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Budgie Behavior Wondering about why your budgie behaves in certain ways? Talk about it here!

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Old 01-09-2010, 11:47 AM
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I got a baby budgie about a month ago and it would appear he is such a baby he doesn't know that he needs to bathe himself. He loves the sound of water and will drink a sip here and there but other than that is absolutely terrified of it. I know he would have fun playing in the water, I just don't know how to convey that to him. And he's dirty. He gets poop and food crusted on his feathers. I've given him several sink baths, but that's so traumatic for him. We recently bought a squirt bottle in hopes of spurring on his cleaning instincts, but when I mist him he runs away, finds a good perch, and air dries his feathers, preening them only once he's completely dry. How do i let my baby know what he's missing?

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Old 01-09-2010, 12:28 PM
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Budgies are very very sensitive so I wouldn't force it. If you force a bath on them, the only thing they remember is that you are "hurting" them, so to speak. For instance, if you are catching your friend and holding him or her against their will under the water, that will not really help him/her to trust you. Budgies can be very hard to work with because it can be very hard to earn their trust, and very easy to lose it.

Can you explain the poop and food crusted on? My budgies don't usually have this problem. If it is severe, there could be a health issue going on. For instance, is your friend regurgitating on him/herself?

I introduced mine to the mist bottle very slowly. A few sprays with some encouraging talk. I got them used to squirt or so a day until they learned that it wasn't really so bad. Only two of the 6 truly enjoy it, but that's pretty good progress for me!

You also might want to offer shallow baths to them with their favorite veggie or toy in it, so they go for what they want and learn to associate the water with good things.

Excellent job, though, wanting to give your budgie what he/she needs! A name and pics would be really appreciated...I'd love to see your baby!
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My birds aren't thrilled with mist sprays; I just simply provide them with lots of fresh, wet green food; then I stand back and watch the ensuing hilarity.

They love to leap up and jump on anything wet that's edible and easy to climb on. They ruffle their feathers, hang upside down and behave like complete nincompoops!

My birds appreciate the joys of bathing in their own way, on their terms...
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I like the idea of a treat in the middle of his bath, I'm going to try that.

Enzo is not regurgitating on himself, but i feed him a mixture of pellets, seed and soft food so he'll get food remnants on his forehead and cheeks and it just gets crusty. Sometimes when he poops it gets stuck in the feathers around his vent so he uses his beak to clean it off, but then he doesn't fully clean his beak and then tweaks a feather on his back and now he's got poop on his back.

Also, do you know of any way to tell approximate age of a baby budgie? I know the receding head stripes and changing nare colors. Anything else I can use?

Thanks for your time and input!

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Enzo after his first bath


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I like the idea of a treat in the middle of his bath, I'm going to try that.

Enzo is not regurgitating on himself, but i feed him a mixture of pellets, seed and soft food so he'll get food remnants on his forehead and cheeks and it just gets crusty. Sometimes when he poops it gets stuck in the feathers around his vent so he uses his beak to clean it off, but then he doesn't fully clean his beak and then tweaks a feather on his back and now he's got poop on his back.
I don't mean to alarm you, but that doesn't seem normal. Bugies are generally clean... they preen themselves quite well. He shouldn't have poo's on his body. I hope other members can chime in and figure out if this is something to be concerned about.

What a sweet baby. He couldn't be any cuter.
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My budgies love their baths. We use a container and the LOVE celery in their bath. Make sure you dont make the water to deep because then they get scared. If you put a good sized leafy piece of celery then sometimes they try standing on that. I just left the bath there a couple of times and they started bathing. Mine are quite young but now their crazy about it. My female bird even dunks her head under the water now.
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I haven't had any luck in bathing also but once the weather gets warmer I will offer more baths...hope they take to it!
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My two took awhile to figure out the bath thing, too. I put a plastic Chinese take-away dish in their cage. They didn't get in the water the first 3 times and just drank from it. Then the 4th time, Nora, the braver of the two just hopped in, and Nick followed her about 10 minutes later. Now they love to take a bath.

I agree that getting poo on himself doesn't sound right.
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On my first Baby Budgee the mist bottle was the source of his Mistrust in me so yeah.. i tried to poke the favourite toy of another budgee on a thin line of water he went for it and sooner or later he got used to it i tried to spray him and the results weren't that bad but he didnt like it that much
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First of all... he's adorable

As for the bathing issue... some budgies like it and others don't. Mine wont hop in their bath, they just drink out of it. I don't own a spray bottle, so sometimes I'll use my hands to splash them with water and they love it. You'll just have to ease him into it and teach him to like it.

Keep an eye on the poop issue though. Like Caspir said, a healthy budgie is usually really good about keeping themselves clean. Just make sure its not a continuing problem. My youngest budgie had the same issue during the first week that I had him, but I gave him one good bath in the sink using a wet cloth to clean around his vent area and he's been clean ever since.
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