I wanted to try using a bottle to house water for my new budgie Yuki. I like that fact that it's hanging outside the cage, it's made from glass/stainless steel, and it won't clog with food and gunk. I never used a bottle before, but I figured it was a good time to start!
The only issue... Yuki won't use it. I got worried she wasn't drinking any water so I added a small hanging plasic cup to her cage. Then I noticed she was only drinking out of the cup. I moved the cup to right under the bottle but she still only drinks from the cup. I even tried leaving a drop of water off of the end of the bottle but still no interest.
Is there anything I can do to show her to drink from the bottle? She's roughly under 1yr old and has not been tamed yet.
It takes a while for budgies to try new things and by keeping her other water pot near to the new bottle will help Yuki become familiar with it. If Yuki does take a while to come round to new items, this is to be expected.
I would keep both water pot and bottle for now just let her take her time with it.
You might also try shifting the bottle to a spot where she is close
and maybe move a favorite toy, or treat nearby and she' discovers it by accident. Make sure that you don't fill the bottle all the way to the top, and when you install it give it a downward shake so the air
is not blocking the flow. Once they know they can get a drink there
just give it time and Yuki will always have clean, available water.
You still should change it every other day.