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Hello all

I don't post here as much as I should but we have just bought home a new baby budgie (two days ago) after the loss of our wonderful budgie Henry a month ago.

His name is Elwin as it means 'elf-wise friend' and he looks like a little elf. By the way, I would be interested to know his mutation as I have never seen one like this.

He is terrified and quite quiet but is eating a drinking in full view of us. He has had some runny droppings but seems to be settling now. I guess that is to be expected. If a bird cheeps outside he cheeps back which makes me feel a little sad but again to be expected.

Unfortunately however we noticed a louse/lice on him yesterday (just the one) and so had to treat him with the 'Beapher spot-on treatment which meant catching him and running the serum into his neck. Understandably he does not like us much for that. But, onwards and upwards.

I am a bit worried that he is reserved (he certainly wasn't at the pet store) but I think I am comparing him too much with Henry who was hand reared and happy to step up within a couple of days. I had a budgie for 11 years before Henry and I can't remember how long he took to tame as it was such a long time ago. Elwin comes from an aviary (hence the lice) so it is different. Plus he is very small. The pet shop owner said 8 weeks but I think it may be more like 6.

Any advice, suggestions etc gratefully received. I promise to post more often.
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Hello! Welcome back .

Oh my Elwin is absolutely precious with his dark beady eyes. He’ll keep the dark eyes as an adult too, since he’s recessive pied. We don’t see them real often with no color patches on the front. He is just gorgeous! I’m partial to the yellow/blue too .

Just because Elwin might be a little smaller than you’re used to, it doesn’t necessarily mean he’s 6 weeks old instead of 8 weeks like the breeder claims. He just might be a petite individual. As long as he’s fully weaned, you should be fine.

Many times when birds come to a new home and environment, they’ll understandably be scared and not adjusted yet. That’s why you’re noticing Elwin not acting like himself (the way he was in the aviary). Let him settle in for a couple weeks at least, before attempting to interact personally with him or tame him, to allow him to see that his new environment is his safe and comfortable place, and that you aren’t a threat. Also, don’t worry if Elwin doesn’t have a full appetite yet, because of the drastic shift in environment.

Take a look at our Stickies and Articles, for a refresher on keeping budgies at their best. It’s good to review, and we’re occasionally adding new ones. The Stickies will help to answer questions that might come up. We have lots of great information on healthcare, diet, housing, essentials to a great cage, taming/bonding, etc.

The addition of some natural branches to the cage would be nice. We recommend them for foot health because the uneven texture and sizing in the branch will help to exercise his feet, and help avoid pressure sores. Also, they just look great too.

Looking forward to hearing and seeing more of Elwin!
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Thanks so much for your reply. He is a cutie.

Hopefully we have treated the lice problem successfully. We only saw one but know fully well there is never just one. I was very cross as we phoned the pet shop as we thought he would want to know about lice and maybe tell the aviary Elwin came from about it. His response was to bring him back and change him! As if.

One thing - he has no cheek patches at all. I can't find any other picture of a budgie without cheek patches - will he grow them? I had figured he was a recessive pied and read about the dark eyes but most seem to be blue/white or yellow/green not yellow/blue. He has two tiny blue spots on his chest. Will his pied markings change with the molt or stay the same?

Natural branches is a great idea - will see what I can do. At the moment he is happily eating a mix of seeds and pellets so that is great and I think he even tried the spinach leaf I put in yesterday. He certainly likes his food!
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I’m sorry that the pet shop offered to exchange Elwin, and not care about their lice problem in the aviary. If you used the spot on treatment as directed, you should be okay. Keep looking to make sure. Did you also thoroughly take apart and clean every square inch in the cage including crevices? If not, there might be another life cycle developing in the cage. I’m no entomologist, so I’m not certain about the life cycles of bird lice, but this is what we recommend in the case of mites.

Elwin is still a blue series (blue and white) budgie, but with the yellow face gene spreading down his body, it makes him appear yellow. I think it’s single factor yellowface, but the mutations experts will know for sure.
Since he is so heavily pied, the areas where his cheek patches would have been are evidently in a pied area. If you look closely, they would be white.


That’s great that Elwin has already tried spinach! He may be one with a good appetite to try new foods! Keep introducing new fresh foods while he’s still young and getting used to his environment. As a general rule, dark green and dark orange produce holds the most nutrition.
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Thank you. Yes, cage taken apart and hosed down with washing up liquid and bleach, carefully dried etc.

That is fascinating about his mutation - thank you. He is very unusual for sure.
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Natalie,

I'm so sorry to hear about your loss of Henry.

Elwin is ADORABLE and I'm totally smitten with him!
I do hope you'll create an on-going picture thread for him in the Budgie Pictures section of the forum.

RavensGryf has given you excellent advice

Take a look at the info in this link for some ideas on how to make Elwin's home the best possible for him.

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Elwin is completely adorable! What amazing colouration!
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