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I live on the east coast of Australia. Over a week ago someone in the community found this Budgie sitting on the side of the road, and took in to the vet where my sister works as a nurse. The bird was very hungry an thirsty and was kept for 4 days but no calls came through and no one was posting anything on any Facebook groups.
The bird has a breeders tag on its leg, and I am not from the area of Australia where they originate, so it is definitely not wild.
I decided to take this bird in. I grew up with cockatiels and was excited to have a bird as a pet again, but it has been 5 days and I think I may have to rehome him/her.
I have a suspicion this bird maybe came from an aviary (although I'm not sure how old it is) because it has no interest in interacting with people, and it definitely doesn't like being touched. Although it doesn't mind having hands in its cage, and on occasion it will eat from my hands but has no interest in getting on my finger or having any kind of scratches. And every time it hears any parrots outside the window it will panic fly in its cage and distress call to them.
I know they are flock animals and I know he/she will need a lot of social time, but I'm not sure if any interaction from me will be enough.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated
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Hi, Welcome to Talk Budgies!

The purpose of this forum is to promote the BEST PRACTICES in the care of budgies for their optimal Health and Well-Being

Locating an Avian Veterinarian

Thank you for taking in the little budgie.
She is a very pretty little FEMALE and fairly young.

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.
You should never grab your budgie or force her to be touched.
To bond with your budgie, you need to build her trust in you.
She will have to learn over time that you will not hurt her, grab her and try to force her to allow you to hold her.

To build your budgie’s trust, sit by her cage and read, talk or sing quietly to her 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 her so she'll learn that your hand is safe and will not hurt her.

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

After 2 weeks, begin moving your hand slowly toward your budgie. If she becomes agitated, stop moving your hand and just hold very still until she calms down. When she's comfortable with your hand near her, you can offer her 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.
Move slowly and talk reassuringly and calmly to her whenever you interact with her.

I recommend you remove the wooden dowel perches in the cage and replace them with natural wooden perches of varying diameters to help prevent pressure sores.
Pressure Sores
The information in this link will give examples of better options for perches:
Essentials for a Great Cage

How large is the cage you have her in?
The minimum recommended size cage for one budgie would be 30" x 18" x 18" (76cm Long x 46 cm Wide x 46 cm High)
Round cages are not recommended for budgies. Ensure the spacing between the bars is no more then 1.25 cm.

A Healthy Diet for your Budgie
Quality Seed Mix
CuttleBones, Mineral Blocks and Manu Clay Roses
Safe Foods for Budgies
The Truth about GRIT

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Agree with FarryBee above.
Expecting her to take to you in just a few days is not terribly realistic :)
She’s been through and ordeal of losing her home, seeing a doctor, having a new owner, new food, new toys and a new place to live. It’s going to take her time to settle in and let her personality come out.

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Hello and welcome to the forums!

FaeryBee has given great advice and I agree completely. She has also provided some great resources for you to read. I look forward to hearing more about your sweet girl! With time and trust she will gradually acclimate herself more to interaction with you and her surroundings.

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!

Cheers! 👋
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