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Hi! I'm a new member of TalkBudgies as I recently got a new budgie. It kind of looks like :budge: except with yellow instead of white. Here it is:
It doesn't have a name yet, any suggestions? Today is its second day home and I think it's fine except sometimes it just dives off a high perch and lands on the cage floor, then just scrabbles around for a while going from corner to corner. It really confuses me but I think it's trying to look for a way to escape. So once I tame it I can let it out of the cage. It was hand-tamed before and is only 7 weeks so it should be easier. I'll give it a few more days to settle in, then the journey will start! I'll keep you updated!

Sorry for the large picture, I'm not sure how to make it smaller.
 

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Do you know the gender? I'm no expert by any means, but it looks like a boy to me. Did you have any names in mind?
 

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Hi and :welcome: to Talk Budgies!

Your new budgie is very cute.
It appears the breeder clipped one of the budgie's wings and not the other. I would suggest having the other wing clipped as well so the baby will have better balance.

I can't see your budgie's cere in this picture so I can't see it's gender. Can you post a close-up frontal picture of the cere taken in natural light? (It's pretty hard for me to suggest names not knowing the gender. :giggle:)

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Welcome to talk budgies. Beautiful bird you have there. I'm sure when we see some closeup, fronatal pics, we will be able to help you tell for sure on gender. You have found a great forum here to help you learn everything you need to know about training, and all other thing's"budgie"...:)
 

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Hi there and welcome to the forums!

What a cute little friend ;) Congratulations on your new family member! :D

You've been given excellent advice and resources to read! Once you've read through it all, if any questions remain, feel free to ask ask :)

As for names, I also don't have a huge range of gender neutral names, but there's a list you may find useful of names sorted by colour, and gender, including unknown gender.
http://talkbudgies.com/new-budgie-arrivals/271522-unique-names-unique-budgies.html

I can't wait to see more pictures of him/her, and confirm the gender as well! I'm glad you've joined us--hope to see you around the forums! :wave:
 

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Welcome to Talk Budgies. That is a lovely bird you have there! :)

A couple of suggestions: firstly, I would get rid of the bars on the floor - your budgie will not be able to walk or explore properly as it is; secondly, most avian vets do not recommend sandpaper on the bottom as it can damage their feet - why not try using plain A4, blotting paper or newspaper without colour print.

More pics would be wonderful! We like looking at members' budgies here! Have a lot of fun with you new little friend - looks a bit like a little boy to me, but a full frontal pic would be useful as already mentioned. There are quite a few gender experts on this forum! :)
 

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Thank you all for the warm welcome and fast replies! Thank you for the warning about only 1 wing being clipped, I will look into it and see if I can get the other wing clipped. I will try and get another picture of its cere up as soon as possible in the Sexing Budgies section. Also, sorry about the angle of the photo - the bar is actually quite a bit up from the floor. It's sand, not sandpaper - does that have bad effects too?? Sorry for the confusion!

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I still have no idea how, but my budgie escaped from its cage today! In fact it's still out. I was just in another room, I came out and look who should be greeting me but my budgie! I'm just so glad its wings were clipped, even if only partially. I was really freaked and I managed to kind of hoard it in the right direction back into the room with its cage. It flew under the bed but once I played some budgie noises it came out and then was just talking to itself in the mirror. I made sure it didnt starve and scattered seed on the ground. Not sure what I'll do about the mess of poop later though! It's been a few hours and I KNOW it can see the large opening of the cage, the cage I have is the type with a large open sideways door. It chose to fly onto the top of the cage and I'm just sittin' here waiting for it to fly back in. In a way I think this will turn out to be a positive experience because it's sitting there really quietly and bonding with me and getting used to my presence, and finally it's not running around on the cage floor looking for a way to escape! But should I let it out every day like this since it wants to be out so much? Will it escape by itself if I don't? I have no idea how it escaped, all the doors were definitely closed. I'm going to have to get a different cage and peg all the doors shut for now. Answers appreciated!
 

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My first concern is, do you have other pets in the house? You don't want him/her exposed to the dangers of a cat or dog! I do not and will never trust my dog around my budgies. Another suggestion besides "no sand paper" is you may want to replace the plastic perches with wood ones...wood perches that vary in size are healthier for their little feet! If you read this old post it lists unsafe and safe wood for perches...... mine have a grapevine perch that they love! http://talkbudgies.com/do-yourself/39031-safe-wood-perches-playtrees.html

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Regarding sand on the bottom, I think you will find opinion is divided. In Germany they use it commonly, everywhere else in the world it is mostly not favoured. Personally I don't think it is a good idea: firstly because a budgie may ingest it (budgies do not need grit and you never know what is actually in the sand); secondly because you will not see their droppings properly (how the droppings look is a major tool in our armoury to identify any health issues).

The bars on the floor - you could leave them in but cover them with paper.

If your bird is not in already, I think you need to get him back in the cage under your control with his food and water to hand. Try using a net or a large cloth or towel to catch him if you are having problems. Alernatively, chase him until he is tired out and simply lift him back in. Once in, cover the back, the sides and the top of the cage with a sheet or something similar, and put some relaxing music on for him - classical works well. That should make him feel more secure and less likely to want to escape.

Remember, owning a budgie is a long term commitment. How you do things at the outset makes a huge difference to your bonding, his health and his happiness! :)
 

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Thank you all for the advice! I have had a look at the list of good and bad woods and will work on getting safer perches soon. I'll also replace the sand with newspaper the next time I change it, thanks! No I don't have any other pets. It wouldn't go back in so I had to catch it in the end, I played some music and it actually started sleeping! I've also posted a picture of my budgie in the Sexing Budgies section to find out its gender.

I have a solution to letting out my budgie when it's not hand-tamed. I set up a corner of the room big enough to hold the cage and a little area for the budgie. When I'm able to supervise it, I'll move the cage to the corner and open the door of the cage and it can come out and play as it likes in the little corner which I've filled with a few toys. My budgie can either go back by itself or I'll just hoard it back into its cage since the corner is so small.

That's what I did today, but my budgie didn't want to come out at all for two hours. It stood at the doorway though and fell asleep to classical music :D If I put my hand in its cage, it isn't especially scared of my hand but will not voluntarily come near it and will go out of its way to avoid it. I'll keep doing this until my budgie doesn't mind my hand being in its cage at all, and will post again when there's more news!
 
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