Hello, I recently bought my first parakeet from a store, meet "Echo"
When I first brought Echo home and put him in his cage he was disorientated and confused, which was to be expected, he just sat on his perch for a couple of days, then all of a sudden he broke out of his trance and immediately had no problem stepping onto my hand to peck at some spray millet.
Just 4 days after I got him I felt it was time to let Echo out of his cage, it seemed like he trusted me and wanted to explore a little so I let him out and he wandered around on the floor for a few minutes before trying to climb back to his cage. It went really well.
The day after that I got back from work and Echo was really excited to see me, he jumped to the floor of his cage and ran back and forth asking to be let out and as I approached the cage he would climb on his door and hang there until I opened it and put my finger near him which he would grab with his beak and pull himself onto. This became a frequent ritual.
This behavior went on for a couple of days, he was extremely friendly and asking to be let out all the time but there was never any doubt that the cage was his home.
Then all of a sudden on a Saturday morning I let him out and he decided to explore, he found my patio windows and decided to hang out there for a few hours, I noticed him pecking and chirping at the window occasionally and eventually I realized it was his reflection he was socializing with.
I put him back in his cage where he stayed for an hour or so before being asked to be let out again, I let him out but not before closing the blinds. He immediately headed for the window and paced back and forth trying to find a way through the blinds but of course couldn't get through so he decided to go back to his cage.
Ever since then he has not been the same, he never wants to leave his cage, he never wants to socialize, if I ask him to "step up" now he will side step away along his perch, turn his back and try and bite me. The best he will willingly do is step onto my hand for spray millet but if i try and move him out of his cage while he's eating the spray millet he will immediately head back in.
This dramatic change in behavior is a huge concern to me, for the first 5 days of ownership he was perfect, extremely sociable and very playful. Now it feels like he wants nothing to do with me, almost like he's annoyed that I took away his friend in the window.
It has been exactly 2 weeks now since I brought him home.
This behavior is extremely upsetting, it has been 9 days since the incident and I will try absolutely anything to have him see me as a friend and like me again.
Has anyone got any suggestions for how I can bring him back round?