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Taming and Bonding Taming and Bonding is all about helping your budgie learn to TRUST you. This requires time and patience and does not happen overnight.

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Old 03-19-2016, 09:23 AM
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I've had my baby budgie for a week now, Ruby isn't tamed. Even though i'm sitting next to him, he will climb to the top of the cage and stubbornly try to squeeze through the bars, his head will squeeze through but he cant get out, im worried he might injure himself.

I've never had a bird before so im not sure if this is normal behaviour.
He also goes a bit crazy and flies around his cage. Whats a normal behaviour for a new baby budgie? Is it normalfor him to go from 3-4 days quiet and still to a bird who flies around his cage trying to escape?

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Old 03-19-2016, 09:55 AM
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It takes time for a recently purchased to bird settle in a new home and environment and usually after a few days of adjusting to the new place, budgies will start to feel more comfortable and they will begin to explore their cage, show some of their playfulness and they may also find their voices and start chirping/singing.

The fact that your budgie manages to squeeze his head through the cage's bars is not a good thing and it's clear this cage is not adequate for Ruby.
This is something that can't be left to chance, because your budgie can get injured or suffer a really tragic accident while squeezing through the bars.
You need to get a cage with the appropriate bar spacing for budgies and this should not go over 1/2 ".
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Greetings juliaa .let me ask is your cage over a 1/2 inch in the bars on the cage?.you need to make sure is not over that.also make sure your cage is properly secure on the top and all around.if he can squeeze it's head through it could get seriously hurt .another way to help calm it.put a cover around it 3 sides leaving the front open.so it will be just focused on the front.most budgies when get them will be scared flying around.it's best to let it settle in for a couple weeks.then you can slowly work on the training process.you can try soothing music and tv to help it relax some.and gentle talking.telling it what you're going to do .like cleaning it's cage ,changing food etc.so it knows you won't hurt it.just like other animals it takes a little time and patients to earn it's trust in you. I hope this will help you some.I'm sure our wonderful folks here will help you out more.blessings and if you need more help where here for you.
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It is critical you have a cage with correct bar spacing.
A budgie should never be kept in a cage with spacing more than 1/2" between bars.

Please take the appropriate measures to ensure Ruby does not injure himself.
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Budgies bar spacing is 2.5 cm, i think we might have to go shopping for a new cage as i don't want Ruby to injure himself
Thank you for all those that have supported me with this cage dilemma and my other post about his fruits and veg
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I'd suggest a flight cage for little Bertie.

Here are some links that you may find helpful:

Liberta Oregon Flight Cage Liberta Oregon Flight Cage


Finca Melodia Bird Cage



Ferplast Piano 6 Bird Cage


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I'm glad you'll be finding little Ruby a new cage! I'm sure it will be much better for him
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Those cage suggestions FaeryBee gave you in the links look like some nice choices!
Get the largest one (inside dimensions) that you can afford. The 2.5 cm you have is like one of my parrot cages strictly meant only for larger birds. A standard size budgie can squeeze it's entire body out of the cage and escape if it wants to, or a larger budgie can get hurt trying. Looking forward to seeing what you end up getting!
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