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Old 01-02-2017, 07:35 AM
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Today my budgie showed me that he wanted to get out of the cage while I was training him to step up. He kept staring at the open cage door and started calling and when I backed away a little he got closer to it and started looking out with a very interested way I noticed he was hesitating to fly off but I didn't let him. My budgie isn't tame yet, he knows only to eat from my hand and to step up only if I push my finger into his chest. He's not scared of me but doesn't trust me yet and can freak out soemtimes so I don't know if it would be a good idea to give a time out yet. But he has a very narrow temporary cage, it would be good for him to fly a bit. What do you think?

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Old 01-02-2017, 07:59 AM
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When I first got Reggie I let him out all of the time for exercise even though he wasn't tame and I was still able to tame him with out of cage time


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How do you do to get him back in the cage if he doesn't do it by himself?
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If you want to allow him out the of cage before he's learned to step up, you need to have a small bird-proofed room to use for the out-of-cage time.

I have untamed budgies that go back in their cage because I've used positive reinforcement training to teach them they will get a reward when they do so.

Initially, when I was ready for them to go back in the cage I would first dim the lights and pull down the shades in the room. If the radio or TV was on, I turned it off.

Then I would stand by their cage and ringing the bell on one of their toys while telling them, "It's time to go in your cage now!"

Once they went back into the cage, they were given a small bit of millet.

This method worked well and they now go in the cage when asked to do so without the lights being dimmed or the blinds lowered and the TV or radio can stay on.

Getting the reward is the best part of "going back home"
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My way of doing this by getting him to go back in his cage was letting him know where his food was and where his water was. He watched closely to know exactly where his water and food were and then when he needed them he went back into his cage. I also taught him a bedtime routine by turning down the lights and gently picking him up and putting him in the cage. He learnt that when the lights go down it's time for bed. Budgies are smart and learn routine.


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Great idea, Faerybee! I never thought to create a rewarding routine to get them back into the cage. I'll have to start, especially since I have 6 budgies now.
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Thanks to Deborah's suggestions, I also have untamed budgies who have learned to go home when time. Some take a little longer to work their way back to their cage than others. The first couple of times things can get a bit frenetic, but they seem to learn their way around pretty quickly.

Be sure to use the out of cage time for training as well. My experience with my foster budgies has been that some learn very quickly while out, others do better learning while in their cages.
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My budgie was fairly adept at stepping up so this may or may not work for you, but I had success in using a very long dowel perch ( 2 1/2 feet long) & sometimes I would get my bird to step on to the very long dowel and put him back into his cage add he was less likely to fly off of that. We still use this sometimes if he doesn't want to go back in. It might take 3 or 4 tries.

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Hi Daeva
Here's a link to a sticky:
https://talkbudgies.com/taming-bondin...heir-cage.html

As others have said, you'll need to birdproof the room as much as possible covering windows & mirrors, think about things they might nibble and furniture they could get trapped behind and have a reshuffle to try to minimise these (some people have found bathrooms easier to use).

I have two budgies with a similar level of tameness as yours and a canary that I let out of their cages (canary separately). I have a little sign that I'll hang on the outside of the room door to warn other family & usually take my phone & iPad in with me, close the blinds, put the light on, put the TV on low for a bit of background noise, open all doors of their cage and leave them to decide whether they want to come out or not. My budgies are only just starting to enjoy out of cage time, so don't be disheartened if he flies around in a panic at first and can't seem to find his way home, he'll get there eventually - extra perches outside the doors will help, just make sure you have a good amount of free time the first few times you let him out. If or when he's enjoying time outside, then Faery's positive reinforcement will help you control things a bit more.
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Thank you all for you help, I'll keep your advices in mind when I'll let him out. I decided to wait a bit but not long, I'll do it as soon as I have a lot of free time for this first time.
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