Good Morning! This may be a bit lengthy but I need serious help! I bought a new baby budgie exactly 3 weeks ago today.
(I know she's a baby because she has the stripes right above her cere.) This is not my first bird. In fact, she's bird #5 for me. However, it's been 10 years since the last time that I've owned one so I feel a bit rusty on how to bond with my new baby.
I've been spending as much time as possible with my budgie but nothing seems to help. I've had her about 3 weeks and she's still extremely quiet, doesn't chirp. She's still afraid to eat or drink in front of me. I have half of her cage covered to help make her feel secure. I read to her about 30 min to an hour a day. I don't make swift movements around her. I have tried feeding her millet but she won't even take a nibble of it. I just feel terrible because I think she's depressed and I don't want something to happen to her or for her to get sick from being sad. I keep her with me at all times. She sleeps in the room with me and when I go to the livingroom, I take her there as well so that she's around me constantly. I sing to her and play music. Nothing really seems to help. Can someone please offer any suggestions? I feel terrible. I want to let her out but she won't even leave her perch to do ANYTHING unless I leave the room or she thinks that I'm asleep. Please help!!
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Did you get this budgie from a breeder or a pet store?
Do you know the budgie's exact age?
When you are asleep, is the budgie eating, drinking and pooping normally?
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"Did you get this budgie from a breeder or a pet store? Do you know the budgie's exact age? When you are asleep, is the budgie eating, drinking and pooping normally"
I got my baby from the pet store. I'm unsure of her exact age but I'm assuming she's somewhere around 3 or 4 months, due to the lines/stripes on her head. And yes she eats when I'm asleep. Sometimes she will in front of me, if I'm not directly facing her or watching TV. And yes poop, urine and etc is normal.
The only time that she appears to behave "normal" is when I play YouTube videos of other budgies. She instantly chirps up, begins singing, playing with her toys and eating AND drinking in front of me. She continues doing this the entire time that the video is playing. But as soon as I turn the video off, she immediately reverts back to being quiet and stands still like that of a statue.
I'm hoping that this is just her personality and it is possibly taking her some time to become adjusted. But Idk if this is normal to behave this way after 3 weeks. My other birds in the past didn't behave this way, so I'm just concerned.
Some budgies do take longer to settle in than others.
If you haven't yet done so, it is always a good idea to visit an Avian Vet with any new bird for a well-birdie check-up.
I'd suggest doing that with your little one.
If she is in good health and hasn't perked up after another week, then I'd advise getting her same species friend.
Remember you'll need to quarantine any new bird.
Quarantine means housing the new bird in a different cage in a different room than the current bird (as far away from the room the current bird is in as possible) for a period of 35-45 days.
Budgies mask symptoms when they are ill. Symptoms may not show up for over two weeks.
Often you will not even realize your bird is not well. Many budgie illnesses are airborne which is why you need to quarantine your new bird in a completely different room.
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Thank you so much! I'll consider that. I just read that housing two birds instead of 1 makes it more difficult to bond with them because they will become more dependent on each other than their human caretakers. Plus, I've always just gotten one bird in the past. I've never housed two. But I'm willing to look into it if that will help.
It will take more time to tame and bond with two budgies, yes.
However, if the one little budgie continues to be extremely skittish and unhappy then you will definitely want to get her a friend (same gender is best!) so that she will have a happy life.
Some budgies simply don't ever bond to humans, by the way, but that doesn't mean you can't interact with them on their terms and enjoy just watching them "be birds".