Ugh. I know better but I'm getting discouraged because I haven't made all that much progress with Maru.
Some of it is me not sure how to read him. some of it is not agreeing with my vet....but I think that was resolved. Some of it is just me not knowing what would be best for Maru.
Lets start with the vet. Per her I showed him a video of Max eating pellets with the idea that he will see fellow budgie eating pellets and take to them himself. In actual practice Maru ran up to my phone and started taping at it wanting to get to the birds in the box. Then he got very confused when they would fly off screen and he would go off looking for them. in the end he was beak breathing so I have set the firm rule of no birdie videos for Maru. They are helpful for some birds but it just stresses Maru. I mentioned this to her and she is leaving it up to me to continue this or not.
That leads into me not knowing what is best for Maru...he clearly wants to be with the flock. I want to keep him separate for a few months so that I can build a bit of a bond with him before letting him join the others. I feel selfish for wanting to bond with him and am debating what would be best for him come the end of quarantine.
Finally I'm trying to read him and I am unsure what is baby budgie being young or new or what is Maru actually starting to like me... He steps up for me like a champ, I've given him scritches and he did do the head tilt that I see them do to each other when they want the other to get a specific spot...but I dont trust that he isnt just being submissive because he is new. He will fly away if he is done with me (or wherever he is) and I mind the obvious stress signs like open beak breathing and super hot feet. He doesnt run away but he also isnt always keen on my hands ether. I dont know. I'm trying to practice what I preach and mind his pace but its tough.
Then there is getting the little dude to eat ANYTHING other then seeds he was raised on. That makes some sense but he apparently did eat veggies and mashed egg but he wont touch his veggies at all. This loops back to the vet and how I feel pressured into converting him like yesterday. I think thats all just in my head and that I am the one that needs to take a chill bill, take a step back and evaluate where we are having issues, and the reasons behind those issues. An example: Maru wont touch veggie dish even if seeds are ontop of veggies. Veggie dish is new to him, I dont know how he was served veggies at the breeder (could ask but not at that point where I feel a need to...) so the mash could verywell be alian to him as well. Its touching the pellet goop and of course using bird logic that must mean the veggies are poison as well.
The main things I've noticed are Maru doesnt 'do' change. I cant remember if the others were like this as well but I think some were worse then others. Maru seemed to freeze up when he got his new cage and refused to eat for most of the day. He dosent treat toys like they are radioative for long...if at all... I mean he was on top of corn husk the first night he was here. I noticed on the bird cam that it does take him a few days to warm up to a new cage before he will start playing, and longer before he really starts acting like a normal bird.
I think what Maru needs most of all is time and patience on his humans part. I'm working on it