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Old 01-31-2019, 11:53 AM
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Yesterday a tragic accident happened that led me to start thinking about adopting a new budgie. Since there are plenty that are left in pet stores that few people want and you probably know where they go after no one wants them. I picked up a male I'm pretty sure he was sleeping at the time like most the budgies there. He/She was very grouchy and angry at the time and bit the person and was squawking in the carrier box all the way home. We thought this would be a downside until we realized how calm He/She was. From learning previous reactions from Trickee. We decided to immediately cut His/Her's wings so they wouldn't fly into places unreachable or get hurt. They were being a bit flappy but they didn't really squawk or argue. At the time he was super calm more of in a shock mode. Of course he didn't know how to step up so I decided to try so I didn't have to grab him and take him back to the cage. At this time I noticed that His/Her's feet were extremely flat. Not anything like Trickee's where there was some tallness. I also noticed they were close to the ground and had no lift. It took a few minutes but He/She stepped up onto my finger and I placed Him/Her into the cage. We left Him/Her there for a few hours and decided to talk to Him/Her and introduce him to what it was like for my hand to be in the cage. He/She flew around at first but calmed down and stepped up. This was about another hour in and we let Him/Her sit on my desk. He/She was still kind of in shock and was slowly starting to look around more and explore everything. At this time we decided to feed Him/Her. He/Her is a fancy parakeet as the store said since this was one of the types of color combination that looked really good. We brought out the millet which was the best thing to get them to eat from your hand. He/Her did go for the millet but we noticed something strange. His/Her's mouth was super small so was their beak. It seemed like they had trouble eating even one seed. We switched to the new food that I just bought Him/Her which was parakeet food. https://www.petco.com/shop/en/petcos...-parakeet-food

The eating part concerned me because his tail feathers looked like they were attacked and he seemed malnourished as well as His/Her's poop was way bigger than normal. This also brought up the factor if He/She was blind or not. We tried introducing Him/Her to the bowl and He/She ate out of my hand but didn't seem to notice the seeds in the bowl. We even filled it to the top when we left Him/Her to sleep last night and they still didn't notice it. I am super concerned especially in the fact if they could be malnourished. When we went to give Him/Her water out of the bottle they went crazy drinking the water which was weird for me to see that. We are still not sure if He/She is blind or not but He/She seems to be WAY to young to be at a pet store. We've also noticed they have a maybe delay in feet movement. One foot can go up and it seems like they forgot the other foot was even there and it sorta hangs there. It goes for both feet it doesn't seem like one. He/She doesn't have that much of a trouble walking but there seems to be a delay. Otherwise of the delay and not seeming to be able to eat correctly. They are very calm and like to look at things. They don't seem to have shown that much of their personality yet. They seem to be just sleepy and looking around all the time. His/Her poop is also normal color but very watery and not much of anything in it. So I will need advice on feeding.

Here are some pictures to understand the gender and what type of mutation they are.

Here is a picture of them from the back you can also see where his tail feathers are messed up



We named them Mercedes because of their small, flat and thick build like a Mercedes car.



A picture from the front (He doesn't like anything in front of his face much)


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Old 01-31-2019, 01:26 PM
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Mercedes is a cute little boy . He’s a sky blue recessive pied. Maybe opaline too I think. I’m sure he’s not blind , just give him time to settle in and become adjusted to his new life and surroundings. I know you’ll do well with him!
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Mercedes is a darling little boy.

Taming and Bonding

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.

You can cover the top and three sides of the cage to help the budgie feel more secure. 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.
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 budgieís 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 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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Mercedes is adorable and I know heíll be very happy with you. I highly recommend you follow FaeryBees advice and not move too fast. While Mercedes is in his cage settling in, you can talk to him, sing to him etc to get him used to your presence but itís too soon to have him out exploring or trying to step up. He needs to get to know and feel comfortable and safe in his cage before moving in to anything else.


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Mercedes is very cute, I really like his coloring. The issue with the tail feathers is probably from overcrowding at some point and maybe being nipped at by other birds, they will eventually molt out and new ones will grow in.
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He has settled in more and we cleaned out the cage. He was on my desk for most of the day exploring. I've been trying to get him to eat and drink as much as I can. He is malnourished because I felt his keel bone and it was super sharp. He probably was unable to get food or water because there were about 20 budgies in one cage. It's kinda sad because most of the people that worked there were young and were probably just given instructions on how to clean and feed them. He has perked up and opened up more since we have started feeding him. His poop is also getting more formed and not liquid. We also moved around stuff in the cage since he has balance issues and cant go to high places. The only problems I have is his inability to understand where to eat and drink on his own. He is hungry he just doesn't understand what a bowl is and where he can find his food.
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If you change the paper on top of the bottom grate both morning and evening, you can easily spread Mercedes ration of seed on the paper in the cage to allow him to forage.
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If you change the paper on top of the bottom grate both morning and evening, you can easily spread Mercedes ration of seed on the paper in the cage to allow him to forage.
He is getting more better at eating. While I left today he ate a little bit on his own. We still have been hand feeding him though. We are trying to direct him towards his bowls and its been good so far. Pointing at the bowl actually works and I was surprised. He is settling in nicely, though sometimes he gets freaked out when we leave for a while and come back. His balance issues are still clear especially when this morning he tried to put his leg into his feathers so he could sleep. He kept pulling his toes together and then pulling them back out because he probably couldn't balance correctly. We've noticed he likes flat surfaces and likes crawling up and sitting on us. Even though he doesn't really interact yet he still does come to us even if we aren't paying attention to him. He has a little bit of black and his feet are dry. I'm planning on using coconut oil and see if that helps.
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