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Old 04-25-2017, 09:21 AM
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I have two budgies that I just bought a few days ago, one I bought two days earlier than the other. I found out when going to the pet store eventhough they are pretty young my first one named sunshine is a male so when I came to buy a second one I asked to get a female which I named bluemoon.

The first two days sunshine was quiet but active and was very step up and hand held friendly even outside of the cage, he even ate and still eats from the hand. When I got bluemoon he got very excited and started doing almost everything with her. They chirp or screech happily at each other, when I let one out of the cage the other one follows within seconds.If I don't let the second one get out or put one back in the cage they will screech and chirp at each other and the one outside of the cage will fly down to on top of the cage awaiting the other one to come out or to be put together inside the cage. They fly all over their room together chirping and screeching at each other to follow and always landing right next to each other.
If they can't see each other they will chirp to find out where the other one is. Their ceres aren't even a fully matured color and they already groom and lightly peck each other, sunshine even jumped and stayed on top of bluemoon for a few seconds :-/.

When I have sunshine step up in my finger inside the cage, he stays on and even still eats from my hand, when outside of the cage, he comes on for a few seconds then flies right back to bluemoon.BUT when bluemoon is inside of the cage, she steps up on my finger but doesn't eat from my hand and jumps off my hand almost immediately, when outside of the cage she flies away from me if I even try to get near her with my hand. When I catch them both and let them off on my finger together they stay on for a decent amount of time since they see each other. Note, their wings are not clipped.

How can I get them to stay on my hand? How can I gain their complete trust without them always flying off to be with each other? How can I get bluemoon to eat from my hand?

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Old 04-25-2017, 01:07 PM
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I would advise give it more time before getting really hands-on. While stepping up is a sign of trust, it doesn't necessarily mean they want to. Learn your budgies more, take the taming process in steps, and just take it from there. I hope this advice might help, even in the slightest.
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A new budgie is often terrified in a new home and may step up and act more passively than it normally would as it it terrified.

You should be completely hands off for two weeks.

Please take the time to look trough the forum stickies. I suggest looking through the threads in this sections Taming and Bonding - Talk Budgies Forums while you allow your birds the time to settle down.
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Hi there

I agree with Therm.

To begin, you are starting way too fast for your little ones! They are overwhelmed and stressed right now from all the unfamiliar changes in their lives and you need to give them time to settle in.

It's definitely too soon to be touching him or sticking your hands in the cage at all! Budgies can be very submissive initially, because they are terrified in their new environment. Give them at least two weeks to settle in without trying to touch them or stick your hands in the cage, and during this time, spend lots of time talking to them, reading to them, etc. so they can acclimate to your presence. After the two weeks, you can put your hand in the cage, as far away from them as you can, and let him get used to it without moving closer. Once they proceeds with their normal activities with your hand in that position, you can progress to moving it a little closer and waiting for them to be comfortable there, etc.

It's important to always work at your budgie's pace! Soon they will be settling in in no time

Patience is key with budgies, so try not to get ahead of yourself
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Budgies are often submissive for the first few days simply because they are terrified.

Stop and think how you would feel if you were suddenly put into a whole new environment and there was a huge "giant" that wanted you to behave how he thought you should no matter how scared you were or how you felt at any given time.

Taming and bonding is all about TRUST. You have to respect the budgies and give them space as well.
Expecting them to act how you "want" them to is setting yourself up for disappointment. Taming is an on-going process that takes time and patience. You have to learn to enjoy each step of the way.

You can cover the top and three sides of the cage to help the budgie feel more secure. Playing music for him when you aren't around will be helpful as well. Budgies perceive no noise as meaning there may be danger.

Taming and Bonding is all about helping your budgie learn to trust you and it takes a great deal of time and patience on your part.
You should never grab your budgie or force him to be touched.
To bond with your budgie, you need to build his trust in you.
He will have to learn over time that you will not hurt him, grab him and try to force him to allow you to hold him.

To build your budgieís trust, sit by his cage and read, talk or sing quietly to him for a period of at least 10-15 minutes, 3 or 4 times day. After the 2nd or 3rd day, rest your hand on the outside of the cage when you talk to him so he'll learn that your hand is safe and will not hurt him .

After a week, rest your hand inside the cage when you talk.
Donít make sudden moves, donít try to touch him .
Let his get used to the idea that the hand is now in his safe place and not harming him .

After 2 weeks, begin moving your hand slowly toward your budgie. If he becomes agitated, stop moving your hand and just hold very still until he calms down. When he's comfortable with your hand near him , you can offer him a bit of millet or a few seeds. In a few more days, you can begin your taming and bonding sessions.

Always work at your budgie's pace.
Move slowly and talk reassuringly and calmly whenever you interact with him .

Most budgies once they pass the "baby" stage, do not like to be petted or touched.
If your budgie does like to be petted, you should only ever pet his head, neck or chest area.
Stroking a budgie's back and/or tail stimulates its breeding instinct. Bonding means allowing them to choose to be with you.
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You've been given some great advice above. I just wanted to add that you may want to have a look through the Budgie Sexing sticky to confirm your budgies genders. It is very common for pet store employees to mis-sex animals. Additionally if you do in fact have a male and female pair, or even two females, it would be wise to read through the When we don't want eggs sticky so you can take measures to ensure you don't end up with any egg surprises. Good luck with your new budgies!
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thank you for all the helpful information, advice and links.
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Hopefully you have found a solution to your problem. I'm closing the thread now.
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