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Welcome to the forums! You have certainly come to the right place as you will find all you need to know on budgie care here.
The information on the several articles and sticky threads at the top of each section of the forums will be extremely useful and of benefit to you and your budgie.
For how long have you had your budgie? The fact that he/she is comfortable enough to let the guard down a bit and to close the eyes is a good sign but it doesn't mean that your budgie fully trusts you.
Depending on the time of the day, your budgie could also be sleepy and in need of a little nap or sleep for the night.
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It certainly is very soon to have a more hands on approach at the training process or to expect your budgie to already trust you so soon.
It requires time and consistent work to establish a trusting bond with a pet bird.
At this point, it's more important to give Kiwi the required time (at least two weeks) to settle into his/her new house and environment.
In order to help your budgie settle, you can cover the cage on 3 sides (leaving front part of cage uncovered) and having some soothing music at low volume will also be helpful.
From your description, your budgie was likely wanting to nap. Young budgies will tend to nap a bit more. If you post a clear picture taken in natural light (a front shot of the face) we will be able to determine the gender for you and also give an age estimate.
For now your budgie doesn't really know you and once he/she is more settled in, you can start by establishing the foundations of trust and this is done by spending time with your budgie, sitting close to the cage and making Kiwi used to your presence and voice.
By talking to Kiwi in a calm, positive, encouraging and reassuring way in time there will be a connection between the two of you and your budgie will realize you are not there to harm him/her.
By watching Kiwi's body language, you will know when to proceed further in training and this can be seen when your budgie shows curiosity towards you and moves closer to you while in the cage.
By then, you can make Kiwi more used to your hand by offering him/her a tasty treat through the cage's bars. As time goes by, you can then slowly place your hand inside the cage, offer the treat and encourage Kiwi to step onto your hand/finger.
As I said before, you will find all the pertinent information at the Taming and Bonding section.
It is recommended you not try to touch your budgie for the first two weeks she is with you. Budgies are often submissive initially simply because they are terrified!
Cover the top and three sides of her cage and give her time to settle into her new environment. Play some music for her to help keep her calm.
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 her to be touched.
To bond with your budgie, you need to build her trust in you.
She will have to learn over time that you will not hurt her, grab her and try to force her to allow you to hold her.
To build your budgieís trust, sit by her cage and read, talk or sing quietly to her 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 her so he'll learn that your hand is safe and will not hurt her.
After a week, rest your hand inside the cage when you talk.
Donít make sudden moves, donít try to touch her.
Let her get used to the idea that the hand is now in her safe place and not harming her.
After 2 weeks, begin moving your hand slowly toward your budgie. If she becomes agitated, stop moving your hand and just hold very still until she calms down. When she's comfortable with your hand near her, you can offer her 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 to her whenever you interact with her.
Please take the time to read through the Site Guidelines, all of the How To Guides, the FAQs, the Budgie Articles and the stickies located at the top of each section of the forum.
You'll find most of your basic questions about budgies and caring for them will have been answered after you've read through all of them.
Your budgie sounds like a sweetheart. Although it's not to early to start talking to him, make sure to also give him a few hours alone for the first few days, with some soothing music in the background. As he gets comfortable with his environment, he'll settle in faster
However, I'm glad you have been reading to him and speaking to him as well! Those are both great ways to start to build a trusting relationship with your budgie.
Throughout the two week "settle in period", keep on reading to him, talking to him, and involving him in your life (i.e, taking your laptop to a desk near his cage, or doing something else close by). He will begin to get used to your presence more and more
Unlike female budgies, once a male budgie reaches maturity (unless he is of a mutation that does not get a royal blue cere), his immature pink coloured cere will turn and stay the same blue colour throughout his life, fluctuating very minimally when he is in breeding condition. Females, on the other hand, have a pale blue or whitish tan cere when young or when out of breeding condition, and when they're in breeding condition, their cere will turn brown.
You've been given great resources and advice above! If you have any questions after reading through everything, be sure to ask as we'd love to help
We'd love to meet your boy Kiwi when you get a chance!
thanks! I really appreciate the nice people here. I'm a newbie to this bird thing
I don't want to open up a new thread, but my budgie isn't eating or drinking and I'm concerned ahhh I set up a camera that is out of his sight so I could see if he would eat but he isn't. How long can they go without food?
What you are seeing is normal for a new budgie.
As mentioned in your previous thread, he needs time to settle in.
He will preen the stuck on poop off himself given a bit of time and he's poofed up because he's still stressed.
Please read through all the stickies and the Budgie Articles.
You will find the answers to most of your questions there and will also learn a great deal about how to provide the best care for your new bird.
I've merged your two threads, retitled it "New Budgie Behavior Questions" and moved it to the behavior section of the forum.
If, after reading the stickies and articles, you are unable to find the answers to additional questions about your new budgie, please post them here in this same thread.