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Old 04-11-2018, 09:04 AM
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Hello i got my budgie from a pet shop on Saturday and its now Wednesday . The first time day he came back he was eating and drinking but all he does is sit in one spot in silence? How can i help? Also its strange as he lets me stroke his belly but wont hop on my finger and he does not want to eat anything out of my hand, so why is he letting me pet his belly? He still sometimes hops away from me. He is never relaxed If any of you people could help me that would me great! Thank you


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Old 04-11-2018, 09:59 AM
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It is best that you not try to touch your budgie at all for a minimum of two weeks from today.
He needs time to settle into his new environment and become comfortable with his new surroundings.
Budgies are often submissive for the first few days simply because they really are terrified.
Think about it -- you've taken him into a totally strange place and to him you are a huge giant and possibly a predator. It is going to take a lot of time for him to learn to trust you.

You can cover the top and three sides of the cage to help the budgie feel more secure. Playing music for him when you aren't around will be helpful as well. Budgies perceive no noise as meaning there may be danger.

Taming and Bonding is all about helping your budgie learn to trust you and it takes a great deal of time and patience on your part.
You should never grab your budgie or force him to be touched.
To bond with your budgie, you need to build his trust in you.
He will have to learn over time that you will not hurt him, grab him and try to force him to allow you to hold him.

To build your budgie’s trust, sit by his cage and read, talk or sing quietly to him for a period of at least 10-15 minutes, 3 or 4 times day. After the 2nd or 3rd day, rest your hand on the outside of the cage when you talk to him so he'll learn that your hand is safe and will not hurt him .

After a week, rest your hand inside the cage when you talk.
Don’t make sudden moves, don’t try to touch him .
Let him get used to the idea that the hand is now in his safe place and not harming him .

After 2 weeks, begin moving your hand slowly toward your budgie. If he becomes agitated, stop moving your hand and just hold very still until he calms down. When he's comfortable with your hand near him , you can offer him a bit of millet or a few seeds. In a few more days, you can begin your taming and bonding sessions.

Always work at your budgie's pace.
Move slowly and talk reassuringly and calmly whenever you interact with him .

Most budgies once they pass the "baby" stage, do not like to be petted or touched.
If your budgie does like to be petted, you should only ever pet his head, neck or chest area.
Stroking a budgie's back and/or tail stimulates its breeding instinct. Bonding means allowing them to choose to be with you.

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These are great resources for Talk Budgie members and have a wealth of reliable information which will assist you to learn the best practices in caring for your budgies for their optimal health and well-being.

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Old 04-11-2018, 10:13 AM
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Amazing advice! Thank you so much i thought he was enjoying being stroked but from today i will not touch him for a few weeks
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Excellent!

We'd love to see a picture of your budgie in a few weeks time after he's all settled into his new home.
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Hello and

You have come to the right place to learn more about best practices in budgie care. FaeryBee has given you excellent advice.

Best of luck with your new feathered friend! It takes time to develop trust and a bond but is worth it!

I look forward to seeing some pictures when you get a chance.
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Old 04-11-2018, 11:16 AM
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Thank you both for taking time to reply i absolutely will post a picture in the near future! Hes beautiful.
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Welcome! You’ve been given great advice!
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Hi there and to the forums!

You've come to the best place to learn even more about budgies! Your new little friend sounds very sweet; I'm glad you'll be taking the advice given I'm sure he'll start settling in quite soon

Meanwhile, FaeryBee has provided some excellent resources above, so be sure to read through them. They include the forum's many stickies and articles to ensure that you're up to date on the very best of budgie care practices.

If you have any questions after reading through everything, please be sure to ask as we'd love to help!

We'd love to meet your little guy when you get a chance!

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Here he is guys! https://imgur.com/bMbuKz0
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Also guys ive got another question. Why does my budgie make a clicking sound with his beak? Ive watched videos of other birds beak grinding but it does not sound the same. Is it possible that his beak it too long and when hes grinding hes flicking his beak too? Whatever it is he does it quite alot, the only way i can describe it is if you was to flick your fingernail with another fingernail.
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