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poor new parakeets are hiding at a corner of their new cage

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I bought 2 parakeets from petco today, each of which is about 6 month old. I put them in a new cage. They've been hiding at a corner since they arrived at my home.
I'm newbie of taking care of birds. So my questions may be naive
1) how long will it take for them to get used to the new environment?
2) how can I cheer them up?

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It is normal for them to be nervous at first, just do not try to touch them and make sure that no one in the household sticks their fingers or anything else in the cage and do not let them out of the cage just yet, it is too early for that. When you change the food and water move very slowly, you may find that they freak out at first and fly erratically all over the cage, they are afraid and it takes time for them to learn to trust that you are not a threat to them. It takes at least a couple of weeks for them to settle in, during this time talk softly to them and do not make any fast moves around them. It is best to have the back of the cage against a wall as this gives a sense of security to them. You may find this info helpful Yes, Your Bird IS Scared!
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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.

Are your budgies male or female?

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 budgies or force them to be touched.
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 two weeks, 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.
Move slowly and talk reassuringly and calmly to their whenever you interact with them.

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Hello and welcome to the forums!

Congratulations on your new little ones. You've been given great advice above by FaeryBee and Cody. Please be sure to read through the forums' many budgie articles and "stickies", many of which are provided above, to ensure you're up to date on the best of budgie care practices. If you have any questions after doing so, feel free to ask as we'd love to help.

Hope to see you around and meet your little ones soon!

Cheers 👋
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