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Hello!

Relatively new here but I recently adopted my boy Arby and there's a few concerns I have regarding his health and wellbeing.

For some context, we purchased him from a small pet store just over a week ago. The owner seemed to be under the impression he was only 12-14 weeks old when in fact it was more likely he was 12-14 months old! (his irises are a light grey). We took him regardless as the other budgies in the cage were younger and seemingly not very interested in socialising with him. I should note that inside the pet store he was seemingly fine with people around, but preening an awful lot. His cage was clean and he had access to a variety of food and toys.

After getting him home and giving him a few days to settle, I noticed that Arby was constantly tugging at the leg ring he has. It's a silver metal one and dated as '22' - I assume this is supposed to indicate the year he was bred?

As it's very obvious he's over a year old, I'm inclined to believe he might have had this leg ring forced on him before he was sold to the pet store. His behaviour indicates he's terrified of hands and I often see him shaking even when I'm on the other side of the room. He's already chirping and quite comfortable in his new home, but seemingly scared of all people.

Can I expect to see him adjust further in the following week? Would having the leg ring removed just add to his stress?
 

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Thanks so much for the advice!

We unfortunately had to upset him with a move to a new cage as the one we had first bought for him was too small and actually ended up breaking. Since the new cage though he has seemingly perked up more and actually chews on the toys rather than the leg ring.

A vet trip will be happening in due course anyway but I think he is definitely going to need a few more weeks of quiet time as suggested! (y)
 
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