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Old 10-25-2018, 03:05 AM
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I had a similar experience with my first budgie. Every interaction, like changing food, felt as if I was traumatizing her. How I started making progress was determining how close I could stand to the cage without her being absolutely terrified (as in looking for an escape, moving away from my direction ect). In the beginning it was quite far. If she didn't retreat after a while of me standing the distance, I would take a step back as a reward. After a week, or when you think they're ready, take another step forward and repeat... Since your starting from scratch, maybe try to break down each of the steps you did before even further.