Considering a budgie -- advice requested
Posted 01 June 2012 - 12:47 AM
First off, I live in a relatively small apartment, and have four cats. The bird would have to be kept either in the bedroom, or in the spare room where I house my reptiles. The cats are allowed in the bedroom, but not in the reptile room. I don't spend much time in the reptile room, but am usually in the bedroom at my computer for a few hours daily. I could probably lock the cats out for a litte while every evening to interact with the bird as I did internet stuff. If I kept the bird's cage in the bedroom all the time, though, would the sight of the cats walking around freak it out? They wouldn'tbe able to get anywhere near the cage, but still. I'm also a little bit worried about the noise and the mess...if anyone has experience keeping a bird cage in their bedroom, please let me know how bad it is.
If I were to house the bird in the reptile room, however, I'm worried that it would get depressed since nobody really goes in there for more than 20 minutes per day. I would still take the bird out every day and let him hang out with me in the bedroom (since I plan to tame it), but I don't know if it would be enough. It would be alone for most of the day in either room, but in the bedoom it would probably see a bit more of people when it wasn't out. Don't know if that would make any difference.
The other thing I was wondering about is taming. The budgie I have my eye on is at a pet store, but I know for a fact that they've only had it for a little less than a week. I was speaking to the breeder (who sold a few birds to the store that she had raised herself), and she said that they're already pretty tame. They seemed skittish around me, but I assume that's natural since they don't know me and they're in a new and stressful environment. I do know that they're very young, since she brought them pretty much as soon as they were ready, but I don't know their exact age (or whether or not they've been hand-reared). Is it likely that it could learn to think of me as a friend, sit on my shoulder and hang out with me, even if it takes a little work to gain its trust? I only want to get this one bird, since I want it to bond with me rather than another avian friend.
Any input would be much appreciated. And if you think that my living situation isn't suitable for a bugdie, do let me know. I'll be disappointed, but I also don't want to get a pet I can't keep happy. Thanks in advance.
Posted 02 June 2012 - 12:25 AM
We used to take the budgies into the bathtub and pull the curtain. that way they can't get away and get used to you pretty fast.
Posted 06 June 2012 - 12:15 AM
He sleeps in our bedroom and when he thinks it is time for everyone to awaken he climbs out of his sleeping cage and climbs around it making sounds until we get up.
I suspect your environment may not be the best for a budgie because parakeets are small enough to be a tasty meal for a cat, and you have four of them. I know there may be ways to make it work out, but you said you have a fairly small place and I just think it might be difficult, especially since you would be starting out without prior bird experience. Birds are not like domesticated species and usually us humans need to adapt to their ways instead of them adapting to ours.
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Posted 09 September 2012 - 02:31 AM
Posted 05 October 2012 - 09:14 AM
Taming the budige may take a while, but it is a rewarding process. It is good to get them young, as then they will be more used to you. When you first get your budgie, don't go sticking your hand in the cage straight away. It's better to let your bird settle down for a day or two, and make sure they realize that it is you changing their food and water lol. After two or three days, begin to sit close to the cage, then after a day or two begin to put your hand, with a little bit of food or a treat on it inside the cage, but not shoving it in the budiges face, just set it there, eventually, when your budgie begins to feel comfortable, he will come down and eat of your hand, from there you can begin to hand train them.
Posted 06 October 2012 - 12:17 AM
Anyway, a lot has changed since my first post. I've gone from bird newbie to bonafide bird nut! I got that budgie, but I couldn't stop at one....I got her a companion, then a few more companions. Then I rescued one with a broken leg. They're now all a big happy flock and have a huge flight cage. And their own room, so they can get out for exercise whenever they want. They are not tame, but a few will come on my finger for millet and this morning one landed on my shoulder. They're so much fun.
For companionship, I now have two second-hand cockatiel boys. They live in the bedroom and the cats are locked out until I cover the tiels up for the night. It works out well and everyone is happy. One of the tiels talks a bit and the other loves head scratches. Neither is super-cuddly but they like hanging out on my shoulders.
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Posted 11 October 2012 - 04:31 AM
i could have sworn that i posted a long message on this thread months ago but it appears that i forgot to actually "post" it :S.
in any case, your setup sounds great!! as long as they are securely away from your cats at all times, have plenty of time and room to fly about, and have regular interaction with you, i'm sure they will thrive . and, thank you for rescuing the hurt budgie. we need more people like you!
good luck with your flock and please do update once in a while as i would be eager to hear your progress.
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