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Old 10-04-2018, 08:17 PM
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It's been 2 weeks since I had Balu (Hes 4 monthes old) and I changed his cage to a bigger case after about 1 week. So technically hes only been settling in his new cage for about one week.

He went from always being on his swing (I moved it over from the old cage) in the corner and ignoring the bigger swing i got for him which is in the center of the cage, to now he is mostly on the big swing and the ropes I put around the swing, playing with his favorite toy.

Balu doesn't seem to like any other toys, he got really upset when I put in new toys and new perches because he has such a big cage and I want him to explore more around. He would went back to his old swing (now is his sleeping spot) and ignore me until I removed the new stuff.

I used to place the seeds and water in the bottom of the cage and have ladders for him to climb up and down, but sometimes he would fall down all the way and looks confused. So I moved them higher next to his center swing. (But now the bottom area is completely ignored by Balu!!)

We did some training together like trying to get him used to me being around and have my hand in the cage, all the basic stuff. He would jump on my finger pretty quickly if I have Millets either in my hand or I would hold it with my other hand and just far enough that he needs to step onto my finger in order to eat it. Balu's pretty used to that now.

But he still wont just step on my finger, he actually doesn't mind me gently rubbing his chest a little and wont run away, but he wont step on my finger either unless I have food

I'm still going to do that exercise everyday without millets and hopefully one day he would step on my finger

Even though Balu isn't scared of me rubbing him, he would still quickly moves to corner or against a wall when i open the cage door. When I change his food and water he would also avoid being around. Not too sure if hes actually still scared of me or not...

Balu goes crazy when i go shower when he hears water running, as soon as I turn off water he becomes quiet again. I guess I just have to use another bathroom...

That's it for now! A lot of random info in the first post, I'll update it as soon as there's some progress!

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Old 10-04-2018, 08:42 PM
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In general, it is recommended that you not touch or try to tame a budgie for a minimum of two weeks to give them time to settle into their new environment.
Sitting next to the cage reading, singing or talking to the budgie for 10-15 minutes 3 to 4 times a day will help him learn to trust you.

It is quite normal for budgies to become excited when they hear water running. In the wild, budgies alert other members of their flock when they hear or find water. Many budgies love to bathe and Balu may enjoy having a shallow dish to bathe in.

Petting your budgie on the head, neck or high on the chest area is fine once he becomes used to you. Avoid rubbing his back or tail as that stimulates budgies mating instincts. Also realize that many budgies do not enjoy being petted once they become adults.

To help Balu get used to new perches and toys, first put them in his line of sight for a few days. After that, attach them to the outside of his cage for a few days. Then you can introduce one at a time into the cage. I wouldn't put too many in at one time as the change is probably overwhelming to him.

I'd move the seed and water back down to the bottom of the cage to encourage Balu to use the entire cage.
He'll become accustomed to climbing either the sides of the cage or the ladders.
You indicate he's fallen which sounds rather strange to me.
Is it because he doesn't have good balance or is there another issue that has made him fall?

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Thank you for your reply!

I'll try the above recommendations. And he falling usually is because when hes climbing down or up he thought he can reach the destination by jumping but not quite so he would fall down. (His wings were clipped by the pet store when they had him in the store so he couldn't fly much, he would use his wing to reduce impact of course but as a owner I still dont want to see him fall down..)

I've also read about letting Balu get used to its environment but I'm not entirely sure how do I tell if hes used to it yet. He does seem pretty active around the cage sometimes.

Also to add on to question about bathing.. I've tried putting a plate with water in his cage but because hes not tamed yet I definitely dont want to force him into anything, I've heard that people do like really gentle mist spray water on budgies but I'm also not sure whether that'll scared Balu.

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When Baylu becomes active and starts utilizing his cage then he is becoming accustomed to his new environment.

Some budgies enjoy bathing and others don't.
There are various things you can try. You may also find he ignores the bath for a long time and then suddenly one day will decide to try it and decide he likes it!

