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Old 06-10-2017, 02:01 PM
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I'd like to introduce Lacy. We've had her about a week. It has been along time since my cockatiel passed away. If anyone has any advice I would appreciate it. We are letting her settle in for now, just talking to her and keeping it quiet to let her get comfortable while talking to her. I'm introducing some fresh veggies slowly with millet sprinkled on top to peak her interest,she seems interested in the veggies and there are nibble marks all over them. She was on an all seed diet, but we are going to slowly add more and more fresh foods and pellets to give her a more balanced variety. I'm not sure what her color is, and I know she is young i'm guessing somewhere between 8-12 weeks?. We have a cuttlebone, some toys, fresh water and her seed/pellet mix (which is available at all times even with the veggies). She seems very interested in coming out of the cage. She will step up in or out of the cage though she won't sit on our finger too long. Her wings were clipped at the store. She comes up to the cage to see us and will sit and chirp to us and listen when we talk and whistle back. When do you recommend allowing her to explore the bedroom some? It is safety proofed for my daughter's hamster's playtime, so it should be safe for Lacy as well.
Also I could use some advice on one thing. How do you tell when a young budgie is beginning their first molt? Our girl? is rubbing her head some, and preening alot! Lacy eats well, and is active, but seems itchy. No signs of any parasites, i've checked her out throughly. Just very itchy. No pin feathers visible yet though. We (against my usual rules) bought her at a pet store. They usually have very healthy animals, and are great about their feed and housing, so i'm not too worried about her being sick, as she shows no signs of illness, i've just never owned such a young budgie or other bird before
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It's great to have you here with us! I'm glad that Lacy is settling in well It's important to keep her in her cage for a full two weeks so she is totally used to her environment and begins to see the cage as her home. Additionally, many budgies will behave submissively for the first few days because they are terrified of their new surroundings.

After a few weeks, if you'd like, you can start to let her out of the cage. Since she won't be tame yet, ensure that you're letting her out with plenty of time for her to go back to her cage on her own; having to pick her up or catch her to put her back in will only set you back with trust.

Additionally, once you see a few feathers on the floor of the cage it is likely that she's beginning a moult. Pin feathers generally don't show up until after a few days of dropping feathers. Parrots in general enjoy rubbing their head on perches, etc., so it doesn't necessarily indicate the presence of mites or a moult.

You've come to a great place to learn even more about the best practices for budgie care.

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Thank you very much, i've been spending a lot! of time reading stickies lol. It's been 10 years since I've had a bird. I did have one other question, in about another week or so, when I do let her out, she won't be able to go back in b/c her wings are clipped. How should I handle that?
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You can offer her one of her perches to step up on, and you can "ferry" her back to her cage. Usually, this works just fine to get budgies back in their cage
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When I first had Stever, three years ago he was clipped in very young and although he hadn't bonded yet but was ok with stepping up on finger, I'll take him out and put him on a temporary perch to where I'd sit at the computer. He had learned that being clipped he wasn't going to travel, but the time out let him be close to me and
think he enjoyed what was going on at the computer screen. At times I'd even get one of "Disco parakeet" videos on Youtube and he'd often perk up and watch. When he molted and got the ropes of flying he was bonded to me and whenever he was out of his cage his preferred location was near or on me. Just go at her own pace.
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