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Old 12-25-2015, 11:30 PM
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This is kinda an update from my first post that I had made when I got my bird. He is doing very well he is trusting me a little more day by day. I actually messed up really bad though a little while back.
So i have had him for a total of two weeks on today and he seems to be warming up really good. About 5 days ago on Monday i would say, I came home with a new cage for him though because the one he was in was WAYY to small. Some people would say that the cage I had him in would either be a travel cage or a cage you would bring a parakeet or really small bird to the vet in.
I know it was bad to have him in that tiny cage from the beginning but i had my first bird in there (Which i still have him downstairs lol) and he seemed to do very well. I upgraded for him later so i thought I could do the same for my new bird. He got comfortable really fast in the cage, even explored it on the second day home and found his food on the first!! He's really smart and alert. But when I came home with the cage I had the hardest time deciding if i should let him settle for a little longer or if i should just change cages right then and there. I made the decision to change his cage.
This could have been a mistake but even though it didn't go well it didn't go bad either. I mean after I got his new cage set up and started taking his toys out of his old cage and put them into his new cage all there was left was him. This i knew was going to be the hardest part. I know its terrible but i tried to grab him with my hand. I didn't use a towel because he's not towel trained and I didn't wanna give him a heart attack or risk him getting a nail caught on the towel and ripping it off.
He was so scared he got past my arm and started to frantically fly around my room(my door was closed so that was okay). He was scared enough he kept flying into things so I eventually stopped chasing him and either let him land or fall until i eventually caught him and got him in his new cage. It was all bad and i was worried for my little bird and tried my best not to scare him and I felt so bad afterwards but I think he felt better with more room and bars not messing up his pretty tail feathers.
He has been slow to trust and shy of my hand when I try and give him a treat but that's understandable so if he freaked out i took my hand away. He is slowly learning to trust me again and i wish it wasn't so hard but I am willing to try hard to earn his trust even if it means leaving him alone for most of the day except when i feed him a treat or change his food and water. He did start tweeting at me and answering me when i whistle back i know it's been hard on him with the move being sooo big already and then a scary hand grabbing him to move him to a new cage again but i know he appreciates the space. He even started doing wing exercises which are sooooo cute!!
Anyways just wanted to let you know whats been going on with my new bird since he's going to be a big part of my life for many years to come

Below is a pic of him and him in his new cage
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Old 12-26-2015, 09:31 AM
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It's good to know things have been progressing well despite the bumpy start.
Do you plan on eventually letting your two budgies meet and share a cage or not?

Also if you want your Poseidon to be more focused on you and give him better chances of bonding more closely to you, it's best to remove the toy mirror from the cage. Some budgies (especially single birds) can develop an unhealthy attachment to their reflections on the mirror and in severe cases their mental and physical health is compromised. You can easily replace the mirror for another different type of toy.

Best of luck with Poseidon's training!
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Yes i do plan to eventually introduce my two budgies they aren't going to share a cage because my older one is very, very mean and territorial.
And do you think it would be wise to take out his mirror? I mean i understand why i should take it out but he's been here for a little over two weeks and it's kinda what made him feel comfortable. I mean he does sit by it alot but he will move away from it from time to time. If it helps, he doesn't sleep by it when it's time to go to bed. He moves onto his perch that's the highest and closest to the front of his cage and my bed.
He lives in my room (because that's where i am most of my day except when im at school) and even though he does spend a good portion of his day next to it he will move away from it and chirp at me
I also started reading to him just yesterday and today when i read to him he went to the bottom of his cage and started eating from his dish. When i stopped he stopped and looked at me as if asking me if i was finished. He waited till he was sure and then he kept eating. Is this a good sign?
Also about his mirror, do you think if i did take it out, would it be such a good idea to do it so soon after all the trauma and stuff i just put him threw? i mean he has been threw alot in just two weeks of his small birdy life. Maybe if you think i should take it out i could wait till i introduce my birds. Would this be a good idea?
please write me back. i could use advice since i wasn't very experienced with my first bird who is OBSESSED with his mirrors. i have tried to take the mirrors out of my older birds cage but he freaks out and my mom goes behind my back and puts them back in.....
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I agree with Aluz, you should definitely take out his mirror. If you're concerned he will be upset when you take it out, that's definitely a sign he's starting to become obsessed with his mirror and it would be less stressful for you to take it out now rather than later.

Also, if your older bird still has mirrors in his cage, I would take those out, too. Especially in birds of his age, mirrors can contribute to aggression as they try and protect their "mate" in the mirror.

He looks very sweet In his new cage, are you getting a wide variety of perches for his feet? It's important you have natural wood perches instead of dowel rods to prevent bumblefoot

Also, if your mom continues to insist on the mirrors, I suggest you explain to her exactly why you have to take them out.

Best of luck and I look forward to hearing lots more about Poseidon!
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I guess i will take it out soon but i think im going to get a few toys first so that it doesn't upset him too bad. thank you guys for your help
Also i think i will try and take out my other birds mirrors too and if my mom tries to put them back in i might just try and hide them. they both need new toys probably so i think maybe if i get new toys first then i can take out their mirrors and it wont be so bad.
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also i have a question. What if since my older bird has had mirrors so long would it be better to wean him off of it or would it be better just to take them away??? could this also be part of the reason he bites and squawks all the time???
sometimes im afraid to hold him because as he got older sometimes he will bite hard enough to draw blood. he never use to. he use to only nibble but now he's mean and cranky. i know this is suppose to Poseidons journal but if you could i would like you to help.
By the ways since the 24th i found out Poseidon love my favorite band. he sings along with it. Also i have started reading to him almost everyday to make him a little more use to me. He seems to love it alot he just sits on his perch (even moves away fomr his mirror to listen) and watches me while i read.
But today on the 27th i tried to reshape his rope perch and it scared him so he got out of the cage and flew around my room. i waited for him to land and almost caught him but he flew up and he flew right into my boyfriends hands and kinda perched with my boyfriends hands cupping him. He wasn't very freaked out when we got him back into his cage luckily. I just left him alone though because i still worry about him. I love him and he is already a big part of my family, just like my cranky old bird lol
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i forgot to add please im sorry
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If your older bird is so attatched to his mirror, maybe you could get him another mirror toy with a smaller mirror or something attatched to the mirror that maybe would distract him from just looking at the mirror. You can switch toys often so he doesn't become used to the same form of mirror over and over again, that may be a good way to get him "weaned" off the mirror. Yes, this could be why he's bites more.

Also, most budgies don't like to be petted or picked up, especially older budgies, so instead of picking him up (unless it's necessary, of course), I think you should start trying to feed him seed from your hand and things like that so he doesn't try and defend himself against your hand every time he sees it

It's very sweet that Poseidon has decided he enjoys the same music you do!

I'm glad he got back to his cage safely and am pleased to hear he's already such a big part of your life
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thank you that is something i will try then and also it's weird but he loves to be picked up and held he just loves to bite also. He will constantly try and fly to me or hang on the side of his cage where he goes when he wants me to pick him up. He love attention and to be held but he also loves to be mean so it's a very hard combination of personalities with him. i love to hold him but when e bites me i usually put him back in his cage or sometimes i will very lightly blow on his beak or face and he stops and he doesn't seem to mind but it works cause i don't know what else to do. but i will try that so thank you.
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My poseidon is getting use to me feeding him treats now. He loves to tweet at my other bird who is downstairs. He is officially 30-31 days in my house. He seems healthy and lively enough. I'm thinking about introducing my two birds but i don't know yet.
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