Found Parakeet

by Cindy

I posted a week ago about a parakeet that was found in the woods behind my house in central florida. He was very tame. I have taken him to an avian vet and he has gotten a clean bill of health.

My concern is that since I have taken him in he is not the tame little bird that I found. He will not let me take him out of his cage and if I open his door and he does come out on his own, he will not make up to me at all. He will get up on a stick so I am assuming he was stick trained, but if I try to put him on my shoulder or even back in his cage he will try to get away. He is very quiet normally, however, I notice when I put him outside on my porch or in my sunroom, he really perks up and starts vocalizing and really wanting out of his cage.

I know if his door was open he would fly right away. I am worried that maybe I didn't do the right thing in bringing him inside, that maybe he had been in the wild long enough that that is where he wants to be. Is it possible that he could survive outdoors? He just seems so depressed when I have him inside with us in his cage, he just sits. It is really sad. I just wish he would make up to me. I need some input.

I have only every had store bought birds that were happy in their cages. I have never found one outdoors so I just need some advice. If it is at all possible that he could survive, I would gladly set him free. I just need to know. Please help me help him. Thank you

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Apr 04, 2013
Building a relationship with a budgie
by: Tracie

The longer the bird is with you, and you continue to interact with it, the more likely you will become a part of his/her flock. :-)

Please read the articles on our Parrot Training page for help with training your bird. Some think of training only for teaching tricks, but working on training causes you to work on a relationship built on trust. Don't give up!

Also, budgies have the potential for learning a lot of words and phrases. They have such a tiny voice that many people don't even realize they are repeating words. They are sooo cute!!

Apr 04, 2013
Found Parakeet
by: Cindy

Thank you Alex for answering my questions about my new bird child. We have named him Rocky. Because of your answers, Rocky will continue to live out his life in our household as one of our own. If he never comes around to us, at least I will know that he lived a good life. Thank you once again.

Apr 04, 2013
found budgie
by: Alex

It is great that you rescued him and he got a clean bill of health.

DO NOT release him back outside, that would be handing hi an almost definite death sentence.

Think of it like this. You may see a cat outside and it is all lovely and wanting you to stroke it and tickle it behind the ears, but if you were to rehome it, the cat would be a little nervous after a bit as it is experiencing a whole lot of strange smells, sounds and visuals.

Just talk to him, sing to him. Some people tell the bird about their day or plans. the bird does not understand what you are saying, but gets to know your voice.

Just keep taming him and showing him that you love him, and he will eventually show you how much eh loves you back.

You have already done everything right.

I take it that the budgie is eating seeds. if s, continue for the time being as changing diets is stressful and the bird is already a bit stressed getting to know all the new surroundings.

Once the bird is tame and calm around you(however long it takes), you can then try and switch hi to 75-80% Harrison's or Roudybush pellets which are both organic and are not packed with sugar and preservatives.

Your bird will come round, so don't be disheartened. It doesn't mean he doesn't love you, he just needs to get used to you and the surroundings.

If you need any further help or advice, don't hesitate to get back in contact with us.

We are always happy to help those who really care for our feathered friends.

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