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I got my first bird a couple of days ago and have been trying to train it to step up. Currently he won't run from my hand or nip at it when it's near him. He will allow me to pet any part of his body except his head and and closes his eyes if I stroke his belly repeatedly. I can get him to step up onto a perch by barely tapping his belly. But if I try to do the same thing with my finger he nips when I try to make him step up and continues nipping until I pet him a few times. Any suggestions on how to train him to step up and how to keep him calm after?

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Budgies are often submissive for the first few days simply because they are terrified.
At this point, you should not be trying to touch or handle your budgie at all. He needs a minimum of two weeks to settle into his new environment.

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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Thanks, I didn't realize I was scaring him so bad, One of my friends recently got a budgie and it was eating, drinking, and playing first day and by the second he was perfectly comfortable being handled. I thought it would be the same for mine.
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I have tried your advice and he seems a little less nervous if I put my hand on the cage he looks at it then goes back to what he is doing is this good?
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I have tried your advice and he seems a little less nervous if I put my hand on the cage he looks at it then goes back to what he is doing is this good?
Yes, that is very good.
Be sure to talk, read or sing to him in a calm and reassuring voice when you are sitting with him.
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Hi there and to the forums!

You've been given great advice by FaeryBee. It's very important to take things slow with your little one to not scare him. All budgies are different, so while some budgies may settle in more easily than others, it's important to always start off very slowly to get to know your little one

Talking to him and reading to him is a great start, and putting your hand on or near the cage is great, too Keep up the good work! After a few weeks you can proceed with what FaeryBee has mentioned above.

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He is eating and preening himself which is something he's never done. I've put him next to my bed and whenever I wake up he's as close to me as possible I've also seen him move over to me as far as his cage will allow. He still isn't moving around and drinking as far as I am aware but I think he's making progress. I am expecting him to be ready to start training by Thursday.

Is hand feeding okay. If I have some millet in my palm he will eat it with a bit of fear. Do you think I should continue doing this, I feel it's helping him bond with me.

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Actually, by hand feeding so early, you are not letting him settle in enough. As mentioned above, you need to let him settle in for two whole weeks to ensure that he's adjusted to his new environment before trying to tame him. You can feed him millet through the bars and continue to talk to him, etc. to improve your bond, but do not put your hand in the cage for a while longer.
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Ok, Thanks

I have had my budgie for five days now and he will move to his food bowl to eat but he isn't drinking and i'm pretty sure he isn't sleeping either. He doesn't move around the cage at all otherwise. When he was at the pet store he wasn't moving but he was tweeting happily with the others, I'm wondering if he just likes to stay still or if there is something wrong.

I also forgot to mention the perches he is using are wood and the ones he isn't are plastic Does this have something to do with it.

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Five days is still a very short time to have your little one, he is still afraid of his surroundings, which is perfectly normal.

Wood perches probably feel better on his feet-- they are much better for him so as soon as you can, you should replace his perches with all natural wood of varying lengths and diameters (not dowels). This will keep his feet healthy!

He is drinking and sleeping, but both of those things put make budgies vulnerable to predator attack in the wild, so they will only sleep or drink (and often eat) in front of you when they are perfectly comfortable with their environments. This may not happen for another week or two, which is normal

He may not move at all for a few more days, also normal. Give him time to settle in
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