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: Playing budgie noises to new budgie?


Dani_T
07-10-2010, 12:02 AM
Hi,

I've just bought my first budgie yesterday and am loving having him at home. He's behaving in what (according to posts on these forums) seems to be typical for the first few days (not eating/drinking, sitting mainly in one spot, a little skittish around me). I'm not worried (yet) given the really helpful things I have read here. However, when I played him some budgie sounds he became very interested, started chirping a bit and has even flown and climbed around his cage for a couple of minutes.

My question is, should I continue to play him the sounds (particularly when I am out of the house) when he is so new? My intention is to comfort him but I'm worried that it might be a little cruel playing him sounds of birds he probably just wants to be around (I think he might have been trying to get to them when he was crawling all over his cage)? Also will it slow down the bonding between him and I?

Thanks!

Beatrix
07-10-2010, 12:32 AM
Hi,

I've just bought my first budgie yesterday and am loving having him at home. He's behaving in what (according to posts on these forums) seems to be typical for the first few days (not eating/drinking, sitting mainly in one spot, a little skittish around me). I'm not worried (yet) given the really helpful things I have read here. However, when I played him some budgie sounds he became very interested, started chirping a bit and has even flown and climbed around his cage for a couple of minutes.

My question is, should I continue to play him the sounds (particularly when I am out of the house) when he is so new? My intention is to comfort him but I'm worried that it might be a little cruel playing him sounds of birds he probably just wants to be around (I think he might have been trying to get to them when he was crawling all over his cage)? Also will it slow down the bonding between him and I?

Thanks!

Congratulations on your first budgie .. I have to be honest.. none of my budgies did not eat, drink, or sat in one spot the first days..
Have you thought to play him music when you are not around? I sometimes leave the tv on or the radio.. so they don't have the silence.. it scares them when it is too silent. (at least mine)
It should not slow down bonding :)

Would love to see some pictures of your little guy :)

louara
07-10-2010, 01:09 AM
Welcome to Talk Budgies and congrats on your new baby :)
Beatrix has given you some great advice. I leave the radio for my budgie when I'm not home. Talk radio, classical or light pop music are her favorites. Keep us updated on your new little one. Have you chossen a name yet?

Exzander
07-10-2010, 01:47 AM
There's nothing wrong with playing sounds, it's actually very helpful. Anything that makes them feel more comfortable.

Do not worry about your budgie not moving/drinking/eating. In fact, even after a week, it's still completely normal. Mine didn't actually start moving/eating/drinking often until like 2 weeks after I got her. So, no worries. I will say, though, you should get him a millet and put it in his cage. They love millet and they do need to eat, so make sure you put that in his cage so that he will eat something. :)

ariel
07-10-2010, 11:11 AM
I know groups of budiges or pairs love hearing the sounds but on one of my budgie sites, playing for one bird might make him lonely or dissapointed when he sees....,he hears friends saying things or having a good time but he doesn't end up finding them =/ NOw that is opinion though. I play classic rock or leave cartoons on. When I play budgies or other birds he goes NUTS and will even fly out of the cage and start looking for birds. I thought it might have been a little cruel =/ since he has no real budgie friends and I need to be his flock and not fool him with sounds. Now I do use these if the cage realllllly needs cleaned and he wont come out, kinda tricky but its for his health

SonnyDays
07-10-2010, 04:52 PM
I'm far from an expert, but in my opinion it does seem cruel to play budgie sounds - just seems like the bird would be looking for the birds he hears and be frustrated and more lonely at not finding them. :pout:

Seems different for two or more budgies who at least have each other. I read the same thing about mirrors for a single budgie, but I guess every bird has its own personality.

Jake E. Birdie
07-21-2010, 08:45 PM
I remember vividly when I brought Jake home in 1996. He was about three months old according to his band. I had read everything about budgie care I could get my hands on before I picked him out, or should I say he selected me! at the pet store. (For 11 years I told him the story of how we both knew that we knew on that day that we were made for each other and why he came home with me that day!)

