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I got Nova on November 21th, 2015. She is a rescue and judging by her eyes and cap, I'd say she's at least six months old. The first couple of days she was very stiff, as could be expected. Music really helped relax her and she favors smooth, low voices on the radio over others.

Yesterday,November 23rd, she started really chirping, flying over to her food bowl and eating while I was in the room.

Today, November 24th, I left the room in the morning and she started calling to me. I think she's starting to consider me part of her flock! How exciting.

Right now, I'm still letting her settle in, but I talk to her every chance I get and respond every time she chirps at me.

I offer an open cage when I'm working in the room, but she has yet to get out. It's probably for the best because I'm not sure how she'd react to being outside of her cage. Nonetheless, she seems more calm with the door open(no pesky bars in the way of viewing me) so I leave it.



November 24th, 12:55 A.M.: Nova had her first fly today! It was a little bumpy as she crashed into every wall and the door. It's okay though. She had a good fly around the room for five minutes before I could easily get her on a perch and back in her cage. Now grinding her beak happily. This it the first time I've ever seen her do either of these things, so it's very exciting!
 

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How exciting....she sound's like an outgoing bird that is going to enjoy
the human who took her in. Looking forward to your journal updates....:)
 

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I'm glad I could put you at ease, Susan! Hearing the beak grinding is so cool for me.

November 26th, 2015: Nova seems to be getting bored, pacing around on her favorite perch. There are two more perches in there and a few toys, so I'm not sure why she acts like this, but I take it as a good sign since before she would hardly move a muscle. I still leave the door open when I'm in the room to give her a chance to fly around

As for bonding, when I came home from my Thanksgiving outings, she seemed very excited to see me. I keep a small stick of millet in her cage and when I came home, she ate from the stick in my hand and I even lured her from side to side(which I couldn't do before).

She's still afraid of my hand, which is too be expected. Especially since I believe she is going through a molt. How often do budgies lose feathers out of molt? As in, do they just lose feathers now and again, or are they suppose to be in molt if they're losing their feathers? I have found a few of her half blue white feathers and put them in a little box to keep as I find them very cute and neat.
 

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Little Nova sounds like she's really starting to love and trust you ;)

Budgies moult a few times a month to a few times a year. Generally, I've found they go through 1-3 major moults a year, with those being the most severe loss of feathers such as wing feathers and tail feathers. Other, smaller moults, where they loose a few feathers as needed, occur in between. It's really up to the individual bird :)

From my experience, my girl goes through about 2 major moults a year but moults smaller feathers regularly, every month or so.
 

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Thanks for the help, StarlingWings! Nova is just molting little feathers and not very much, so I think it's just one of the mini molts you mentioned.

She's a sweet girl. Recently, she's been getting more comfortable eating and drinking around me. I even caught her tucking one of her legs up while she napped which was absolutely adorable! I play 'the blinking game' with her when she's nervous and she seems to enjoy that.

Still though, she only uses one of the perches 99% of the time and has yet to touch her toys. It's only been six days though, so I'm not too concerned.
 

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I think Nova's done with her 'mini molt'. She's doing pretty well, I think. Apparently, she tends to play with her toys when we're not in the room. I've found a few of her favorite artists(and mine) and play those for her whenever I get the chance. I know I may be just a little paranoid, but I'm worried she's not going to get used to me.

She eats around me, sometimes she'll sing with me(I've recently fallen sick and now that I'm recovering I have laryngitis so this is a little impossible at the moment), but I'm just worried about the bonding process. I'm never more than five feet away from her for the majority of the day and she seems to be okay with that, but if I get any closer she gets all stiff.

How long did it take for your birds to get adjusted? I know all budgies are different, but I'm curious. Is it possible for her to just...not play with her toys? You think she'd get bored enough to try it out while I was in the room.
 

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Like you said "all budgies are different".... I really believe personality plays a huge part of it. Like you, I had open door policy with my girl Rio and she took advantage of it after the second of day being home. I want to say that it took her at least a month to be totally comfortable. Now she prefers to have the run of the house and picks and chooses when she wants my attention, which is frequently! It seems like you're doing a great job so far! :)

Also, she's not really big on toys....she does like her rings and anything she can chew on, shred, tip over or throw off the table!
 

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Mallorn went through a period of time (a few months) early on where she didn't come out of the cage or play much at all, although she had ample opportunity for both.

I agree, it depends on the bird :)
 

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Thor seemed to excel in his confidence with being around people and being out of his cage at first but he's gone a bit backwards now and hasn't been out of his cage much at all recently.

We've had him for a month now and he's only just starting to play with his toys! He's also starting to become more adventurous and poke his head out of the cage every now and then.

I think that having Nova sing along to music with you and that she eats in front of you is a good sign :) I'm sure you two will be the best of pals in time!
 

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Thanks for all your help, guys! Bonding with Nova has been pretty much the same lately. She's molting still(I see pin feathers on her face), but we had a breakthrough today! She stepped up on my finger! Granted, she hopped right off again, but she doesn't seem to be as terrified of my finger anymore, which is great. I'm excited to see how she improves.
 

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I've started introducing Nova to fruits and vegetables lately. Today,I tried to feed her a piece of strawberry. She was trying it a little(with my aid of nibbling the piece I had for me), but she didn't seem into it. So I mashed it up and mixed it with millet (because as with most budgies she's obsessed) and she loved it! She also likes broccoli and snap peas. Are there any other vegetables/fruits that your budgies like?

Also, I've been working on teaching her not to bite. My method is gently touching her beak and if she doesn't bite, she gets some millet. It seems to be working, but she still doesn't like getting on my finger very much.

I was wondering, if I decided to get another budgie in the future, what sex would be best? I worry about getting a boy because I don't want them to have babies, but I don't know if two females would mix well. Any suggestions?
 

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I just noticed in the picture you first posted her one nail seemed pretty long....I didn't take note of the others! I just got another almost two weeks ago....I have a female and was told a male would be a better companion because often, two females don't get along. So I added a cute male to my family, he's currently in quarantine. I do not plan on housing them together but they will spend time outside their cages together whenever I'm home.
 

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Yeah, those pictures were from her first day here. I gave her a little time to warm up and have since trimmed her nails. I don't think I'd get a new budgie until my birthday in March, and of course I'd keep them quarantined for a month at least.
 

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Sounds like you're making some good progress with Nova! My birds like apple, cooked peas, and leafy greens such as romaine. I have recently tried giving them red and green bell pepper and zucchini with mixed success.

As far as getting a second budgie, I've had a pair of females before and they got along fine. But from what I understand, this may not always be the case. You could still try it though if you're willing to cage them separately in case they don't get along.
 

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I spent the week away from home and poor Nova was devastated :( My mom said she would scream every time she came up the stairs. I never really thought she cared whether or not I was in the room, but she really does seem to notice. I'll be giving her some extra love and try some more training.

She's stepped up on my finger once or twice, but more than anything she just likes to bite it. When I'm feeding her millet, she's fine with the millet and a little beak touch now and again so she can earn it. For whatever reason, she only shies away/bites when I try to get her to step up :p

Is there anything I can do to make her more comfortable? And are there any other tricks that would be easier for her, but similar to stepping up? She steps up on a branch and even a paint brush just fine, but she won't get on my finger.

I have to go away again for a week in February, but I'll have a better set up for her when I do.
 
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