So I wanted to start a thread to kind of have an ongoing log of my budgies. I bought my first budgie, Hamilton, from Petco because the Petco in my area is the best of the pet stores, and I had an extremely hard time finding breeders or a rescue. I got him on January 28th, and so far he's settling in well. After some consideration, I decided that Hamilton probably needed a friend. We have a cat and two dogs in the house, so the budgies have to be kept in a room with a shut door, because I'd rather be safe than sorry. I'm also in school and have a part time job, so I don't think I can dedicate as much time as a single budgie kept in a side room would need to not feel lonely. I know that trying to tame two budgies will be a lot harder and take a lot longer, but I'd rather the struggle be on my side than the birds'. When we got Hamilton, there was also a really pretty blue-grey female that my mom really liked. So today we decided to go back and see if she was still there, and she was. We named her Hope. I didn't quarantine her because they were from the same stock of birds at the store, so they've already been exposed to each other anyway. When I put her in the cage and the two saw each other, there was a lot of excited chirping and they both seemed very happy. They both seem to be settling in very well now. I sat here reading to them for a while, and occasionally Hamilton would start chirping, and I'd talk to him and he'd chirp at me again. Eventually Hope joined in and all three of us were going back and forth. Now Hope is napping and Hamilton is sitting beside her, looking like he's trying to decide if he wants to take a nap too. They both seem very healthy and happy so far. I'll get pictures of them and put them up in a little bit! I'm just so excited for life with these two adorable budgies!
Thank you, I wasn't quite sure where it should go! And I actually just finished reading that article before I came back to this thread, but thank you for linking it for me, it'll be easier to remember where to find it now for future reference.
I was woken up by happy chirping this morning, which I must say is far better than an alarm clock. I'm absolutely thrilled that they seem to be settling in so quickly now that they both have a buddy to hang out with. When I uncovered the cage, Hope was on the rope perch that Hamilton has only ventured onto once, and just a few minutes ago, she kind of pecked at a toy and looked at it strangely as it swung, and then went over to eat. They're both eating and sleeping and preening and such in front of me, which makes me very happy! I'm surprised by how much more active Hamilton is now that he has a friend, and it definitely makes me happy I decided to get Hope.
I've opened the door to the cage while I'm sitting across the room and I put some spray millet on the doorway to try and coax them out to get some exercise time, but so far they've looked at me like I'm crazy. Time to read some more about trying to get them to come out for play time.
Something very surprising happened earlier this evening. I was pulling the veggies from today out of their cage, and I noticed that Hope wasn't trying to move away from where my hand was, so I decided to see if she would let me get closer. She did, and even stepped up onto my finger. She sat there for quite a while before she stepped down. I didn't know if it was a fluke so I decided to try again, and she stepped up again. I went to tell my mom, since technically Hope is her budgie, and she came up, and Hope even stepped onto her finger. Then she got Hamilton to do it too, and had both budgies on one hand. After that we decided to let them be to leave them with a good experience. I'm very surprised considering they're both Petco budgies who have definitely not been socialized whatsoever. I'm really hoping that they're just warming up to us quickly, and not just being compliant because they don't feel well. I get paid on Friday, so I was planning on setting up a vet check for next week anyway, but I'm hoping it's good news cause there's that little bit of worry in my mind at how quickly this happened, especially with two birds.