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Old 01-30-2018, 04:59 PM
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Hi guys,

I bought my budgie Charlie 3 years ago as a 12 week old baby. As expected he was shy and scared being moved into a new home, and I had thought over time this would subside and he would become comfortable in his home and with me.
It's been 3 years now and he is still scared of a lot of everyday things like me cleaning his cage, food and water. He never bites but he's still reluctant to step onto my finger, he will always fly off my hand and never stay. Over all he's a very happy budgie, especially when he's in his cage. He's very chatty and loves playing with his ball. I let him out every other day when I have the chance and he either sits on his cage with his ball or tries to get close to my canary who hates him but Charlie doesn't realize it. I've had to let them out separately in breeding season as my canary gets very territorial and tries to attack Charlie but he seems to think this behavior is the canary trying to play with him and will get excited.
Both birds are completely different. Nothing bothers my canary but Charlie is scared of everything. Is this scared behavior just apart of who he is, is it possible he could have some type of anxiety? I'd love to hear your suggestions on how to make him feel more comfortable with things in general.

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It is important that you move slowly and talk quietly and reassuringly to Charlie whenever you interact with him. Some budgies are particularly skittish around hands.
Not all budgies enjoy being handled but many love when you sit next to their cage and talk, read or sing to them.
I would recommend you simply spend time interacting with Charlie in that manner.
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Would Charlie being scared of me cleaning his cage be normal for a shy budgie? Do you think he might be the type of budgie that doesn't like direct human interaction? I feel bad that I cant play with him and be his "friend" but maybe that's what he prefers?
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It's possible that Charlie is a budgie that spooks easily.

How much time each day do you spend sitting next to Charlie's cage just reading out loud, singing or talking to him?

To get him to be more comfortable with you, spending 10-15 minutes three or four times a day doing so will help a lot.

After a week or so, 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 another week or so, rest your hand inside the cage when you talk.
Donít make sudden moves, donít try to touch him .
Let him 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 very slowly toward Charlie. 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 on your open palm.

Always work at your budgie's pace.
Move slowly and talk reassuringly and calmly whenever you interact with him.
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Samantha,

You have been given excellent advice. As FaeryBee says, talking reassuringly during any interaction, such as changing the food dishes or cleaning the cage, can help your bird feel more relaxed. Doing things at a consistent time and in a consistent way may also help Charlie to know what to expect. Consistency over time can help build trust too. Best of luck to you and Charlie!

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Thank you, I'll definitely give your suggestions a go.
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