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Old 03-22-2017, 08:46 AM
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Hi Everyone,

We have had our little moonbeam for about a month now.

In that month we have gotten her comfortable with stepping up onto my daughters finger. Playing with toys in her cage, eating and drinking. We have been spoon feeding and hand feeding her treats which she loves and voluntarily jumps onto our hands for the treat.

However when we try to slowly bring her outside her cage she retreats to the upper corner of her cage and hangs off the side. We had her coming out of her cage before and now she seems to avoid it. There was never anything bad that happened outside her cage we typically would put her on a perch and let her do her own thing. I am not sure what to do now.

Any help or suggestions?

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Moonbeam sees her cage as her safe place and she obviously isn't trusting enough yet to feel comfortable venturing out into the big world outside her home.
Take things very slowly and allow her to make the decision with regard to when she's ready.

Setting up a little play area near Moonbeam's cage with a couple of favorite toys and a treat is a good way to start.
You can sit near the play area and play with the toys yourself to encourage her to explore it.

Take a look at these threads:

https://talkbudgies.com/taming-bondin...-training.html

https://talkbudgies.com/taming-bondin...-training.html

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Thank you for the response. I will talk to my daughter and ensure she keeps taking it slow.

So do we hang some toys on the outside of the cage and wait for her to come out and climb up on the outside?

Right now the cage is on a desk with the door facing outward so there isn't much room to put anything just outside the cage. We have a play structure with perches and stuff and we were getting her to come out and sit on that. Should I find a way to put that maybe beside the cage and start leaving the door open for her to come out and explore?

She is really good in the cage with my daughter. She jumps right up on her finger when she asks and she even moves close to her when she sits and reads. So I think things are going good. Just need advice on helping her get more comfortable with the big world outside her cage.
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You can place a perch on the outside of the cage next to the door. The bendable rope perches often work well for this.
Just be observant to ensure Moonbeam does not chew on the rope.

If the cage top is flat, you can place a playgym on top of the cage and remove it at night when you cover the cage.

The play-structure you mentioned can also be placed somewhere next to the desk the cage is sitting on.
Leaving the door to the cage open when you are right there supervising Moonbeam will allow her to make the decision with regard to whether or not she wishes to come out to explore.

It will take some time but with the added enticements and having the ability to make her own decision with regard to coming out or not will help her feel more confident.
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