Hi, I have had Rocky Balbudgie 12 months exactly today, I bought him from a breeder and when I brought him home he was approximately 13 weeks old, hand trained and had his wings clipped, I have not continued to have his clipped wings. His cage is a Hagen Vision the smallest medium size which he loves very much, maybe a little too much. He is my first budgie and as much as I adore him I have to admit Iím struggling with him as he wonít come out of cage and if I do manage to get him out at the first opportunity he gets he flies back in. He isnít frightened of me as he will step up albeit on his terms and loves to eat Millet and certain veg out of my hand. But when I talk to him he doesnít respond in fact he turns away and as I have already mentioned wonít come out. I have been told that maybe his cage is too big, I have thought that maybe a smaller cage would be better and seen one I have liked, but maybe he is to long in the beak to change his home. Also if I place a new item in his cage he is very wary of the new toy, and sits furthest away from the item, I donít change things around too much. I see other budgies sitting on their owners shoulders, playing and responding to their owners but Rocky doesnít do anything like that and yes itís upsetting. I have tried so much, but still doesnít respond to me, I have also been told itís not normal behaviour and I wonder if Iím doing something wrong.
All birds are individuals and not all birds become tame to the point of seeing their human as their best friend. Your bird evidently feels his cage is his safe place. Do you have other pets and are there other people in your household? His reluctance to want to stay outside of the cage could be due to not being comfortable with whatever is going on around him, a smaller cage is not the answer, in fact I would suggest as large a cage as you can afford. Birds are commonly afraid of new objects, so it is normal for them to shy away from something new put into the cage. Try leaving the new toy outside of the cage somewhere were your bird can see it for a couple of weeks before trying to put it in the cage. As far as behavior goes it is actually not the norm to have a budgie that is very interactive with it's human to the point of the bird wanting to be sitting on you all the time. It is far more common that the bird tolerates you in his surrounding and may step up for you and entertain himself with toys as you watch. Look around and try to determine if there is something that is making him uncomfortable when you take him out of the cage. You must look around from his point of view, things we pay no attention to may be unsettling to him, like a window with too much activity going on outside, could even be certain colors in a room. I had a bird years ago that would not come near me if I had on anything red or all white and she also did not like anything with too much of a print to it.
Thank you so much for getting back to me. We do not have any other pets and there is only me and my other half Tony in the house, although Rocky does live it when we have guests round. However my living room isn’t the biggest and the colours tend to be pale colours like beige. I do have a perch which is in the window which I was hoping he would sit on, he does for a short while but he is probably weighing up where his cage door is. It never entered my head about what I could be wearing, I will try to gage the colours he likes and dislikes and I will try different toys outside his cage. Thank you x
Whoever is giving you advice about putting Rocky in a smaller cage and indicating his behavior is not normal is incorrect.
The purpose of Talk Budgies is to promote best practices for the health and well-being of budgies.
I would never recommend a smaller cage for Rocky.
As Cody indicated, the bigger the cage you provide for him, the better.
Each budgie is a unique individual with his/her own personality.
Many budgies do not wish to leave the safety of their cage.
You should never force Rocky to come out of the cage when he does not want to do so.
Birds are naturally skittish and some cannot abide new perches or toys in their cage without being given the opportunity to become accustomed to them first.
You can place the toy or perch outside the cage in Rocky's line of site for a few days and then hang it on the outside of the cage for a few days before introducing it into the cage.
To encourage Rocky to come out on his own, leave the cage door open when you are in the room to supervise him and set up a little playground near the cage with a favorite toy and/or treat on it.
Thank you so much you have put my mind at rest, there is no way Iím going to change his cage and will follow your advise, I love my Little Rock Star to bits and if he doesnít like outside his the so be it. I did go back to the breeders about six months back to ask their advise about Rocky reluctance to come out and he his advice to me was he wonít come out voluntarily you will need to pick him up and bring him out of his cage. Now even to me a novice that is not right and after careful consideration Iím now wondering how ethical the breeder is despite the glowing reviews and the many miles customers travel to buy a bird off them. Which is why and will continue to do so ask you guys first because i feel you are the ones who will give me the proper and correct advise, thank you.