Hi, Anne Marie and Wiki, I was hoping for you to stop by.
We have a mosquito net for a round picnic table that hangs over our bed. We put a sheet over the bed spread and put our young budgies or recovering adults
inside the net with one or 2 people to work on perfecting flight or if handicapped to exercise their wings while holding your finger or a perch. We practice there before a budgie is allowed to fly in the walk in flights. do the exercise Anne Marie suggestedand let your budgie flap wings as much as he desires. This will help him to develop chest muscles needed to sustain flight.
If your bird is chubby this may be holding him back. When young chicks start weaning their bodies start to elongate abd they loose baby fat so that with practice their little chest muscle support the lift needed to take off. We actually have a little American budgie called Tweedle, who has never been able to reach full flight, We let his wings grow and all of our birds are free flight . But just like it is much easier to learn to ride a bike as a young child so is there a time when budgies need to learn to fly and if that time is missed they may not ever master the skill, Just like it is so much harder for adults to learn to ride bikes. Tweedle is a wonderful glider and he can climb the wires like a pirate at sea. He is the only budgie in our flights right now who is a little slow because he has adapted wonderfully. We have two very old flight less hens that are happy to climb and preen each other in a smaller indoor flight. I let them stretch wings while flapping and holding on to my finger. It would be good for you to get a little bonding hand time with your bird so he can trust you to let him fly in place on your hand. It is lots of fun to get your bird singing and dancing on your fingers and flapping for the joy of it and doing it with you. Blessings, Jo Ann