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Old 11-11-2018, 12:35 PM
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Hello all

I introduced Elwin a on the forum a couple of weeks back but I have some more questions and I am not sure which section they fall into so forgive me for posting in new arrivals again.

So, Elwin has been with us two weeks. If anything, he seems more scared of hands than he was at first. He has accepted millet and basil from me a couple of times but normally he just panics if we put our hands in the cage (e.g. to change food and water) so now we are just retreating and leaving him to his own devices for a week or two. He has been with us two weeks. If anyone has any advice, I would be grateful.

My second questions are around his mutation. I have attached two pictures from today. He is clearly pied (you can't see from the pictures but he has a blue back and is lemon and white coloured everywhere else with the exception of two tiny blue spots on his chest.

When we first got him, we were told he was 8 weeks old so he is 10 weeks now. He had no cheek patches but now he has the start of some with one tiny purple spot on his right cheek and a couple of white pin feathers on both cheeks. Is this normal to have no cheeks? Also, he already has spiky pin feathers on his head - it seems a bit early. Is that normal?

Lastly, he doesn't seem to sing much. In contrast to other budgies I have had he is very quiet and doesn't seem to play much. Any thoughts?

Sorry to ask so many questions but you are the budgie 'experts' so thanks in advance!
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Old 11-11-2018, 02:25 PM
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Thank you for the new pics, Elwin is just SO cute!

It’s common for a budgie to be a little more afraid of hands after a couple weeks. They have gained enough confidence at this point to tell you to back off. Many times budgies appear more tame than they are when they’re first brought home because they’re insecure and scared.

Remember, two weeks is still very new, and it can take weeks to months of patient persistence to get a budgie to trust you. After they trust you, then you’ll be able to see if they are interested in becoming more bonded to humans, or if they prefer to not to be.

You can start to try by approaching in a relaxed manner, and even sitting down by the cage first. Talk to Elwin softly, then slowly move in by setting your hand just at the edge of the open cage door, holding a piece of millet or favorite treat. This is the first step to direct interaction. Don’t be discouraged if this step takes longer than you anticipated. Remember, after all, birds are prey animals and aren’t domesticated. Good luck with Elwin .

If you haven’t already taken a look, the Taming and Bonding section has some good information in the Stickies and posts.
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Elwin needs time to settle into his new environment and become comfortable with his new surroundings.

Playing music for him when you aren't around will be helpful as well. Budgies perceive no noise as meaning there may be danger.

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.

To build Elwin'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.
Donít make sudden moves, donít 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 may be able to 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.

Once Elwin settles in more he may start to play and sing more. At that time, you may have to "teach" him to play with his toys.

With regard to his mutation, I can't help you there, one of our mutations experts will be by to answer that question.
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Great information given to you. Spend lots of time around him, with super slow movement especially when changing food. Talk to him a lot and keep music or TV on to provide sound background which should help him relax. Good luck but be patient.
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Omg your budgie is soo cute! I'd suggest once he is more comfortable with you, that you replace the plastic perches with natural wooden perches of varying widths. This will prevent bumble foot and promote good circulation in the feet.
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You've been given great advice

Also, depending on mutations, some budgies don't have cheek patches. Many heavily pied birds like your little one have only one or none of the usual markings on their face

I would say he's a mauve yellow face opaline combination pied budgie, he could just be recessive pied as well. It's hard to tell because he has so few markings! Also, he could be a girl I can't see the photos well enough to confirm, though.
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