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Do baby budgies need a lot of water?

My budgie is recently new, I got him 2 days ago and he is around 6 weeks old.
Everything seems to be normal due to stress reasons of being moved and all. However I didn't read up about it affecting poop.

When he got home, he was pooping normally but today he had a buildup of poo that was sticking to his butt. This occurred twice and has left a stain on his feathers around it.

Is this a stress reaction? or am I not feeding him enough variety?
I put a piece of broccoli in his bowl but he didn't eat it and how do I get the stains of his butt? I tried wiping but he flew away before my hand touched him.

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Hi! :welcome: to Talk Budgies

Budgies often don't eat or drink when you first bring them home.
He will clean the poop off himself when he preens.

Once he starts eating and drinking normally, the poop won't be as sticky as is is now.
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.
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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.
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Thank you Faery, your post is reassuring. But it came a little late, I started to worry as all of his poops were building up and he out with broken u rates and so I grabbed him to wipe his bottom. Now he just stands in one spot and is a little more jumpy, will he forever see me as a predator now? :(
 

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Don't worry! I had to grab my budgie to take him to the vet when I first got him and then to deal with a blood feather. Your budgie will forgive you, just take your time and go slowly :)
 

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It will be fine.
Just let him rest and relax now and follow the guidelines in my initial post on this thread.
Give the little guy time to settle in.
Talk to him calmly and reassuringly whenever you interact with him.
 

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Hi there and :welcome: to the forums!

You've been given great advice, I agree completely with the above. In a few days, your budgie will start to settle in more.

It is really great to have you here and you couldn't have come to a better place to learn even more about budgies!

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If you have any questions after reading through everything, be sure to ask as we'd love to help :p

We look forward to seeing you and your budgie around the forums! :yo:

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Thanks guys, the advice is helpful indeed. Most of the things I've found online are aimed at adult budgies which are already settled in, which I've started to realise. I'll be sure to check out all the information there is on this website :)
 

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Hi :welcome: to Talk Budgies!

Your new little one should be settled in soon. Thank you for taking the time to browse through and find the valuable information our website has to offer :). If you still have any questions, we'll be happy to help. Have you named your new budgie yet?

We'd love to see a photo when you get a chance... :photo:
 
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