I'm a new Budgie owner and I'm scared I'm doing everything wrong :(
I know I should've adopted, but in my area none were available so I got him at petsmart. I have him covered right now, but he hasn't been doing much the last two days, really only sitting still. He freaks out when I have to change his food and water and I haven't seen him drink at all. Also his beak looks like it has a chip on it, like we get on our fingernails sometimes. He keeps nibbling at it but he won't move othewise. Earlier I played some parakeet sounds and it seemed like he got excited but it might have been agittation. I talk to him a lot and he isn't all isolated, i just want him to be comfortable.
Hey! Congratulations on your new friend! This is totally normal. When I got my budgie, she sat on the bottom of the cage for at least three days and she wouldn't do anything. You won't usually see them drink water, I've had my budgie for a couple months and I have never seen her drink water. As for the chip in your budgie's beak, I am not sure what that means. But your budgie will probably eat and drink at night for the most part, at least in it's first few days of settling in. It was a smart decision to come to the forum for help, there are plenty of professionals on here. I'm still a beginner, so this is just some experience. Good luck with your new pet!
Oh, something else that I want to add is that you shouldn't feel bad for buying a budgie from a store. The store that I went to for mine wasn't the best environment for a budgie, so I think of it as rescuing. You have already shown responsibility by coming to the forum and asking questions. You are going to be a great budgie owner. Again, best of wishes with your new budgie!
Budgies are often submissive for the first few days simply because they are terrified. It sounds as if this is the case for your new little friend.
Although buying from a big-box pet store is not "rescuing" because it supports the bad practices of birdie-mills, many of us (including myself) have resorted to doing so at one time or another so don't beat yourself up too much.
Hopefully, someday there will be more reputable and ethical breeders to make it easier to buy budgies that are well-cared for prior to adoption.
You are doing well in covering the top and three sides of the cage to help the budgie feel more secure. Playing music for him when you aren't around will be helpful as well. Budgies perceive no noise as meaning there may be danger.
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 him to be touched.
To bond with your budgie, you need to build his trust in you.
He will have to learn over time that you will not hurt him, grab him and try to force him to allow you to hold him.
To build your budgie’s trust, sit by his cage and read, talk or sing quietly to him 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 him so he'll learn that your hand is safe and will not hurt him .
After a week, rest your hand inside the cage when you talk.
Don’t make sudden moves, don’t try to touch him .
Let his get used to the idea that the hand is now in his safe place and not harming him .
After 2 weeks, begin moving your hand slowly toward your budgie. If he becomes agitated, stop moving your hand and just hold very still until he calms down. When he's comfortable with your hand near him , you can offer him 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 whenever you interact with him .
Most budgies once they pass the "baby" stage, do not like to be petted or touched.
If your budgie does like to be petted, you should only ever pet his head, neck or chest area.
Stroking a budgie's back and/or tail stimulates its breeding instinct. Bonding means allowing them to choose to be with you.
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.
Truly, the very BEST advice anyone can offer you is to take the time to read ALL of the stickies throughout the various Talk Budgie forums as well as the Budgie Articles we have posted.
These are great resources for Talk Budgie members and have a wealth of reliable information which will assist you to learn the best practices in caring for your budgies for their optimal health and well-being.
Here's a link to a list of stickies (short information/advice pages): List of Stickies
Have a read through, especially the section on 'new budgies arrivals', then if you have any questions you can post them and members usually reply promptly.
If you post a photo of your bird's beak, someone may be able to advise you as to whether it's a normal crack or something needing further attention.
We love to see photos, so once he's more settled, pls post some.
Welcome to TB! You came to right place. We have here great source of information regarding best practice budgie care! I am looking forward to meet your new friend when you have the time and he became more comfortable in his new home
Welcome to TalkBudgies! You'll find plenty of information concerning your new feathered friend on the Stickies, please take the time to read through them! When you have the time, post some pictures of your budgie; we'd love to see them!
My two females get along well, with an occasional squabble.
I highly recommend you read everything FaeryBee has posted. It is VERY useful info.
Do post some pics if you get a chance
Best of luck to you