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Old 01-23-2019, 12:57 PM
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Hello, We just rescued a pair of budgies from a friend of my mother-in-law who didn't want them any more. We're now the third owners of this pair. So far we've had them about 4 days, and they show no sign of wanting anything to do with us. I've even tried a peace offering of millet and they flee the other side of the cage.

So with that I've decided to stop for now and give them a bit more time to adjust to being with us. Any thoughts on how long we should wait?

I don't believe the previous owners did any training with them.

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This is going to take some time, especially considering there are two of them. They already know and feel comfortable with each other and past experience as shown them humans are not trustworthy.
Start by putting their cage in a room everyone spends the most time in against a wall or corner. Just hang out in there. Feed and water them, but just chill. Let them see you aren't interesting. After about a week or two (I would probably do two for these babies) sit closer to them and talk to them sometimes. Ask how they are doing and just random conversation. After about a week or two move on from there. THere's a stickie somewhere about this but my key point is this will take a long time.
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Welcome! This forum is the best place to get information for your new family members! The stickies should be your first stop and have lots of info on new birds and training. Give your birds at least 2 weeks to settle before trying to start any training or even hand introducing. I hope we can see some pictures of them soon!
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Play music or the TV for them when you are not around during the day.

To bond with your birds, you need to build their trust in you.
They will have to learn over time that you will not hurt them.

To build your birds’ trust, sit by their cage and read, talk or sing quietly to them for a period of at least 10-15 minutes, 3 or 4 times day.
After about a week, rest your hand on the outside of the cage when you talk to them so they will learn that your hand is safe and will not hurt them.

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

After 2 weeks, begin moving your hand slowly toward your bird. If they become agitated, stop moving your hand and just hold very still until they calm down. When they are comfortable with your hand near them, you can offer them a bit of millet or a few seeds.

Always work at your birds’ pace.
Move slowly and talk reassuringly and calmly to their whenever you interact with them.

Keep in mind that it is going to be a long slow process. Patience is key.
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