I'd suggest you either put a shallow bowl with water in the cage or get a Lix-it Bath to attach to the cage and provide him the option of bathing every few days.



You can also try placing a few fresh basil leaves or some lettuce leaves in the water. That may interest him in the bath.

Some budgies love to rub against or roll on wet leaves.
You can hang wet romaine lettuce or kale leaves in the cage or place them in a shallow dish in or on the cage to see if Balu likes them.

Some budgies enjoy being very lightly misted with room temperature water.
Do NOT squirt the water directly on the budgie.
Aim it up into the air and let the water mist settle down over the budgie gently.
You should be able to easily tell if he likes it or doesn't want any part of it.
Some budgies do enjoy playing under a light trickle of water in the sink.
Other budgies simply don't enjoy bathing which is fine as all budgies are cleaning and oiling their feathers when they preen.

If Balu is shaking his head, tail and feet after heís been in the water, thatís quite normal. Itís like a dog shaking after it gets wet.
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Thank you for all the Advice

Two days ago Balu all of a sudden decided to abandon the swing he usually sleeps on. Instead, he climbs on to the top of a Round-shaped swing and stay there the whole night for 2 days. Not exactly sure why he changed spot but I try to observe him for a while and he doesn't seem hurt.

Last night Balu woke up to I think a nightmare and because I had his cage covered he flew around and ended up in the bottom of the cage again. I talked to him for a while to calm him down and he wouldn't go near the Round-shaped swing again and decided to jump back to his old sleeping spot swing and slept there. Again I checked to see if he hurt himself while flying around the cage panicking, he seems fine except hes scared.

This morning he woke up and eat normally, but during the afternoon he makes constant ACK ACK sound really loud which he had never done before. It's like hes scared of something but I did not change anything in his cage. I had to put his cage cover back on to make him calm down. He still plays with his toys in the cage as I can hear the bells. (And back onto the Round-Shaped Swing.)

Still couldn't figured out what could've annoyed or scared him...

Edit: same day evening:

Balu seems to be calm after a I had the cage cover on, so I removed the cover and he goes for his food right away. I took some millets and wanted to feed him like before. However he did not came to me right away like before and instead he backed away very quickly and seems scared... I'm trying to remember if I did anything that would scared Balu but I didn't.. Will probably leave him alone today and let him get comfortable from whatever he was scared of earlier..

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When you cover the cage at night, leave a portion of it uncovered and use a night light in the room to help prevent night frights.

Covering the cage during the day to "calm Balu down" is not advisable.
Doing so is like putting a child in a dark closet because the child is noisy.

Budgies make noise during the day and you need to adjust to that.
Balu needs to be able to express himself so if the noise bothers you, I'd suggest getting some disposable earplugs.
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When you cover the cage at night, leave a portion of it uncovered and use a night light in the room to help prevent night frights.

Covering the cage during the day to "calm Balu down" is not advisable.
Doing so is like putting a child in a dark closet because the child is noisy.

Budgies make noise during the day and you need to adjust to that.
Balu needs to be able to express himself so if the noise bothers you, I'd suggest getting some disposable earplugs.
I'm sorry if it sounds like I'm annoyed by Balu's sound.. I should've said that better. I'm not annoyed I was just worried because a lot of articles online said Budgie makes those sound when they're scared or angry. So I'm more trying to figure out what happened to him and what does his sound means. Some said if they're scared covering the cage would make them feel safe that's why I did it.

If it's bad for Balu I wont cover it and as long as hes fine.

Thanks for the info!
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I finally started to practice step up with Balu and he usually gets on with one foot or when he hops on he would look around and hop back to his perch right away. I still feel very happy that we're making some progress!

Balu still goes back to the top of the Ring-shaped swing for night time so I guess he likes it there better... He would chirp at me when i'm about to leave the room too which is cute! He always tilts his head looking at me when I talk to him not sure if that means hes confused or hes just listening very carefully. Overall a good start to the week!
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