Hello! Welcome back
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!