Earl, our new budgie, has been adjusting fairly well to his new home. I think... I was concerned about the "sneezing", but I felt so much better when I realized his "sneezes" were: 1. Blowing Harrison's Mash out of his little nose. (We're switching to super fine slowly, he saw Twitter eating mash, though) 2. Trying to get cat fur off of his nose. I still scheduled a vet appointment, but they didn't think it was urgent - he has been living away from other birds, animals, etc., in a "clean room" for about a month. The sleeping also bothered me, until my husband pointed something out. Earl has been locked in a tiny cage for about a year, and an even tinier cage for a month before he came home. His wings have been trimmed a few times. For that year, his activity level has been nearly zero, zilch... nothing.
We've been taking Earl out of his cage, about 20 minutes at a time, 4-6 times a day. He gives kisses, runs across shoulders, runs on the window sill, hops/attempts to fly from the living room to the office, climbs the cat tree (floor to ceiling), hops on the shelves back down, and does "step up" like a madman (he thinks every time he sees a finger, he needs to "step up"... trying to pet him). When we put him back in the cage, the little guy nearly passes out. Last night, he didn't even crawl on his swing to sleep - he slept on his food dish. During the day, he takes a nap, chows down on his food, gets a drink... then begs to come back out. Forget toys, that cat tree rocks!! We've tried to take things slower, but when he's out - he wants to explore. The cat's crinkle tube freaked him out the first time, but now he loves running through it (http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...62274&lmdn=Cat). He NEVER talked before we got him... he was always the "quiet little blue 'keet". Now, he won't shut up.
OK, so we do have a little issue? My husband thinks he's sore, but I worry that it might be something else? He constantly stretches, and he was holding his wings strange this morning... like he had flown cross country or something. Overheating? Sore wings? Something worse? The vet appointment isn't for another week, so until then I'll probably worry about EVERYTHING.