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Old 05-31-2017, 11:11 PM
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I just got him of course, but how long does he take to warm up? The first day he sat on a perch all day, but every day since then (I got him on Saturday), he just sits at the bottom of his cage all day long. He eats, and drinks, down there. Then at bedtime, he climbs up to the same front left corner, and hangs by his beak to sleep. He doesn't chirp ever, unless someone is making a lot of noise like running a vacuum, playing the piano, or operating a chain saw. Then he will chirp a little. That's it. No swinging on his swing or sitting on a perch or singing or climbing or hopping around or anything. Is he going to be like this forever? Is something wrong with him? Do I just need to keep being patient? Just want to know if this is normal.

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Old 05-31-2017, 11:15 PM
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Please take him to an avian vet as soon as possible. Whereas you are correct in that it can take a while to settle in, not perching and hanging with his beak open point to serious health concerns.
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I wouldn't say he is hanging with his beak open. This is how he sleeps. He hangs from the side of his cage by both feet and his beak.
 
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I second the suggestion that he see a vet. Budgies tend to be relatively vocal birds and active ones at that. A bird who spends his days on the bottom of the cage is a warning sign. If turns out he's okay, then you know it's just one of his quirks
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If after another day or so he still is not perching, you should take him to the vet.

However, hanging by the side of the cage is normal and many budgies do that, especially when they are nervous. Other budgies simply enjoy sleeping in that position

I would keep an eye on him. He's still settling in so it's normal for him to not move much or make any noise, but it becomes abnormal if after two days he's still not perching.
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If you budgie is quite young and recently weaned, he may not have had a lot of time on a perch and spent the majority of time on the floor of his cage.
As he grows in confidence, he should show more typical bird behaviours.

As he's so new to you, try covering up three sides of his cage and leaving just the front uncovered. This will make him feel safer.
Keep a TV or radio on for him as budgies don't like silence (as you've seen for yourself that the only time he chirps are when he hears other noises).

Bare in mind that your budgie comes from a place with other birds and they are naturally flock animals.
He has been taken away from all that he has known in his short life and everything has changed. He needs a long settling in period and lots of time and patience.

Read through the stickies on taming and bonding so that you know what best you can do to help your new budgie friend.

If you have done some research before getting a budgie, you'll know that they take a lot of time and patience to bond, but can have wonderful relationships with humans.
If you have got a budgie without researching first, spend the next couple of weeks learning what you can from the stickies on here.
To help him settle in you want to just leave your budgie alone for two weeks, only changing food & water pots and cleaning the bottom of the cage out.
Talk to him, but don't try and have any physical contact.
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Therm and Starling were right! Cosmo is just new and a baby and guess what! Today when I sat talking to him, he started looking up in that way they do and I knew he was going to jump up to the side of his cage. And sure enough in another minute or two he jumped up there and started doing all sorts of tricks for me, hanging upside down, and talking to me!! He even ate some millet from my hand through the bars, but I had my hand right near the end of the millet so he was eating right next to my finger! And he jumped in his water dish, and made a whole bunch of racket. It's like he just came out of his shell. Now he's acting like a bird! I had a feeling he was just still warming up but I came here to verify that and thank you so much. He just needed some time. I didn't think he was sick or anything. He comes up every night to the same corner and let's me rub his belly. He just likes to sleep like that for some reason. He's weird.
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Aww, that's great! I'm glad that your little baby has warmed up and perked up, too

I'm glad he's settling in so well!
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Thanks! Tonight I'll take a pic of his sleeping position and post it here! He does it like clockwork every night.
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I'm very glad to hear little Cosmo is settling into his new home well now.
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