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Old 03-11-2011, 06:43 AM
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Default New parakeet, won't eat/drink/move?

Got my first parakeet in many years yesterday early afternoon.

It hasn't moved an inch overnight, and won't eat or drink anything. I just took the sheet off of its cage as morning is here and light is starting to come in.

Any suggestions besides letting it go to its food and water at its own time?

I don't even want to change the food/water yet as there's none gone, and that would disturb it even more...


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Old 03-11-2011, 06:50 AM
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It also has poo stuck to its vent, however I tried to let it perch on my hand, for I could get it off, wouldn't do it.

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Hi mystery. I'm not an expert but maybe your new budgie just needs a few days to settle in. Do give your budgie fresh water regardless of wether or not you think s/he may have had any. What type of feed are you giving him/her? Is it a change in diet for him/her? There are so many knowledgeable budgie owners and experts on this site. Someone with more knowledge will be along in time and give you some sound advice.

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its probably stressed from the move. its probably best not to try and touch it until it adjusts to its new home. try and peg a cover to the cage and put it outside somewhere where it can get a bit of sun but is still protected, nothing perks up a bird more than a bit of morning sun! Also make sure you approach the cage slowly and talk softly to your bird whilst you do everything in or around the cage.

Keep an eye on him and keep us posted hopefully you little one will perk up soon enough
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I can remove the curtain from a window to let natural light in. It's a large cage so I don't think moving it would be a good idea right now, would probably scare it worse than it already is.

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Not a change in diet, same that the store was feeding to it.

Will go ahead and change the water. I have a gallon of spring water I'm using.

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Ah i see, well see if a bit more light works
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Changed its water/food and removed the tablecloth from the front of the cage (sides and back are still obscured).

What to do if it doesn't do anything but sit there all day? It -has- to eat and drink sometime..

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I had the same concern with mine. Just give your bird some time. Maybe hang millet close to where your bird likes to sit. Try playing some soft music for background noise. Use a nightlight if it's completely dark at night where your bird is kept. It took my bird several weeks to completely adjust. I also was very concerned that my little guy was motionless and not eating. But he came around.

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Old 03-11-2011, 08:12 AM
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Yep, I already have millet hanging about five inches from where he's perching.

I'm playing AIR1 radio in the background, it's a contemporary Christian station, mostly light music.

Just hoping that he decides to do something soon for I'll stop worrying.

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