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Hello everyone! I just made an account here and it would be extremely appreciated if I could receive some advice. I recently purchased a budgie from a local pet store. The lady there said that the budgie I had purchased was approximately seven months old, and had her wings clipped. I named her Ripley, as I am a bit of a science fiction nerd:). I brought her home, and she immediately flew to one of the perches and has stayed there since. That night I had covered her cage with a very thin blanket. This morning I heard fluttering around, and when I opened the cage, she was on top of one of her toys. No food or water has been taken. She has not moved for the past seven hours, and I'm a little nervous. Is this just her being scared? Inside her cage, I have two perches, two toys, a bath, a cuttlebone, and food and water. Is there anything else that she needs? Another question I had is regarding cleaning the bottom of her cage. There is some poop, and I was wondering how I should go about taking care of it. The cage does not have a slid out bottom. Should I just let her out while I clean it, or would that be a poor idea?

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Hi! :welcome: to Talk Budgies

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 budgie's 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.
Don't make sudden moves, don't try to touch him.
Let his 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 to him whenever you interact with him.

This link will explain the items you should have in your budgie's cage:

What sort of cage do you have that doesn't have a slide out tray?
Are you able to detach the bottom easily?
If so, you can simply detach the bottom, lift the top of the cage and set it to the side on a stable surface while you clean the cage bottom out.

I'd wait a day or so before attempting any cleaning. Give Ripley a little time to adjust first.

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Welcome to the forums and the ever exciting world of budgie ownership! :)
You have certainly come to the right place as you will find all you need to know on budgie care here.
Since you are relatively new to budgies, the information on the several articles and sticky threads located at the top part of each section of the forums will be extremely useful as you become more acquainted with the species.
You can start by checking this link:

What you have described is common in pet birds recently purchased and in order to facilitate the settling in process, make them more at ease and less stressed, it's good to keep the cage covered on 3 sides (leaving the front part uncovered) and having some background noise in the room.
Soothing music, for example would be a good option and will also help in terms of decreasing your budgie's stress levels and will even encourage your budgie to sing.

Food and water needs to be checked and changed daily.
It's important to see if the food bowl has seeds or seed hulls, many inexperienced owners mistake the hulls for seeds.

Since your budgie is not yet used to the room she is in nor is she trained, it's best for now that you keep her on the cage while you do the cleaning.
If there is not a slide out tray, then you will have to carefully remove the bottom of the cage and place it on a table or on the floor so that your budgie doesn't escape.

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:) greetings and welcome glad you joined got some wonderful advice from our wonderful staff.everyone is so helpful and knowledgeable.I wish you and your budgie the best and many happy years together.we're here for you .Blessings

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Welcome to the very best forum you could find for moving forward and developing a great relationship with your new little friend. Besides the great advice you have already been given by our very best folk's, thre is every bit of info you could need here, and plenty of helpful, experienced member's to answer anymore question's which you should feel free to ask....:)

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Hello and welcome, you are experiencing very much what most of us have gone through when we bring home our first feathered friend.
The information you have been given is excellent, please do read the links and threads directed to. Any questions please do ask and do not feel silly or shy for asking.:green pied:

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Hi there and :welcome: to the forums!

Congratulations on your cute little Ripley! We can't wait to meet her ;) :photo:

You've definitely come to the best place to learn even more about these cute little birds, and have already been given some excellent advice with regards to her settling in :D

Be sure to read through the links provided, and feel free to ask if you have any questions after doing so :thumbsup:

Hope to see you around! :wave:
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