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Hi, we have had Pip for 2 weeks, he joined our family at 4 months old. He is an only budgie in a cage indoors. He has one wing clipped. We were told he was hand tamed but he isnt and we would like to let him out of his cage.
Is this a good idea? We can make the room safe but we dont want to scare him. His cage is on a stand so we will make a ladder of sorts for him to climb up back into his cage. Im guessing we should take his cage into a smaller room to let him out than where he is staying as it is an open plan house.
Also should we get another budgie for company? if so what would be best for a 4 month old male budgie? We are so new to Budgies so any good info would be appreciated.

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I would not let the bird out just yet, one problem is the wings, you said only one was clipped, this will cause the bird to be unbalanced if he tries to fly, if you are going to clip I think it should be both wings or don't clip. There are ways to clip the wings that still allow the bird to fly a bit but they cannot get any lift, this sort of clip is meant to allow them to glide to a surface should they attempt to fly rather then plop to the floor as can happen with a more severe clip. 2 weeks is a very short time and you need to get to know one another better before letting the bird out and the bird needs to be comfortable in his surroundings and yes I would advise doing it in a closed room at first. There are many dangers in a house that can cause harm to a bird and you need to be fully aware of that. It would be best if you had the bird trained to at least step up onto a perch before letting him out, that way if you had to retrieve him from someplace you would have a way of doing that rather than trying to catch him in some other way to get him back into his cage.
If you feel you would like another bird I would suggest another male but be aware that if they do not get along would have to be prepared to house them separately, also when introducing a new bird the new bird needs to be quarantined for at least 30 days to be sure it does not have any illness that could be passed to your current bird.
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Hi Cody thank you so much for your reply & valuable information. Our Pip is so gorgeous my son & I absolutely love him.
We will bond with him longer before letting him out & try to get him to sit on our finger before letting him out. Is it ok if both my son & I try to do this or just one of us?
Pip is eating his seed & egg food well but no vegies or fruit yet I hope this is ok?
Also we have tried a couple of bed options for him to be comfortable & warm of a night but he hasnt taken to them is he ok sitting to sleep on a perch in the top corner of his cage? I feel he needs more. I have attached a photo of Pip in his cage, I would really appreciate your feed back on his set up as he just seems a little lonely & scared. Thanks heaps
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Your photo did not attach so I cannot see him. How old is your son, if he is very young I would not advise allowing him access to the bird without supervision at all times. Young children do not always understand how their movements and noise could scare or injure a bird. It can take quite some time to get your bird to try veggies as they are suspicious of new things, just don't give up. You don't need to do anything special for sleeping, birds generally like to seek out a high spot and sleep there. Do you have a swing in the cage and do you cover the cage at night? If he seems scared at night you can cover the cage or partially cover it with a light cover and leave a night light on.
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Hi and to Talk Budgies

Cody has given you excellent advice.

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Hi there and to Talk Budgies!

You've been given great advice above

Also, there are a lot of great resources on the forums to help you with little Pip. Be sure to have a look through all the links and resources that FaeryBee has given you, to ensure you're up to date on the best of budgie care practices. If you have any questions afterwards, please be sure to ask as we'd love to help!

We look forward to meeting Pip when you get a chance!

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