Mimi adapted quickly by eating and drinking well, chirping and enjoying our constant socialization. She is a calm girl and when I talk to her she comes to the front of the cage singing. My thinking is this isn't the norm for a new Budgie? Intuitively, I felt a trusting bond and feed her from my hand. She eats the millet, I slowly remove my hand and then slowly enter my hand with millet again and she puts one foot on my finger to continue eating. I plan to continue this routine the same time each day.
Thanks, I will keep that in mind. I wasn't expecting her to be this social in such a short time. She isn't exhibiting timid behavior...she is calm, yet comes over to me in the cage with confidence. From the expert advice I've read (below), not all newly homed budgies need two weeks. I'm following Mimi's body language and establishing a routine at her pace.
*Even if you have two budgies that seem very similar as far as you can see, in reality they are still individuals and unlike any other budgie and are completely unique. When it comes to adjusting after a move to a new home especially each budgies individual personality must be taken into account. Remember these important facts:
Some adjust almost right away, and some take a few weeks.
What works with one budgie might not work with another.
Make sure you are reasonable in what you expect from them, as well as how quickly you expect these changes to happen. Some budgies will begin bonding with you within a few days after coming home, while others can take a number of months before you see any real progress.
Mimi is a joy to be around and quite entertaining. She lives in my small home office and once or twice a day I allow her to fly from her cage to exercise. I move her cage to the floor and she hops in when she is finished spreading her wings. My favorite time with her is in the morning when she is amusingly vocal and bobbing her head. I repeat her name and a phrase daily (hoping some day she mimics). After our social time, I sit at my computer typing and she sits on her perch lightly grinding her beak with her eyes closing.
She eats millet from my hand, but during the noisy holiday celebration days (even with the door closed), she seemed stressed, so instead of feeding her by hand on those days, I had my hand on the outside of her cage while reading.
I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season. - Maggie
Mimi is adorable! I'm glad to hear you're making progress. Not putting your hand in the cage to minimize stress sounds like a good idea. The holidays can be quite stressful for our feathered friends. My budgie eats from my hand too, but hasn't quite gained enough trust to sit on my hand completely.
There is some good in this world, Mr. Frodo....and it's worth fighting for.
I feel Mimi doesn't want to progress further than stepping on my hand to eat millet so I'll continue on doing the same routine until she is more confident. She did step on my perched finger yesterday, but stepped off quickly. She's becoming more attached to me and the family. I let her out in a small contained room to exercise and she still hops in the cage when she's had enough. She no longer shows much interest looking in her mirror, but she has fun ringing the bell. Hope everyone is having a wonderful day.