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Old 01-20-2017, 01:17 AM
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My budgie, Jaeha, has been out of the cage multiple times.
My birds' are placed in the living room but when I take them out, I place them in my bedroom on top of my drawers and next to a wardrobe (the top of the wardrobe is only about 3cm higher than the top of my birds' cage's top). On top of the wardrobe is a playground and some branches. I do have branches around the room for landing spots).
Jaeha is very tamed and can step up on finger, can stay on your finger or arm for awhile and flies to you.... but this is all when she is still in the cage.
When i take her out of the cage and she climbs towards the top of the cage, she just spends her time there. She does play with her small toys which are placed on top but most of the time, she just perches there quietly.
She walks away when my hands are near her and she doesn't step up, whereas when i put her in the cage, she "turns" into a different bird right away and then steps up on the finger and flies to you etc.
I do think that she does find the cage her safe spot and is still possibly afraid of my bedroom?
I do take her out of the cage to mostly fly around but she doesn't fly. She only flies around if something scares and surprises her badly (only about a lap or a lap and a half of the room and then she lands).

What could I do to encourage her to move around more, be less scared when out of the cage and to fly?

Whenever I take Jaeha out, I have tried to place her on the weighing scales (its a small sized one, placed on top of the wardrobe) and out of all the times I've gotten her out, today was the first she actually stood on the scales. She stood on the scales around 6 times for at least 5 seconds (i lured her with millet and had her perch on a small branch and placed her on the scales quickly ) but as soon as she jumps off the branch or when i place her down, she quickly goes off from the scales to the cage top- its hard to have her to stay still and see how much she weighs- i also don't want to catch her and place her into a box or something to weigh.).

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Old 01-20-2017, 04:11 AM
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It's normal for budgies to be cautious when coming out of their cage, as you said, the cage is their safe spot. Do your budgies all come out together? Having her buddies around may help. Also does your cage have a flat top? Because then you could put your play ground on there for her to play with. It's really just going to take time for her to get used to being out of the cage, you can't force it. Just keep giving her out of cage time and she'll gradually become more comfortable and want to fly around.

As for weighing her, a good trick is to get two paper towel rolls and stand them up on their ends like two towers, then tape a perch to them to make a little stand. You can place this on your scales then set them to zero and then put your bird on the perch. She'll probably feel more comfortable being on an actual perch. And a bit of bribery with millet always helps

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It's normal for budgies to be cautious when coming out of their cage, as you said, the cage is their safe spot. Do your budgies all come out together? Having her buddies around may help. Also does your cage have a flat top? Because then you could put your play ground on there for her to play with. It's really just going to take time for her to get used to being out of the cage, you can't force it. Just keep giving her out of cage time and she'll gradually become more comfortable and want to fly around.

As for weighing her, a good trick is to get two toilet paper roles and stand them up on their ends like two towers, then tape a perch to them to make a little stand. You can place this on your scales then set them to zero and then put your bird on the perch. She'll probably feel more comfortable being on an actual perch. And a bit of bribery with millet always helps
I only have one budgie out and one budgie still in the cage (I'm still taming her). My parents keep insisting to also get my other bird out but I still haven't gotten her out as I'm afraid we'd go back a few steps in taming process and how we may have to catch her when getting her back.
Since I have two budgies, one has been out while the other hasn't, would it be possible for the two of them to stick and follow each other?

My cage does have a flat top. I'll do that! Thank you.
Ah I just remembered. I have been collecting toilet paper rolls to do a stand for them but I have completely forgot! Oops hehehe. I'll make sure to do that the next time I get her out! (Possibly tomorrow)!
Thank you so much for your helpful answer! It has helped a lot.
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Hi there,

I agree that it's perfectly normal for her to be wary of your bedroom!

I think that the fact that every time she comes out you try and weigh her might contribute to her fear As long as she's eating well and not ill, you don't need to worry about weighing her often, especially since she's not tame yet. Giving her time to just explore things at her own pace, even if she just wants to stay in one place, is best

Putting a playground on top of the cage, or even just a few perches on the outside of the cage so she has a place to sit near her "safe spot" can help her to explore, as can putting some exciting toys and millet out for her to check out on her own.

Also, it's fine to let Yuki out with her--they're already friends, right? Yuki may help her to get more comfortable with the outdoors, and it shouldn't be too hard to get them back in. Generally, they either go in at once together or you only have to get one inside when the other's already in

Although toilet paper rolls seem perfect for budgie toys, it's best to use paper towel rolls for those purposes as the toilet rolls have been in contact with the bathroom and may be contaminated with unsafe germs.

Best of luck! Jaeha will soon feel more comfortable in her environment, I'm sure.
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Old 01-21-2017, 12:57 AM
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Hi there,

I agree that it's perfectly normal for her to be wary of your bedroom!

I think that the fact that every time she comes out you try and weigh her might contribute to her fear As long as she's eating well and not ill, you don't need to worry about weighing her often, especially since she's not tame yet. Giving her time to just explore things at her own pace, even if she just wants to stay in one place, is best

Putting a playground on top of the cage, or even just a few perches on the outside of the cage so she has a place to sit near her "safe spot" can help her to explore, as can putting some exciting toys and millet out for her to check out on her own.

Also, it's fine to let Yuki out with her--they're already friends, right? Yuki may help her to get more comfortable with the outdoors, and it shouldn't be too hard to get them back in. Generally, they either go in at once together or you only have to get one inside when the other's already in

Although toilet paper rolls seem perfect for budgie toys, it's best to use paper towel rolls for those purposes as the toilet rolls have been in contact with the bathroom and may be contaminated with unsafe germs.

Best of luck! Jaeha will soon feel more comfortable in her environment, I'm sure.
Ah I see I see.
Its just that I just want to make sure she's not too underweight or overweight (she does eat well though and her weight looks normal) so I just wanted to make sure. I'll make sure not to force her to do anything that she doesn't want to do or feel uncomfortable doing it.
She is very tamed (gives kisses and nibbles/plays/preens with hair and face) and flies to your arm/hand but its only when its in the cage. I guess she doesn't do these things outside of the cage as she still feels cautious. I'll continue to encourage her!

I'll make sure to do that. Thank you for the tips.

Yuuki and Jaeha are close friends.
I haven't gotten Yuuki out before as I was afraid about having to get her back in the cage, but hearing that it usually takes one to get the other works, I'll most definitely get her out soon. I'll work on taming Yuuki more in the meantime, and I'll let her explore and have some exercise in a few days with Jaeha.

Oh most definitely yes. I have also saved many paper towel rolls so I'll definitely use those. I've also seen people make toys out of it so maybe I'll try to make some too in the future. XD

Thank you so much!
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