- Nov 9, 2022
- Alexandrine, Two tiels, english and standard budgies!
Hello all! This is my first post on here. I bought my alexandrine at around 8 months old. he is now 12-13 months. While calm on my shoulder and hands, when I go to have him step up he usually flaps his wings and looks startled (even with a very slow approach). He does step up, but sometimes he will “fly” away before he does so. He does this ESPECIALLY in his cage. Every time I take him out he flaps and then eventually flops to the bottom of the cage (breeders had his wings clipped :/). He’ll step up after that but only after we’ve done his routine of “freak out, flop down”. I’m also a bit concerned about the rate in which his primary flight feathers are growing back- is there an average amount of time this takes? I hate to see him flop so much. Vet said he looks great but I forgot to ask about his flight feathers. Any suggestions on what I should be doing differently about the step-up process, and encourage him not to flop down like that? Is this typical juvenile behavior?