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Old 08-01-2017, 04:35 PM
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As far as the relationship I've built without them so far, Peregrine (M) is definitely friendly, though he still seems anxious at times. He's never bit me, he actually talks to me sometimes, even gives me gentle nibbles and won't get off my finger. Candy (F) is definitely more cautious and withdrawn and has bit a few times, and only comes to me when she wants out of the cage.

So I guess the question is...are there any special instructions for taming a pair? I've had them about four days BTW.

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Since they're still so new, you actually should leave them in their cage for two weeks without trying to touch them

This is so they can get settled into their new environment; many budgies are submissive because they are scared.

During this time, spend lots of time with them, reading to them, talking to them, and spending time near their cage, so that they learn to trust you. After that, you can start slowly introducing them to your hand. If Peregrine takes to your hand faster, Candy may follow his lead more.

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Uh oh I haven't done any serious psychological damage to them have I?
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No, you haven't done any serious psychological damage to them. They will be just fine.

Budgies are often submissive when you first bring them home.
It's best to allow them a good two weeks to settle into their new environment.

To bond with your birds, you need to build their trust in you.
They will have to learn over time that you will not hurt them.

To build your birdsí trust, sit by their cage and read, talk or sing quietly to them for a period of at least 10-15 minutes, 3 or 4 times day. After about a week, rest your hand on the outside of the cage when you talk to them so they will learn that your hand is safe and will not hurt them.

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

After 2 weeks, begin moving your hand slowly toward your bird. If they become agitated, stop moving your hand and just hold very still until they calm down. When they are comfortable with your hand near them, you can offer them a bit of millet or a few seeds.

Always work at your birdsí pace.
Move slowly and talk reassuringly and calmly to their whenever you interact with them.
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That's a plus! Thank you. Seems that I've otherwise been doing things to a tee. I appreciate it y'all.
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