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Default Colbalt Greywing Budgie (Ongoing Picture Thread)

Thanks everyone for the feedback, advice & comments about my new budgie.

I'm starting an ongoing photo thread. Admittedly, he doesn't have a name yet. . . this has been discussed (& debated ). . . however we're awaiting to learn more about his personality to commit to the name. Rest assured however, he will get a proper name.

Stats:

- Has lived with me almost 4 weeks now.
- Is about 5 to 6 months old.
- Mutation is a Cobalt Greywing (with potentially some Recessive Pied in there and maybe some Opaline.) He has pink feet and, while it doesn't show well in photos, there is cobalt blue suffusion in the feathers on his back.
- Definitely a male.

Traits / Behaviors:

- Can't stay quiet when I'm on the phone.
- Loves using bookcases as a perch.
- Regularly engages in head bobbing and cute chirping. Sometimes, something that sounds like clucking.
- Sometimes he reminds me of a small blue chicken.
- Likes toys of destruction & enjoys ringing bells.
- Is a slow riser in the morning. Needs 30 to 45 min. to wake up. Gets reliably tired around 8pm.
- Is a bit lazy. Would prefer that I bring the food to him on a perch vs. going to get it. (No, I'm not doing that all the time.)
- Hasn't yet achieved success in converting to pellets. This is going to be a process. [ If only it were as easy as pouring pellets in a dish. ]
- Not into bathing.
- Enjoys singing along with music. Gets jealous if I watch videos of Disco the Parakeet. He likes Disco, but not if I'm watching Disco from far away.
- Loves all things green esp. kale & broccoli & wheatgrass. Will rip into a stalk of broccoli with abandon....eyes pin at all things green. Goes crazy over wheatgrass.
- Doesn't like fruit very much so far: rejected apples, bananas & blueberries.
- Enjoys coconut flakes.
- Does not like anything in a mash texture (bananas, ground seeds mixed with warm water, egg yolk.) If it's a mash texture he tries it, shakes his beak, looks at me with disgust.... and then rubs his beak all over the branch, as if to protest anything that is not "neat."
- Spends much of the day preening and chirping. When he's not napping or sleeping. Or flying from bookcase to bookcase.
- Doesn't like to walk on the floor or tables.
- Recently starting learning that the top of his cage is a play area.
- Is fairly reliable and trusting in stepping up, but he's unpredictable as to how long he stays on my finger. If he's tired, he'll stay there. If he's not tired... he's off to fly around.
- Returning him to his cage, requires a small amount of chasing (he flies to a couple perches before he gives in.) This hasn't been too annoying yet, but he'll need some work to see if he can be trained better to more reliably return to his cage. (I'm a little bit overwhelmed at the thought of taking that on, but I will.)

It will be fun to see how he changes over time.




















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He is precious and I can't wait to see more of him and hear about what his name will be! I look forward to staying updated on this thread for sure
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Awww... thanks StarlingWings ~~ ! Mallorn is gorgeous.... !
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Your budgie boy is such a sweetheart, best of luck with the name choosing!
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Your sweet boy is so cute I just want to give him loads of kisses!
I'll definitely be looking forward to your updates on this thread.
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Great post I feel like I also know your baby.
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Thanks Aluz, FaeryBee (Deborah) & shaz128blue. . . Thank you for checking him out. I have some more pics I'll post, and going to try to experiment with video.

Here he is in his most wild behavior. After he eats in the morning, he is the most hyper. Jumps back and forth between perches like a maniac. (Clearly I think that means he wants to get out and fly around and chirp and "ack.") I typically let him do this for as long as I might be available to monitor, which varies.

When I put him back in, he tends to still be in this "skinny mode" which is how he started.

He gets skinny, holds his wings out a bit, and darts his head side to side as if to be on alert. He'll do this for quite some time. I try to chat softly with him to get him to relax. It doesn't really work. Any idea what this is about?



Working on clicker training. I click and make him come to the millet. Yesterday he successfully flew to my hand and perched there to get the millet. I continued to move my hand further away, and he played along... to a point. Once my hand was further away to he point that he didn't approve, he lost interest and started preening... as if to say "You are boring me, human. I am not here to do your bidding. You... shall bring me the food. I will humor you... but only to a point. Now I shall ignore you and your attempts to get me to confirm to your pithy human games."

Lol. ( I kind of game him a fairly pompous attitude there. ; )

In all fairness to his pompousness..... I have very much slowed down and increased my patience. That is key and it really does work. It's definitely a marathon and not a sprint.
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He's a very cute little boy

The "skinny mode" where he holds his wings out a bit and darts around is him being excited

It sounds like you're making great progress--you're absolutely right, it's a marathon, not a sprint
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Your new little boy is so cute .

thank you.... ! much appreciated. he's been a lot of fun so far. . .
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