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New budgie! Some questions

jh81

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If this is not allready the case, i would place the cage one side against a wall. parrots are prey animals, and it can help if they feel safe not having to watch their back.

If she is content sitting close to you, then you are already very far in the proces, i would stop doing everything else and give Tiki some time enjoying that before you start a new step. You have time, she is still young ;-) Let her enjoy your company from a distance for a while. Then in a few weeks i would slowly offer her millets (or whatever she likes most) through the bars. No hands in the cage untill she actually enjoys your hands. mak her love your hands because they bring the good stuff. Not because they are inside her home and she has no other place to get away to.

I would also remove some toys. Leave only 2 or 3 max. If she isnt liking them, she’s not gonna play with them, so its useless hanging them there anyway. Let her get used to 3 mall toys first. She will explore them if she feels she is safe inside her cage.

Yesterday i rescued 2 Pionus parrots. They are in a pretty bare cage against the wall. It has food, water, a swing and a wooden toy. Thats it. They never saw toys before, its already a stressful time, no need to add even more stress with all these unknown potential dangerous monsters inside their home. Remember, parrots are prey. So you should start thinking like a prey. To them you are still this humongous monster that invades their home and wants to eat them for breakfast! The bird does not know.

I can tell both Pi’s prefer the perch close to the wall, they can watch everything in the room without having to watch their backs too.

You came here asking for advice, that shows responsibility and care. You will do well! Dont force yourself, and dont force Tiki. Browse these forums. There are many great topics to fill your evenings the next so many months. Do this with Tiki close by, and you will both enjoy!
 

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. Now, my bird is trained to say hungry when she is hungry.
Does she actually say "hungry"? I'm impressed.
I only do this with her seed, she has greens and fruit all day.
Then this is different, you are not withholding food, only seeds. Provided she will eat greens and fruit, of course. I admit I do get upset when I hear people using withholding food as a method of training budgies. Budgies are not falcons and trust must be established before taming can start. No actual trust can be established by withholding food.
 
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@tiki07 have you taken her to the vet yet?
 

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It's a very complicated situation. I begged my mother for this pet for a long long time, months! She barely said yes, but she accepted it. Guess she's a little bit old fashion, but she said it's not her bird and she won't go, and I can't take the bird alone to the vet, I need help. It's also kinda cold rn where I live. So, no. But my mom managed to google some advice for her beak and she's now putting vaseline on it. Tiki definitely looks better now. I'll upload pics these days.
 

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If this is not allready the case, i would place the cage one side against a wall. parrots are prey animals, and it can help if they feel safe not having to watch their back.

If she is content sitting close to you, then you are already very far in the proces, i would stop doing everything else and give Tiki some time enjoying that before you start a new step. You have time, she is still young ;-) Let her enjoy your company from a distance for a while. Then in a few weeks i would slowly offer her millets (or whatever she likes most) through the bars. No hands in the cage untill she actually enjoys your hands. mak her love your hands because they bring the good stuff. Not because they are inside her home and she has no other place to get away to.

I would also remove some toys. Leave only 2 or 3 max. If she isnt liking them, she’s not gonna play with them, so its useless hanging them there anyway. Let her get used to 3 mall toys first. She will explore them if she feels she is safe inside her cage.

Yesterday i rescued 2 Pionus parrots. They are in a pretty bare cage against the wall. It has food, water, a swing and a wooden toy. Thats it. They never saw toys before, its already a stressful time, no need to add even more stress with all these unknown potential dangerous monsters inside their home. Remember, parrots are prey. So you should start thinking like a prey. To them you are still this humongous monster that invades their home and wants to eat them for breakfast! The bird does not know.

I can tell both Pi’s prefer the perch close to the wall, they can watch everything in the room without having to watch their backs too.

You came here asking for advice, that shows responsibility and care. You will do well! Dont force yourself, and dont force Tiki. Browse these forums. There are many great topics to fill your evenings the next so many months. Do this with Tiki close by, and you will both enjoy!
Thank you for your advice! Means a lot, still learning...
 

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Also, I changed her perch, bought one made of wood. She loves it. Tiki also loves baths, she always tries to take baths in her water container. We tried giving her a 'mini pool' but she didn't even touch it. She now flies on my pc and stuff, but nothing more. So distant... I'm not giving up, it just makes me a little sad from time to time.
 

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You will aways be learning! Even those that have parrots for years are still learning! Thats the magic about parrots :heart:
 

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I’m not too sure that Vaseline is a good option. Birds use their beaks to preen their feathers and the last thing you want is your birds feathers coated in Vaseline.
@Lady Jane @Ripshod is Vaseline ok or even helpful for scaly face mites? Is there something that can be done at home (that is vet recommended) considering this member is relying on a parent who won’t vet the bird?
 

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@tiki07 Andreea now I see your situation I really want to help Tiki. @Shezbug I don't think vaseline will help in this case, them mites need treating actively. It'll help with the symptoms but not the cause.
Andreea I'm going to assume you get pocket money so look on ebay or in your local pet store for Ivermectin in oil. For now just find a source you can afford and let us know. We'll explain how to use it. I'm not a vet and I don't normally reach out like this but your budgie needs treating.
 
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Not going to work well with a beak as she needs to breath & it can;t be 100% covered. I think they use something like it for chickens legs or feet but they don;t breath thru there legs.

Area is close to the eyes so have to be careful what medicine is used to treat it..

Can you do some chores to get some money & make your mom get some medical care for the bird? Sorry your bird has to suffer. Animals are a responsibility & you as a minor can only do what you can do...
 

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Mites can hide out inside the nostrils so vaseline can;t smother them.

Hopefully the parents can lend the child the money for the ointment.
 

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I get the 10mcg tubes which contain a full dose pre-measured. Just have to use the full tube straight onto the skin, easier than watching a single drop fall to make sure it gets to the skin.
 

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I get the 10mcg tubes which contain a full dose pre-measured. Just have to use the full tube straight onto the skin, easier than watching a single drop fall to make sure it gets to the skin.
I have not seen those but agree that would take all the guesswork out of it. It is an easy treatment to administer and ends the birds suffering quickly.
 

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Please be aware the mites can travel to a birds lungs and cause breathing problems. Vasoline is a petroleum product and not good for any part of a bird. Hope you get treatment for your bird.
 

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I wouldn't advise treating via the drinking water unless you know exactly how much the bird is drinking to get the dose right. Only someone experienced should do it that way.
This is the reason I won't normally get involved like this. Too many opinions and too much to go wrong.
 
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UPDATE ON TIKI POSTED! THANKS TO ALL OF YOU!
 
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