I haven't been on the site for a while, considering how much has been going on in my life. I've posted before about my adventures with Hades and Persephone, and I have a bit of a question.
For a few weeks now, I've been taking the top off of their cage and opening the doors. For the most part, they'll sit in their cage chirping happily, but every once in a while they'll start flying and doing laps around the living room. I love it, although it scared my friend the first time she was over and they flew right over her head.
They're not fully tame, but I think they trust me enough to help them when they're in trouble. For example, one day I opened the cage but forgot to close the bedroom door. Hades chose that day to break his flying routine, and got stuck in my room, so I went in there. When I offered my finger, he willingly stepped up onto it and allowed me to carry him back to the cage.
My question is, should I be allowing them free flight most of the day since they're not fully tamed? I'm not too worried about Hades, but will Persephone follow his lead?
When allowing our pet birds out of cage time, it's best to have them in a room which has been bird proofed in order to minimize the chances of an accident.
For safety reasons, it would be best to not allow them full access to the kitchen and bathroom areas.
As to the time for them to have out of cage time, that would depend on your availability in terms of schedule. It's not advisable to let them have free reign of the house, even on the areas considered safe if no one is there to supervise the birds.
It would be best to set a scheduled time for them to be out of the cage, budgies respond well to routine, the time spent on the cage is equally important to the time out of the cage and it's important to keep a balance between the two in order to avoid issues when given too much "freedom".
RIP sweet Tito (Summer 2008 - January 17th 2013).
You are missed and never will be forgotten.