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Old 09-13-2017, 08:38 AM
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Question When should Vince come out the cage?

Vince can sometimes seem as though she is trying to have a fly in her cage. She's not hand-tame yet (she eats seeds from my hand but doesn't yet stand on my hand or finger) but I'm wary it's been 3ish weeks and she has been in her cage the whole time.

Should she be hand-tame before I let her fly around the room? If not, is she okay to be in her cage only for this long? (it's a big cage but obviously not the size of a room!)

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Old 09-13-2017, 10:37 AM
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The first time out of the cage will always include bumps and falls, which would be much easier if they are hand tame so you can just scoop the little crazy's up! However I let my untame one's out with the tame ones and eventually (though only on their terms!) they will take themselves back into the cage. It is up to you, essentially! My advice is don't do it if you have anywhere to go within the next couple of hours, though
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Old 09-13-2017, 06:10 PM
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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"
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Faerybee has given you excellent advice that you should follow. Exercise patience, and proven, successful measures,
and all will be perfect in short time...
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