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Well, I finally gave in and got my first budgie. At this point, I decided to join this forum to ask for help raising, caring, and bonding with my new family member. Already, though, I think I've made some mistakes. Upon setting up his cage and letting him in for the first time two days ago, I put my hand in the cage with some food. He of course ran away, but my stupid behind have tried a few more times since to try and get him to eat from my hand. I have since taken a step back and not put my page into his habitat unless absolutely necessary. I have begun to talk to him softly, I have been reading my books outloud so he can get used to my voice. He will vocalize in front of me as well as eat, and he started to not run when I walk up to the cage. I guess my main question and the point of this tangent, will he still be able to bond with me even after I messed up with trying to get him to eat off my hand?

For a non-bonding question, is it normal to not see him drink? So far I haven't seen him drink from his dish, but he seems active and normal, and as I am typing this he's squawking and going absolutely bananas in his cage playing with his toys and fluttering around. Maybe he does it when I'm out of the room and at night? Honestly, I'm not sure.

Thank you to whoever read this whole thing. My main goal at the moment is to bond with my new little guy and get him used to me, so if there is another thread or article you guys have with tips and tricks you can link me, that would be splendid. Thank you so much and I'm excited to own my first budgie!
 

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Welcome to the forum! You have done well taking a step back from taming. You should give your budgie a minimum 2 weeks to settle into his new home before you try taming him. You can cover the top and three sides of the cage to help him feel more secure. Sitting and talking softly is a great way to get him used to you in the meantime. As long as you take things very slow and at your birds pace, I'm sure he will begin to bond with you just fine. :)

As for drinking, thats very normal. Budgies are very sneaky about it and take small drinks often. In the wild, coming down to a waterhole to drink water would make them very vulnerable, so they do it very fast. As long as he is eating and pooping normally then he is drinking.

I suggest you have a read through ALL the articles and stickies on here to ensure you are giving your new little friend the best care possible. I would love to see some pictures. Have you thought of a name yet?
 

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Thank you so much! I haven't yet decided on a name, I'm still trying to get a feel for his personality, but he's definitely got a lot of spunk and energy, that's for sure! Thank you for the help!
 

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Hi there and :welcome: to the forums!

You should never try to force your budgie to come to you or eat from your hand, and especially not when they're just settling into their new home. You've definitely done the right thing in stepping back from taming. I'm glad that you've done so, and you haven't spoiled any future relationship with your budgie by getting off to a rocky start, so no worries.

For the next few weeks, don't worry about anything but making him feel at home, so sitting by his cage and reading or talking softly to him is a great thing to continue doing, as mentioned above.

iHeartPieds is also absolutely right that budgies are very sneaky at drinking and you often can't see them do so. I'm sure he's eating and drinking just fine :)

We look forward to meeting your budgie, he sounds adorable!

You've come to a great place to learn even more about these sweet birds! Be sure to read through the links provided above as they include many useful articles and "stickies" which will help you stay updated on the very best of budgie care practices!

If you have any questions after reading through everything, be sure to ask!

We look forward to seeing you and your bird around the forums!

Cheers :wave:
 

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You have been given excellent advice! I want to echo their welcome and to also say :picturesplease:! We want to see your adorable new friend!

Goldenwing (and Lemon Drop) :lutino linnie:
 

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Welcome! You've been given great advice! Can't wait to see you and your new budgie around the forums!
 

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