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Old 09-04-2018, 08:08 PM
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I have a new budgie who is approx 5 weeks old. In the included video, does he/she seem intimidated? I have had the Bird for 2 days now.

https://youtu.be/F5WAb8cVaHw

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Old 09-04-2018, 08:14 PM
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Yes, you are intimidating your budgie. She isn't at all ready for you to be interacting with her the way you are trying to in the video at this point in time.
You need to leave your budgie alone for at least two weeks.
Do not take her out of her cage during that time period. Let her get used to her new home.
You can sit by her cage and sing, talk and read to her often during that two week period.

Taming and Bonding is all about helping your budgie learn to trust you and it takes a great deal of time and patience on your part.
You should never grab your budgie or force her to be touched.
To bond with your budgie, you need to build her trust in you.
She will have to learn over time that you will not hurt her, grab her and try to force her to allow you to hold her.

To build your budgie’s trust, sit by her cage and read, talk or sing quietly to her for a period of at least 10-15 minutes, 3 or 4 times day. After the 2nd or 3rd day, rest your hand on the outside of the cage when you talk to her so she'll learn that your hand is safe and will not hurt her.

After a week, rest your hand inside the cage when you talk.
Don’t make sudden moves, don’t try to touch her.
Let her get used to the idea that the hand is now in her safe place and not harming her.

After 2 weeks, begin moving your hand slowly toward your budgie. If she becomes agitated, stop moving your hand and just hold very still until she calms down. When she's comfortable with your hand near her, you can offer her a bit of millet or a few seeds. In a few more days, you can begin your taming and bonding sessions.

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Hi there and to the forums!

Skittles is adorable, but she is not ready to be interacting with you in that way yet. FaeryBee has given you excellent advice on helping her gain your trust.

It will take time and patience, but ultimately will be worth it as she will trust you of her own accord, and your bond will be all the stronger.

Meanwhile, be sure to read through the links provided above to stay updated on all aspects of the best of budgie care! If you have questions after reading through everything, be sure to ask as we'd love to help

Hope to see you and Skittles around the forums!
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Old 09-05-2018, 02:41 AM
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Hi Guys!

My new budgie "Skittles" is 5 or 6 weeks old. I made the mistake of handling him/her earlier than recommended. I have included a video of how Skittles interacts with me and was wondering what I should do now in regards to proper care of my precious new Bird! Thank you for all your recommendations!

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Here is the link to the video:

https://youtu.be/FFh2z6nuyN0

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Old 09-05-2018, 04:29 AM
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Hi Googie

Is Skittles 5/6 weeks old, or you have had him for 5/6 weeks?
Skittles looks very cute but 5/6 weeks is very young, birds are usually only rehomed from 8 weeks of age.

What struck me most about the video was how quiet the room was.
Iím not sure if this is the norm or just for the purpose of your video clip, but silence in the bird world means danger (creatures happily chirping away then a potential predator approaches and everyone goes silent and guarded, ready to flee).
The atmosphere would appear so much more relaxed (& safe) if a radio/TV was playing quietly in the background. As well as that, try to calmly talk as soon as youíre about to get up and move, and keep up a more or less constant chat as you approach Skittles - Can be any old nonsense, your plans for the day, song lyrics, news story, just something to gently announce your presence and make you appear less threatening (I appreciate that you may feel awkward to do that on video though).

Whilst Skittles complied with stepping up and off, he did shuffle away initially. Birds can often appear tame initially out of submission due to fear.
For now, I would just concentrate on chatting to him, spending as much time around the cage and in that room as possible and then progress towards leaving your hand in and beside the cage, encouraging Skittles to come to investigate you.
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I've merged your two threads into one.

You already asked in your previous thread if you are intimidating Skittles.
In that thread you were advised that Skittles needs time to settle into her new home.

Our purpose is to promote "best practices" in the care of budgies.

Please go back and read the advice you've were given previously which clearly explains how you should be proceeding at this time.

I'm glad you want to be a good and responsible pet owner for your budgie's health and well-being.

Best wishes
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Good advice given here. Best wishes for Skittles. Remember that birds are prey animals with strong instincts, and they need a good amount of time to settle in, then lots of consistency to become handleable. Some budgies are more inclined than others to become handleable. Keep in mind not all budgies will want to accept this, and it’s important not to force them to .
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You been given great advice in regards to taming. I just wanted to ask, what are the dimensions of your cage? It looks very small.

30 x 18 x 18 inches is the recommended minimum for 1 - 2 budgies.
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