(Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA)
We bought a parakeet about 3 weeks ago, and she doesn't seem happy. She doesn't chirp often (she will a little bit if I play clips of other parakeets chirping), play with her toys, or eat her honey-treat.
She's still fairly skittish, though she will often perch on a finger. I took her out of her cage once, and she made clear she didn't like it. Her cage is labled, "Small-Med. Birds. The perfect home for parakeets, finches, etc." So, I am hoping that would indicate it's not too small.
She has a ladder, two toys, a cuddle bone and a treat. I keep the cage clean and change the food and water daily. I keep her right beside me, on the bookshelf next to my computer (where I work all day.) I talk to her, sing to her, whistle to her... The bird store owner very specifically told us to not buy her a mirror or a companion if we wanted her to bond with us.
She seems so down, it breaks my heart. What can I do to make her happy? Is she still settling in, 3 weeks later?
Thank you for your insight. ~Andrea~