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I got my first budgie ever 5 days ago. (No idea of the gender. )
The first three days were uneventful. He sat very still in his cage and didn't move or make noise.

On the fourth day, I played a 30 min YouTube video of happy budgies at a zoo and my budgie lit up! Started chirping and moving excitedly.
It was nice to see. Some time later I put the video on again to show my husband, but my budgie's reaction was different.

He seemed happy at first, but quickly it seemed like he was trying to escape the cage and go to the source of the sounds. It seemed like he was searching. After a couple minutes he seemed defeated and he just sat still and quiet in his cage again.

I felt terrible. It was like he was disappointed or something. Was he calling out to them but the recording didn't return his calls? Did he feel rejected by the recording because he couldn't join them? Should I never play bird sounds again for him if it's going to mess with his head?

I'm still new to this and trying to learn as much as I can. Does anyone have any insight?

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Hi Chelsea and :welcome: to the forums!

Most budgies - especially new ones - get stressed out listening to budgie noises because they try and see where the "other birds" are. To calm him down, you should instead play soft background music.

Meanwhile, congratulations on your new budgie! You've come to a great place to learn even more about the best practices for budgie care. Please be sure to read through the forums many budgie articles and "stickies" (threads "stuck" to the top of each subform for easy reference) to ensure you're up to date on everything. If you have any questions afterwards, please be sure to ask as we'd love to help. :thumbup:

We hope to see you and your budgie around here! :wave:

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Hi Chelsea :welcome:

Star has given you good advice above. It can be stressful for your lone new budgie to hear other budgies. While it can cause stress, I wouldn’t call it psychologically “damaging” though.

We have lots of useful information for our members in our Stickies. They’re located at the top area of each forum section, and will help you to learn about your budgie. If you have any questions you can’t find the answer to after reading, just ask :).

Looking forward to hearing more!

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Hi! :welcome: to Talk Budgies

I agree with the advice given by StarlingWings.

Please take the time to read through the Site Guidelines, all of the How To Guides, the FAQs, the Budgie Articles and the stickies located at the top of each section of the forum.

Truly, the very BEST advice anyone can offer you is to take the time to read ALL of the stickies throughout the various Talk Budgie forums as well as the Budgie Articles we have posted.

These are great resources for Talk Budgie members and have a wealth of reliable information which will assist you to learn the best practices in caring for your budgies for their optimal health and well-being.

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