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After 3 years my friend's family can no longer care for this little budgie.
he was purchased as a gift for the little sister who was begging for months for wanting a little bird. she no longer care for him the way she should and the mom is left with all the responsibilities, but the mom is allergic to the little birdy.

I have 2 cats and a long haired(Wolly) Huskey
The family know that my family has taken care of many animals and we cant really say no to animals in need.

i have not owned a pet bird before. both of my parents have had birds at different stages of their lives. in my dads 20s he owned a pet shop.

Taking care of him won't be a problem.

im worried that he will be verry stressed out being moved from one home to another from a house with 3 kids under the age of 13 to a house with 2 cats a dog and a 14 year old boy who is very loud.

i really want to love this bird.

apparently he loves being talked to.

he also is afraid of hands when they go in his cage.

i guess im asking people with experience:
what is the best way to get cats used to a pet bird?
would it be like how i had my dog introduced to the cats? i kept my cts in 1 room let them get used to surroundings then i had a dog gate and have them meet through the gate then i let my cats choose form there. my cats and dog are bests of friends.
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what is the best way to handle a frightened bird, i want to hold him alot and get him used to fingers. but i dont want to scare him or put him up to tomany changes all at once.

Thank you for your help!
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p.s. we will have him tuesday afternoon
 

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Hi, welcome to the forum.

The best thing if you wish to care for this budgie in a house with cats, birds and a loud brother, is to find a nice quiet and peaceful room to set him up in.
Is your bedroom a viable option?

There's no safe way to have cats and birds meet and get used to one another. Cats are so quick and your new bird is so terrified already that trying to get it used to a cat would not help and endanger it's life.

Please DO NOT consider trying to introduce the cats or dog to your budgie.

There is no need for them to be close to one another.

As it seems you are already going to take this bird in I would sort out a quiet space for him to move into. Yes, this poor little bird will be stressed and very afraid when it comes to you.
To start with you need to not think about trying to get it friendly and just let it settle in. Give it a safe, stress free place to live and just talk to it. Don't try and do any bonding as you will likely scare it more.

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Hi there!

Therm has given some great advice and resources.

There is no need for the cats to even know about the bird. He should be in his own room with a door so that whenever you interact with him, even if it's just to clean his cage or anything, the door is securely locked so curious paws can't come in and cause a tragedy.

Many members here have cats and dogs along with their bird(s), and most of them are able to live just fine together as long as the cats never have access to the bird room or bird cage. Just the presence of a cat in the room can stress a budgie out so severely, they may not eat or sleep.

Aluz provided a useful link in your introductory thread that I'll post here again just for convenience:
http://talkbudgies.com/general-budgie-talk/329945-cats-dogs-predators-birds-prey.html

Also, taming and bonding takes lots of time and patience to get him used to hands and coming out of the cage. You should start by giving him a period of around two weeks to settle into his new home, and throughout that time, you can sit by his cage and talk to him as much as you can. Putting his cage in a room where you spend a lot of time in, such as a bedroom or office (as long as it has a door) is a great place as you can go about your daily work or activities while chatting with him.

Next you can slowly start to get him used to your hands. This is a long process and there's no "set" time he will adjust in, it's up to his comfort level. You can slowly put your hand in the cage as far away from him as possible and talk to him reassuringly. Don't move your hand closer at all until he can go about his normal activities and is showing positive body language (i.e relaxed position). This may take several days or even weeks. As he gets used to your hand, other types of taming will follow, like "stepping up" on your finger.

You shouldn't try and pet him or grab him, as budgies are not "cuddly" birds and don't like being touched ;)

Best of luck!
 

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Hi! :welcome: to Talk Budgies

Therm has given you the absolute BEST possible advice.
The budgie needs to be housed in a room where there will be no access for the cats or dog at any time. It would also be a good idea to have a slide bolt put on the door on the inside of the room so if you are in the room and working with the budgie on out-of-cage time, you can lock the door to ensure no one in your family inadvertently opens it and allows the budgie to escape.

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Hi, Above posts are excellent guidance. Do not panic. It is really possible for both birds and and furry friends to safely live in the same home. Do not forget to have music or a radio as silence means danger to a budgie. He will need a best friend, human or male budgie that is older like your little budgie. It is possible to train him to over come his fear. But first let him get settled. and be sure to make as much time as possible just for him . He is going to miss his old family but not what ever made him afraid of hands.
Blessings, Jo Ann:Love birds:
 

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we just got him

THANK YOU EVERYONE!

He is in my bed room! right now his name is blue :cobalt linnie: i would like to change it maybe blue berry?

He is skinny.
His beak is too long.
He has very dry skin under his wings.
his former owners put the sandpaper stuff under the bottom portion of the cage in stead of where he could scratch his talons on it.
and i need to clean his cage

but most importantly he seems comfortable in his new home. and its only been about an hour and he is eating right now!
i sang to him and he was singing back.

he laughs when he hears laughing.

he briefly saw my huskey Salem and he didnt freak out salem was a good boy and acted like nothing was out of the ordinary he just wanted to say hi to my friend who was already in my room when i was carying the cage.

he is bopping around and singing.

 

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I'm glad he seems to be settling in so far!

I'm sure with that much needed cage clean and some new perches and a healthy diet, he'll start feeling much better :D

Welcome home, little one! I do like the name Blueberry :)
 

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What a cutie! He looks just like my Ice! I'm sure with a good diet and a clean cage he will get healthier in your care.:)
 
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