I got a female parakeet last night. She's surprisingly tame already.

I know she is still adjusting to her new cage, but I have yet to see her eat. Of course, this doesn't mean she hasn't but I'd like to make sure I have proper dishes.
For food I have this (using the vertical bar one, but also have the large): http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod display.cfm?pcatid=6227&N=2003+2012

For water I have this (I also laid out a standard cup feeder full of water just in case):
http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod display.cfm?pcatid=6227&N=2003+2012

I prefer these kinds of feeders so I can more easily monitor how much food is remaining and not worry about discarded food mixing in with the new.

I have a cuttle bone in there as well as 2 toys that hang, one being wood/rope and the other a metal wire ball that can hold treats.

She just doesnt seem to move around much. How long would you say the adjustment period is?
Thanks!
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My budgie has the same dishes. Some just take longer to get comfortable than others. The adjustment period can last for a couple of weeks. I had one bird that didn't make a sound for over two weeks.

My experience with budgies is that she will just sit there until she gets more adjusted to the environment. She's a little bird in a big, big space.
If you're worried about her eating, is there some way you can place some millet within her reach without scaring her (i.e. putting your hand in the cage at this point). Sometimes they will eat millet when they won't touch seed.
Make sure there is a variety of food around the cage: seed, pellets, even a celery leaf or some other type of green. Do you know what she was weaned on?
Linda
Make sure there is a variety of food around the cage: seed, pellets, even a celery leaf or some other type of green. Do you know what she was weaned on? Linda

I have no idea. I got her at Petsmart. Sometimes I'm leary about pet stores but they seemed to all be in good health and the people were very knowledgeable. The girl who helped me even showed me how to clip the wings.

I suppose I could ask them.
I did notice her eating last night so I'm not as concerned. I hope she uses the water bottle, which I haven't seen, although I know in the pet store they had a larger version of what I have. My finches drink a TON of water, maybe parakeets dont need as much?
Make sure there is a variety of food around the ... green. Do you know what she was weaned on? Linda

I have no idea. I got her at Petsmart. Sometimes I'm leary about pet stores but they seemed to all ... a larger version of what I have. My finches drink a TON of water, maybe parakeets dont need as much?

This is probably one of the most common questions asked here. Over the years I don't know how many times this same question is asked by a new bird owner worried about the new joy in their life .
Even hand fed tame birds that are all over you in the store will often act just like this when you get them home. It's a big change. They soon get comfortable and start acting normal. If you are not sure about the water bottle offer some in a dish now and then for a few minutes. If the bird is thirsty it will go to the water right away.
Have fun! They are great pets.

A conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking.
I did notice her eating last night so I'm not as concerned. I hope she uses the water bottle, which ... a larger version of what I have. My finches drink a TON of water, maybe parakeets dont need as much?

Parakeets definitely don't need as much water. I use the "test tube" water feeders for my 2 finches and 2 parakeets. I change the water in the budgie cage every other day just to freshen it. Sometimes it looks as though none is gone! The finches get 2 tubes of water changed every single day, and they're both close to empty! Becky
Well, it is depend the kind of parakeet. I understand you are talking about budgies.
Maybe if you change the water more frequently the water will look more appealing to them and they will start to drink more

Paulo
Well, it is depend the kind of parakeet. I understand you are talking about budgies. Maybe if you change the water more frequently the water will look more appealing to them and they will start to drink more

I've had my budgies for 7 years. They're happy with the water they get, but thanks anyway. Emotion: wink
Becky
I did notice her eating last night so I'm not ... a TON of water, maybe parakeets dont need as much?

Parakeets definitely don't need as much water. I use the "test tube" water feeders for my 2 finches and ... is gone! The finches get 2 tubes of water changed every single day, and they're both close to empty! Becky

All birds should be given fresh drinking water EVERY day.
Parakeets definitely don't need as much water. I use ... every single day, and they're both close to empty! Becky

All birds should be given fresh drinking water EVERY day.

Why? In the tube feeders, there is no contamination of the water. It's not placed under any perches where droppings will fall, and the birds can't/don't bathe in it. It gets filtered, cold water placed in it every other morning. It's been that way for 7 years with no problem, and my birds are healthy, happy and active. Becky
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