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Old 09-19-2017, 05:13 PM
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I'm in need for ideas of getting mine out of the cage willingly. He's seemed to caught on to my tricks and always jumps off before he's out the door. I'd like for him to want to leave his cage by himself but even if I leave treats outside the door he still doesn't move. Any advice?

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I would find a time when you don't have to be anywhere for a good few hours, open the cage and let him come out to explore in his own time. And once you've opened the cage, just go and do something in the room, ignore him completely while you watch the TV or something else (make sure you don't sit in silence as this might make him nervous).
The cage is his safe place so it's good to establish he can come out if he wants to.
I can often open my cage and none of the birds come out or they come out briefly for a short time and go back in.
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Old 09-19-2017, 09:07 PM
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I left his cage open for hours before but still haven't got anything. I decided to start moving his cage on my bed during the day so he can just walk out (He had a drop outside his cage before) and have the window view but still nothing.
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Hi Madison,

The cage is his "safe space", and it's perfectly normal for him not to want to leave. You shouldn't try to force him to come out or feel that it's absolutely essential that he comes out of his cage, and he certainly won't try it in a day.

You can leave the cage door open for him a few hours each day when you're there to supervise him, and put some perches on the outside of the cage by the door so he has a place to sit if he'd like to venture out, and put on some soft music in the background. Meanwhile, you should do an activity near his cage like computer work, reading, etc.

If you do this every day, eventually he'll see that the environment outside of his cage while the door is open is safe and inviting, and he may want to come out then. Whenever he does come out, though, it's going to have to be on his own.

You can also clip a treat, like leafy greens or a small sprig of millet to the perch outside his cage to entice him to come out, or put an interesting toy selection or a play gym near the cage.

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I agree with StarlingWings and Therm. As your budgie gets more comfortable venturing out of the cage, you can set up a play gym on top of the cage so he has something fun to do when he comes out.
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As the others have stated, it's a big scary world out there and for him to come out willingly, it'll take time.

Have a perch inside the cage, beside the door, attached just under the door so it's roughly at the bottom of the door height. Have another at the same point (as much as possible) just outside the door. So that you've got a way that he could walk along a perch inside, over the doorway and along a perch outside. It's less scary to shuffle along a perch than to take a leap of faith into the unknown.

Attach a treat (anything appealing to him - short piece millet, romaine lettuce, piece of balsa wood) to the door side of the inside perch with the door closed. Then with the door open. Then gradually day by day move it a little further out until he happily ventures out to 'the end of the plank'.
And as Therm and StarlingWings have said, have some background noise and just be busy elsewhere in the room.
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It took 8 months for Artoo to want to come out of her cage after I found her. Like everyone says, once they know that is their safe place, they may be reluctant to leave. I just made sure the downstairs was secure and left her cage open and she came out to explore when she was ready. I never tried to physically take her out, I just gave her the option and let her decide if and when.

Now when it's "playtime" and I open her cage door, I put what I call a "porch perch" on the outside for her to use if she's not exploring something else. Sometimes she just wants to come out and sit on that perch and sing.

Every budgie is different, but once you start to be able to sense their needs and what they like, it gets a little easier.
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