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I have two new birds. Been home a few days now. I work 10 hour shifts so I felt two could keep each other company while I work. I got a small radio just for them during that time. Any idea what music they like? Jk. I know to take it slow, but anxious for some out of cage time. With that said, I see that a 30x18x18 cage is recommended, but I can't find one. The only one available at the store I went to was for a single budgie. My table is 30x24 and sits 3ft high. I feel 18 is a little too short. Maybe 30x24x24? Any advice on where to find an appropriate cage? The one I have now will serve as my quarantine cage once I find an appropriate size one. Thanks for your advice so far. I read several articles before posting.

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I would be leery of the Yaheetech cage myself since the spacing is .6 inch rather than .5
I know that isn't a very big difference, but you never know if a budgie is going to try to stick its head between the bars.

I like the Mcage and the Prevue Hendryx F040 cage OR you can get the Prevue Hendryx F050 which is a bit larger.
I have both the F040 cages and the F050 cages and have purchased the Mcage for a friend.

The Mcage and Prevue Hendryx F040 and F050 cages have proper bar spacing of 1/2 inch.

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Budgies need a minimum of two weeks to settle into their new home and you should not be trying to touch or tame them at this time. They are often submissive initially because they are terrified.

You can cover the top and three sides of the cage to help them feel more secure. Play music or the TV for them when you are not around during the day.

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.
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To bond with your budgie, you need to build their trust in you.
They will have to learn over time that you will not hurt them, grab them and try to force them to allow you to hold them.
To build your birds’ trust, sit by their cage and read, talk or sing quietly to them for a period of at least 10-15 minutes, 3 or 4 times day.
After about a week, rest your hand on the outside of the cage when you talk to them so they will learn that your hand is safe and will not hurt them.

After a week of resting your hand on the outside of the cage, rest your hand inside the cage when you talk.
Don’t make sudden moves, don’t try to touch them.
Let their get used to the idea that the hand is now in their safe place and not harming them.

After 2 weeks, begin moving your hand slowly toward your bird. If they become agitated, stop moving your hand and just hold very still until they calm down.
When they are comfortable with your hand near them, you can offer them a bit of millet or a few seeds.
Always work at your birds’ pace.

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Hello and welcome to the forums!

FaeryBee and Cody have given great advice and I agree completely.

Meanwhile, you’ve come to a great place to learn even more about the best of budgie care practices! Please be sure to have a look around the forums’ many budgie articles and “stickies” to ensure you’re up to date on everything! If you have questions after doing so, please be sure to ask as we’d love to help.

Please keep us posted!

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