I had already had his cage all set up, his food ready etc. I'd say it was about 2 weeks before we crossed paths. I say this because I never went out to "get a budgie", rather I was all ready to become a parent and decided that I would just keep looking at the new birds and eventually there would be that "special" moment. Well there was, and what a great 11 years!!

With regard to a budgie's behavior when he is first separated from all the others and brought home to be your best friend, I had pretty much the same experience as the member's other posts. Jake was very quiet and didn't move much for the first day or two.

In 1996 cell phones weren't as common as they were now, so I used to call home from work to check my answering machine messages once a day.
Well, the first day I came home from work, (the second day I had Jake) his cage was strewn with birdseed and looked totally disheveled. I quickly realized that I had placed his cage right near the wall phone and when the call came in he must have panicked!!

A few days later I was slowly reaching in to get his water and food cups to change the contents. He bolted right past my hand and out into the living room. He took a right turn at full speed right into the wall!! THUNK!!! I was very concerned that he might have broken his neck. Fortunately, he was just standing on the ground shaking it off as if to say "....hey...what just happened???!!!"

He allowed me to put my thumb and fingers around him and pick him up and return him to his cage. I don't remember too much about his becoming tame after that except that soon he was out of his cage and flying where ever he wanted to all day.

What I DO remember is, one time he landed on my shoulder and just started talking. Not without training, but it was if a switch was thrown in his little head. For about 2 to 3 months I had been repeating simple phrases to him with no feedback at all. That day he landed on my shoulder and kept saying over and over ....."BIRDIE.....BIRDIE.....JAKEY BIRDIE!!!!" What a wonderful feeling. He never stopped talking after that and subsequently learned about 25 words. He could tell me what he wanted to eat, and at times I swear we had a dialogue.

From my experience the best way to deal with your new guy is to give him a lot of space and always talk to him in a low, relaxed voice when you go near the cage and especially when reaching into it in the beginning.

When I go to pet stores and look at all the budgies playing and yelling and screaming, I can make a few noises I learned from Jake and Birdie and they all stop and move towards the sound with wide-eyes and wonderment. Budgies love to learn and once they trust you it is very easy to teach them new things.

Birdie could navigate through any room in my 7 room house at lightning speed and beat me to my destination. How he knew where I was going I'll never know. He didn't learn this on his own though, I would take him on my shoulder to different rooms and then return to the starting point. Slowly he began to remember the path and before you knew it, he had a play-gym in almost every room in the house!

Put in the time in the beginning and you will have a wonderful experience with your budgie, :budgie: one that loves you as much as you love him for many, many years!!! - Mark

SonnyDays
07-21-2010, 10:27 PM
Mark I love hearing your stories about your budgies and your love for them really comes through. I hope you find another special budgie to help heal the hurt you have over missing your friends.

I can only hope my experience with our new birds will be as rewarding as yours was.

blueboatdreams
07-25-2010, 06:30 PM
I did this a couple of days ago. Sometimes it makes me think that my budgie is very lonely, because once I start playing budgie keets and chirping, she's always there to talk to it right back. But at least that helps me to know she can still be social with other birds.

maryalesia
07-30-2010, 07:33 PM
Mark, you sound like you have so much love in you for budgies. I hope you will one day find another feathered friend. :)

Chris72
08-16-2010, 11:42 AM
I tried playing some budgie noises, with low volume, on the desk with the bird sitting right there. Interestingly, not much reaction! I was expecting him to go nuts, and wasn't sure if it was healthy or not. But...no big reaction.

The bird looks at the big LCD monitor I'm using. I wonder if he can see things on it? Or maybe just looks there because that's where I'm pointed.

Scott Burton
08-21-2010, 07:45 PM
congrats on your arrival. as your in pretty much the same situation as what i was, when i first got my birds (a week and day ago) they did nothing what so ever, but they a day later i started playing budgie noises and they loved it, jumping around the cage, and still i use the budgie noises every so often