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About lisa53stlucia

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  1. Thank you for the responses. Of course its Sunday now so the vet not open, but I will call tomorrow about the brown staining around his cere and find out what treatment this requires. We have only had him 3 weeks and have not yet taken him out of the house - if we do take him to the vet what method of transport does anyone reccommend? he arrived in a little cardboard box.. is it more soothing for them to be transported (a short distance) in that where its dark, or in a cage? Regards Lisa
  2. great tip about removing the ladder... I'd not thought of that, thanks! I think I know what you are thinking about having a picture, to see if the bird is male/female?? I did ask for a male when we bought him.....I have attached a picture... I was assured when I bought him he was a boy, but am unsure still if he really is as his cere is an ambiguous colour, I have read that in young birds the cere changes colour? is there another way to tell if its a boy or girl that someone like me can use??Also I you can see in the picture, he has kind of brown "stains" above is cere.... is this okay? or an
  3. Hello me again! I posted an update around a week ago and thought I'd send another post today. Birdie Num Num seems to be settling in a little now, no more pacing.... although the majority of his attention in the day is still focused on yelling out to all the passing birds outside. As we live in a leafy suburb of brisbane thats quite often. Not yet interested in any greens/veges from the kitchen but has a good nibble on Bottlebrush etc that I bring in from the garden! Is this enough greens for him? Hes also started to enjoy eating our turkish rug when hes out, is there any way to prev
  4. Hello there - an update... I changed the perches around and he does get a flutter around inside the cage now. i also make sure he has leafy branches hanging in the cage, he like to climb and dangle from them. Still pacing, and goes berserko during the day yelling out to all the birds he hears outside when hes not pacing, he likes to divide his day up doing these 2 things... Only eaten 1 leafy green, beetroot leaves, but saying that he was nibbling on the bottlebrush leaves on the branch today. He'll hop on and off my hand in the cage... then he gets bored of that and tries to nip my ha
  5. thanks for that - now if only he would eat millet or play with a toy so i could use those!! only eats his seed so far, i will put some of that on my fingers next time thanks
  6. our new budgie (had him 6 days) has started to go for my hand for a nip when i move it close to him in the cage, which he didn't do before.... maybe hes crankier than usual today! as he is new i am assuming he is maybe nipping out of fear so i shouldn't try the method talked about above? thanks
  7. thanks for all the feedback, i'll change the perches around tomorrow. . hopefully that will make life better for the boy. we have and are continuing to let him out daily so he won't be in there all the time. we are persevering with making him our friend, hes still not overjoyed to be handled, its only been a few days though so hopefuly with time and patience he'll realise we're harmless! again, any tips you are generous enough to share will be gratefully received, by us all! thanks lisa
  8. hope this comes through okayanother budgie person i talked to says we should handle him every day from now - like sit in the (empty) bath with him so he can't dash away and talk to him.... any comments on this
  9. update: hes still pacing... its very odd... hes either pacing frantically or sitting peacefully on a perch in his cage.... or burrowing madly in his seed dish! yesterday a few times we let him out of the cage just to break the pacing behaiour.... he looks around the room a little, trying to fly (clipped wings), sits under the table a while then heads back to his cage. we covered more of his cage as suggested but that didnt seem to soothe him his pacing circuit was just made shorter as he paced back and forth in front of the uncovered part of the cage! he also has a little circuit of
  10. thanks so much for that catherine. its weird as half of the time he is sitting on a perch, seeming quite relaxed, then suddenly he acts all stressed for a while, then back to sitting quietly... i have the rear of the (rectangular) cage covered with a cloth in daytime hours, i will move the cloth so it also covers 1 of the sides during the day also. hes eating plenty of seed but not interested in the millet or fresh veg (so far, apple broccoli and carrot) that we've offered, i leave the veg wedged in the bars near his seed for a couple of hours then remove it. hes okay when my hand is in th
  11. Hello there, I read this post with great interest as we brought home our first budgie on Friday! He is a young bird, and after a day of barely moving a muscle, he has now progressed to doing the same - agitated "pacing" of the bottom of his cage, wedging himself in between his food and water bowls and the side of the cage and pecking at the bowls, and kicking all his seed out. Its distressing for us to see him doing this and I was wondering if anyone has any advice to help reassure the bird. Thank you thank you! Lisa