practices.

We look forward to meeting Benedict when you have the time!

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