Hi group, I want some advice on caring for a 4 week old budgie which I am having wednesday. Even though I am not new to budgies, have had 4 previous in the last 21 years (which is virtually all my life, bar for 5 years of it).
I have never owned a 4 week old budgie only ones which have been around 12-16 weeks old, and was wondering if they require any special looking after to train them and care for them at that age, or just care for them like my previous 4. Any advice is appreciated.
I am having this one, cause my previous one, who was about 10 months when we had him 10 months ago had to be put to sleep by a vet today, which was a hard decision to make as I tried medicine for him as he was wetting the cage, but on saturday he became poorly, and even though he tried to perk up, he hardly came up from the corner of the cage.
He was laying flat and I honestly thought he wouldn't make the night, he was up on his perch sunday morning, so I give him a try, but he did not get better and kept lying in the corner of cage on his stomach, I could not get a vet by me till monday, which I thought he would not sunday, let alone sunday night.
but he was still breathing, very shallow Monday morning and looked in pain, so I went to see the vet and they said he did not have long so we decided to have him put to sleep, which hurt me, though not as much as seeing him suffer all over the weekend, wondering if he is going to be alive in the morning.
Anyway any advice on a 4 week old budgie is appreciated. Thanks. Anthony
Hi group, I want some advice on caring for a 4 week old budgie which I am having wednesday. Even ... going to be alive in the morning. Anyway any advice on a 4 week old budgie is appreciated. Thanks. Anthony

There are two important things I'd like to say regarding your post:
1. It is so important for you to have learned from the loss of your birdthat time is the enemy when a bird shows any unusual symptoms, as yours did. You correctly recognized there was a problem but chose to attempt to medicate the bird on your own. The chances were good that an avian vet would have prescribed an effective drug in the appropriate quantity and frequency to have saved the bird's life.
2. I don't believe a budgie can wean in four weeks. I could be wrongbecause I have not raised this species, but it seems like a very short amount of time compared to other small birds I have raised. Do not take possession of an unweaned bird. When you receive your pet, it should be able to take all of it's nutrition on its own. Hand feeding should not be necessary and if it is weaned, it should be observed by the breeder for a cautionary period to be sure it is doing well. Sometimes, birds will regress when a big change, such as where it lives, occurs.

Be a wise pet owner, get off to a smart start and never dismiss changes in behavior, eating and drinking habits and the appearance of droppings. Any of those is your queue to run to the avian vet; not Monday morning or a week from yesterday . . . NOW!!!

Sincerely,
Joanne
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Hi group, I want some advice on caring for a 4 week old budgie which I am having wednesday. Even ... any special lookingafter to train them and care for them at that age, or just care for them like my

4 weeks is far too young to get the bird. It will not be weaned.Why did your other bird die? It might be bad husbandry or something infectious, in which case, it is not a good idea to bring another bird into your home.
previous 4. Any advice is appreciated. I am having this one, cause my previous one, who was about 10 months ... going to be alive in the morning. Anyway any advice on a 4 week old budgie is appreciated. Thanks. Anthony