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    Hello everyone!

    Two weeks ago my boyfriend found a male budgie outside the bar where he works. The poor thing was stiff with cold and had a slightly injured wing (nothing too serious luckily). We adopted the little fellow, called him Eddy, and since he seemed lonely when I was off to university we got him a friend (a young male called Bob). They get along fine only Bob can be a bit bossy, being the younger male it could be about proving himself?
    They're not tame (at all, actually they're quite panicky when I change their water or put up millet in their cage). They're not interested in any other food than seeds, I've tried apple, carrot shavings, pear, dried fruits... Any tips on getting them to eat their greens?
    And has anyone got any tips on making them a bit less scared of me? I'm really slow and careful around them, talk to them in a soothing voice, ... Try to spend a lot of time with them.
    I realise this might take ages, but I just want to make sure I'm not doing anything wrong. Eddy has been through enough...

    Thanks for listening,

    Ester

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    Re: rescue budgie

    Hi Ester, and to Tailfeathers.

    There are some great articles in the Bird Information section. Take a look at the tool bar up top.

    Here are two that I thought might be of interest to you:


    Multiple Bird Homes

    Taming Your Bird

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    Re: rescue budgie

    To tame them, you could just sit beside their cage so they could get use to you.

    To get them to try veggies, I chopped up the veggies and serve it to them.
    Proud owner of Whisky and Brandy ............. Pictures availible HERE.
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    Hi and welcome. I know you have decided to keep Eddy but have you done any kind of research to see if someone has reported their pet missing? Vet clinics, humane societies, pet shelters... you should contact them all before claiming him as your own. "When someone finds a dog or a cat, they bring it to a shelter. When someone finds a bird, they buy a cage". This is the wrong mentality. I am only suggesting this because we lost our budgie when he flew away and I did EVERYTHING to try and get him back. The best case scenario is that someone, like yourself, found him and took him in but I will never know and it kills me not knowing. Someone out there might desperately be looking for their pet so please try.

    As for taming, the panic etc. you have only had him for 2 weeks so give him some time. If they like their millet, you can put your hand in their cage (yes they will thrash around and fly for a bit) with millet in your palm and wait to see if they would be enticed to come to your hand to eat. You can "save" millet for only doing this so if they want it, they have to come to you.

    Are their wings clipped? Meaning, they can flutter to the ground but not gain any height? Because if they are VERY flighty (sorry for the pun...) you might consider clipping their wings. This will also be safer in case they were to get out of their cage and you had to catch them and they aren't tame. Once tame, you can decide if you want to keep them clipped or not but that's a whole other decision.

    Also, I suggest you take them both for a check-up at the vet. Since you found Eddy outdoors, you don't know if he has any illness. Normally, you would quarantine a new bird for a month before introducing a second bird but that's already been done so the next best thing is to make sure they are both healthy. Just because you found Eddy and the other one is (I'm assuming) a pet store budgie does not mean they do not deserve vet care. I am not making the assumption that you won't go but a lot of people feel that if they spend $20 on a bird, they shouldn't spend $50 on vet care. Totally wrong!!

    As for the food situation, try warm foods; cooked peas, corn, rice, pasta, outmeal... they sometimes prefer that. Or sprinkle some seeds directly onto the fruits and veggies since the birds might not know they are edible. My guys like broccoli attached with a clip the the side of their cage. They pick at the head of the broccoli and love it.

    Good luck.

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    Hi everyone,

    thanks for all the replies and pointers.
    I have called a few organisations that deal with missing pets and even put a flyer out in the area, but so far no response and I really didn't want to bring him to a shelter, so yes I bought a cage... could hardly leave him in a cardboard box Judging by his age and the fact that he's not at all tame, not wingclipped (and doesn't know any food a well kept budgie should know) I'm afraid he's been dumped by not so scrupulous owners.
    We've already been to our vet, she said he'd be alright and showed no signs of illnesses. His feathers look nice and his stool is nice and firm. Monday we're taking them both to another vet that's more specialised in birds. As they're not clipped I thought it'd be best to have the vets do that the first few times so I can watch and learn. I never economise on my pets, and I always want the very best for them. I did get Bob from a (specialised) petstore, but only because the only good breeder I could find didn't have any birds available for quite some time and I didn't want Eddy to be too lonely when I'm off to university.
    Tried the warm food, the mixing with the seeds and the broccoli, no luck as of yet. But I'll keep trying. I read it can take months before they start, but it's worth the effort, so...
    I put their cage near my desk where I study and use my pc (I put them so they see my profile), so they're aleady pretty used to having me around. In fact they're often observing me with some interest They only panick (naturally) when I open their cage.
    I do realise this will all take quite some time, but I can be pretty patient when I need to be
    I'll keep you posted about the progress...
    Thanks again for all the info!
    Ester

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    Re: rescue budgie

    You sound like a very good bird owner and I'm sure that in no time, they will be out and about enjoying their new life. The food thing is frustrating because you can put out food daily and diligently for 6 months with no signs of interest. But don't give up! You will find a favorite. Good luck and I hope they start realizing you are great for them!

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    Re: rescue budgie

    Thank you! I'm just a beginner, but I really want to get it right... I think all animals deserve the best treatment possible. No luck with the food yet, but I will keep trying. It's a bit of a challenge, which is nice... Such a reward when they do come around
    I was really happy actually as today was the first day they didn't panick when I opened the cage to take out and clean their food and water dishes... They just moved a little on their perch but no flapping about
    Thanks again for all the advice!

    Bye for now!
    Ester

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