09-13-2017, 06:10 PM
How big is Vince's cage? Length x Width x Height
While it is easier to deal with a budgie that has learned to step up, you can allow untamed budgies to have out of cage time if you have a small bird-safe room you can use.
Cover all windows and doors. You can also tape sheets up around the room about 3 inches out from the walls to help cushion any impact when Vince flies toward the wall. Generally a budgie will fly into walls the first two or three times it is out of the cage until it learns the room's dimensions and how to turn sharply. After that, they can fly around easily without running into obstacles.
You can use positive reinforcement training to teach untamed budgies to go back in their cage.
I have untamed budgies that go back in their cage because I've used positive reinforcement training to teach them they will get a reward when they do so.
Initially, when I was ready for them to go back in the cage I would first dim the lights and pull down the shades in the room. If the radio or TV was on, I turned it off.
Then I would stand by their cage and ringing the bell on one of their toys while telling them, "It's time to go in your cage now!"
Once they went back into the cage, they were given a small bit of millet.
This method worked well and they now go in the cage when asked to do so without the lights being dimmed or the blinds lowered and the TV or radio can stay on.
Getting the millet reward is the best part of "going back home"