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Yes, Your Budgie IS Scared!
What to expect when you bring home your new Budgie​

When you bring home a new bird it will be very scared for a while (some times it may be only a day or two but some birds take longer than others to settle into a new environment).

Your budgie won't always eat as soon as you bring it home, so it's a good idea to have millet beside where it is perching most and is always best to offer the same food was eating at it's previous "home".

If you can't see in the food dishes or don't see food dishes, or you are not sure what brand of food it is eating just by looking at it, Ask.

If you see no food dishes at all, just millet - still Ask.
A lot of places feed the birds millet during operating hours, and give them their normal food after the store has closed.

Signs of a Scared/ Stressed bird (some of the more common signs)
Runny Poop
Daying in Place for hours (or even days)
Shaking/Trembling
Not Eating nor Drinking
Frantically Flying Around the Cage​

It is best to put the food/water dishes by where the bird perches at the most.

Also you may think the bird you just got became tame in the few hours you have had it, because it steps up on your finger (sometimes it is - but if you got it from a pet shop that the people do not handle the birds - this is highly unlikely).
The bird is actually terrified.

Some birds fly off frantically and crash in to things, others will stand on your finger or hand but not move, and if you look closely you can see it is trembling (not always though) this is another sign of a scared bird.

Your new bird may fly around your home frantically when out of the cage (or when it escapes from the carrying box while you are trying to put it in the cage).

A lot of people are against wing clipping I know this - but it is really in your bird's best interest to get the wings clipped - they do grow back just like when we get a hair cut.
You don't want them cut so short they can't even fly around once they're up on something high and take off and dive bomb to the ground - this will cause injury you want them to be able to glide and have a nice safe landing.

I've clipped all my birds wings, and none of them have ever been hurt with clipped wings, BUT when they haven't had clipped wings I've had one break a small piece of her cere off in the center from crashing into a covered window too many times, and I recently had a baby budgie get his beak broken from crashing into a window when he was realeased from the cage for the very first time. (he is just about completly healed now and is fine).

Do not throw yourself at the bird - give the bird time to settle into his/her new envrioment

Start out slowly, by speaking to him/her from a distance, then gradually work up to sitting beside the cage, talking to him/her, Reading a book out loud, and once he/she seems comfortable enough with this routine, slowly start putting your hand in the cage and just let it sit there, while you talk or read.

Let the bird explore your hand, climb all over it, nibble on it, Do not touch the bird or move your hand while it is investigating as this will scare it off.

Once your bird is completely comfortable with your hand in the cage and climbing on your hand, then you can slowly start to touch him/her while he's close to you, hold out one finger and see if he/she will hop on. If so just sit there like that for a few moments. Don't think "alright he's perching on my finger he's tame now" and go to yank your hand out of the cage as this will scare him,

You have to be very very very patient with new birds.
This is the key!

Another thing to do to get them used to your hands being in the cage and get used to you (keep in mind not all tips work because all birds are different what works for one may not work for another)

Talk to the bird before you put your hand in the cage to change the food/water/clean the cage, tell him/her what you are going to be doing, Also do this the entire time your hands are in the cage.

Try your best to do things at the same time every day.
Birds love routine.
If you feed your bird today at 9 A.M do it tomorrow at 9 A.M and the next day and so forth. I know there are times you won't be able to do it at the same time every day, but try your best.

If your schedule changes, make sure you slowly change the birds schedule to coincide with your daily activities.

DO NOT RUSH traning/ bonding/TAMING - this only makes the bird more scared of you and in the long run defeats the entire purpose.

Remember : Patience is the key to a happy, Tame, trained bird!
 

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You did a fantastic job putting all that together. Let's hope all the new owners will read it and understand that it's not just them. :goodpost:
 

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Thank you :)

I just started typing and it just all kinda flowed out I prob. could of put more but my mind was starting to wonder. So i thought before i got all the way off track. I'd end it while it still made sense :p
 

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your welcome one of these days i'm going to make one with all my birds in it :D

ahhh who am i kidding i have too many i gotta keep making them with a certain amount so they aren't such small pics you can't tell what they are LOL but i try to change them often
 

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your welcome one of these days i'm going to make one with all my birds in it :D

ahhh who am i kidding i have too many i gotta keep making them with a certain amount so they aren't such small pics you can't tell what they are LOL but i try to change them often
LOL if i make my own i always include every bird i've ever had plus my turtle :XD: and the R.I.P beside the ones that die and it ends up real crowded :XD:

LOL i don't think you're going to be able to put every single bird in a picture only if you only put their faces and they are this small [_] and one beside the other like a bunch of little squares :XD:
 

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LOL if i make my own i always include every bird i've ever had plus my turtle :XD: and the R.I.P beside the ones that die and it ends up real crowded :XD:

LOL i don't think you're going to be able to put every single bird in a picture only if you only put their faces and they are this small [_] and one beside the other like a bunch of little squares :XD:
lol i tried that half the time i couldn't get their faces well enough lol

and i still had to make 2 different ones , one with budgies, one with tiels, lol couldn't get them all on the same one
 

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LOL it's okay Deuce at least you got an awesome avantar! :XD:

atvchick- Just remember to include little Storm on your siggie! can't forget after all she is a celebrity :D:p maybe you should make one with alll the girl budgies, one with all guy budgie and the other one with all "undecided" budgies :D maybe they'll fit? :XD:
 

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At least you guys have sigs. I have yet to even try to make one or get one made. I been real lazy. :D
Yeah Deuce would you get on that..you have no face..you're invisible with an insect running all over your face!:p

Brazilian Angel I like your new siggy too! Its great!:D

Great Post ATV!:thumbsup:

We get these questions all teh time and I'm sure it will be helpful to many members.:)

Hope you don't mind , but I'm going to move it to Budgie Talk and sticky it.
 

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Great Post! :D I's very confusing for first time bird owners.
Theres a thread in signature requests, you can request one there, :) i'm still bored, not at school today, i'm sick. :(
 

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Thank you so much. I do know all this stuff...cognitively. But it's the emotions that get me, making me think its just me. I'm sure my little Queso will be fine :)
 
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