Adopted the new budge-budge on August 7th! I've named her Raina because (a) it was a long rainy drive in driving rain (lol) to get her and (b) my mother passed away last week and her middle name was Lorraine.
[I really hope that Kariva can resolve her keetie situation, by the way; I couldn't adopt one of hers because I'd already made a commitment about Raina to the woman who runs this bird rescue.]
Raina looks like the bird on the right in Kirby&Yoshi's avatar! She's quite fancy-pants compared to Pudgie; I need to learn more about budgie genetics in order to understand her coloring & what it's called.
The big issue for many of us, I think, is whether to take an already traumatized bird straight to the vet, so the bird has one long & horrid day, or whether to let it settle down and then see the vet in a few days or weeks (but does that re-traumatize the bird?). In my case, having to go out of town for my mother's funeral answered the question for me, and Pudgie will see the vet this coming Saturday.
I don't know anything about her background. It seems to be a case of one person giving the bird to another person to give to this bird rescue woman, so she doesn't know specifically why the bird was not wanted or what her living conditions were like.
I must say, this rescue gal is NOT in it for the money and is apparently re-homing unwanted birds for pure reasons. She said Raina had been with her rescue service for two months and seems to be in good health. Not sure how old she is; she has irises and no stripes on her forehead.
Well, Raina has foot problems, as I noticed when she flew to the front of her cage in one of her many "freak outs." One rear toe is sideways, and there are slightly raw-looking spots on the soles of her feet -- not open wounds but more like sore callouses. She now has a comfy perch and I'm hoping that will help her (and of course we'll see what our vet recommends). I almost burst into hysterical sobbing when I saw the bottoms of her feet.
She had one brief bout of diarrhea at some point yesterday, but all poops have been normal other than that.
She is terrified of hands in her cage, but I have been doing several sessions per day of extending a bit of millet spray to her (clenched between two fingertips) and trying to gently and calmly get her used to a benevolent hand in the cage (a hand offering treats, mind you!). She has eaten some twice! Today she didn't freak out quite as much, and I saw her eating out of her food dish! Woot, woot! O Happy Day!
The other odd thing is that she kind of shakes/twitches and lifts her wings and squats down a bit, when she's nervous or excited. I can't tell if she's just a nervous wreck or if those are movements preparatory to flying (she just goes berserk if startled and flies from one side of the cage to another; it's a miracle she hasn't broken a wing).
Her plumage looks okay (but for the remainder of a blunt wing clipping), she grooms herself and does the quick fluff-up when she's done, her cere and eyes and beak look good, and she's very responsive to stimuli.
I will adhere to a 90-day quarantine unless our avian vet gives me the go-ahead to introduce Raina to Pudgie. In the meantime, they can hear each other's tweets, and are chirping back and forth much of the day! I am praying that Pudgie is telling her this is a good birdy home, not "Turn up your nose at pellets!"
I plan to re-read many posts by people who got a second bird (or third or fourth or...!) and/or adopted a birdy, and of course I'm anxious to hear what the vet thinks.
Meanwhile, if anyone has any thoughts about her feet or the twitchiness, I'm all ears! Thanks for listening!