Hi, this is my first time posting. I have a parakeet (budgie) named Lemon that I got 5 years ago. I had given her food and water (obviously) and talked to her but she was extremely aggressive in the first couple years I got her, so I never really got around to taming her. Recently I decided to wear protective gloves (in order to combat my fear of being bit) and try to put my hand in her cage. (Side note: I know a lot of people say budgie bites don't hurt but Lemon's bites are really sharp) At first, she was scared of the glove and would bite it. However, as I went on, she warmed up to it and began stepping up onto my finger. Eventually, I worked up the courage to take off the glove. She continued to step up onto my finger and from there I began taming her. In a couple of weeks, I was able to take her out of her cage and she would sit on my shoulder. Recently, in the morning when I would go into the room her cage is in she would begin tweeting and scoot to the side of the cage that was near me. (Before I had started taming her, she would run away when I would come into the room by staying as far away from me as possible.) She would also tweet every time I left the room as if to say come back. Does the fact that Lemon now not run away when I look towards the cage but rather come near me show that she has warmed up to me? It may seem obvious but I initially thought that she was only coming because she wanted to be taken out. Thank you for reading this really long post.
This is great story and will give people hope that even after a long time untamed, it definitely is possible to establish a personal connection, with an older bird. They're all individuals. I'd continue to culture your relationship with Lemon.
As you’ve experienced, it takes a lot of time on a consistent basis, to earn the trust of a small wild prey animal such as a budgie. The fact that Lemon is no longer moving away from you, and moving toward you, says that she is more trusting of you now. Some individuals will eventually become tame and handleable over time, while others will forever show you their personal boundaries. Always respect the boundaries your budgie is showing you, and go at their pace.
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Lemon is definitely warming up to you and trusting you now. I'm sure that's a great feeling for you after all this time!
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Hi there! My bird Misty loved coming out of his cage from the first week we had him, but only because he didn't like the cage and loved the freedom - not because he wanted to be near us. He showed absolutely no interest in us, and wouldn't come near us inside the cage or out. But after about a year of continually trying to socialize him, he finally came around. He wanted to be with us and considered us his flock. At the same time, he also began to talk, even though we had been trying to teach him since the beginning. He is now two, and has reached the point where he wants to be with us every possible minute, and has become a lovable little pest who won't leave us alone. His vocabulary has grown considerably, and we no longer have to try to teach him new words. He picks them up himself.
Since budgies are a flock animal, if Lemon trusts you, she will want to be your flockmate. Trust is the real key for socializing Lemon. Be patient. It's in her nature to need companionship. Her approaching you is a great sign. Most friendly budgies love human faces, especially mouths. Talk to her a lot with your face right up to the cage (but out of nipping range), and perhaps she will not only want to be with you, but will also want to imitate your voice.