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Old 04-27-2019, 01:55 PM
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Hi! I really like my parakeets. They are so funny and watching them all interact in the cage is more entertaining than the TV.

Two of them are perfectly content with their friends. The others, happy little birdies! Doodle is coming up on about three months now. I like to let him fly outside the cage and do some finger training. Just like Cookie, they act nice when held in my cupped hand, but they want to fly after anywhere between a few seconds and a minute or so (Cookie and Doodle are almost twins. Both have pink Ceres and people have told me they may be boys, we don't know on either one. Doodle has red eyes just like his Mom and was yellow. His dad was yellow too but a nice shade of yellow and with muted markings, very dull. No idea how he or she came out white. Cookie was from PetSmart.)

Sometimes it sounds like Doodle is "barking" at me with his beak closed when he sees my finger. Sometimes he jumps up on to it. Almost sounded like he wanted to talk. He in the cage with the other budgies so he may not learn speech. I'll call Doodle a He to keep it simple unless he turns out to be a girl.

I believe what I am asking is. How can I get to play some games with my parakeet and parakeets? Doodle is the youngest. He still flies like a hummingbird and I offer him my finger in mid-flight he hasn't perched yet, I monitor his flight space for any dangers. I know, ideally, for people home all day, don't work, etc etc, can talk to their budgies all day and for long lengths of time the budgies will love them forever and go to sleep in their hair etc. I sometimes watch TV with my budgies and I've sometimes left the cage door open so they can get used to coming out of it. My birds tend to flock together and sometimes interact with me and sometimes not. is their any sort of "game" I can play, so I can be their cool human and not the Outsider Looking In?

They have made my life so much better. I live in an Assisted Living Community of sorts and I can only do so much in what I can do for them, for those concerned with the birds having whatever they like. Don't ever think that I don't love my birds. They have one huge cage and that's what I can do. If I even needed to say that. They have made me happy and I love them. My happy little birdies.

Any "games" I can play with them? Doodle seemed to be liking when i talked to him yesterday. He still wanted to fly away so please help me fine tune my approach, after and before work. Working budgie Dad here...


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I agree with you, they are very entertaining to watch. The first step in taming is getting the bird to trust you. Most birds do not like to be held if you are cupping them in your hands it may be too scary for them and they fly away after a few seconds. You can quietly read to them, talk or sing to them while sitting next to the cage. Don't make any loud noises or movements that would scare them. If they are calm around you offer them a piece of millet on you hand and see if they show any interest. Some birds are more comfortable stepping up onto a perch rather than a finger or hand, none of my current budgies will step onto my finger but they will step up onto a perch if I put it in front of them. This is a good practice to start with. Are the birds in your room at the community where you live?
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I agree with you, they are very entertaining to watch. The first step in taming is getting the bird to trust you. Most birds do not like to be held if you are cupping them in your hands it may be too scary for them and they fly away after a few seconds. You can quietly read to them, talk or sing to them while sitting next to the cage. Don't make any loud noises or movements that would scare them. If they are calm around you offer them a piece of millet on you hand and see if they show any interest. Some birds are more comfortable stepping up onto a perch rather than a finger or hand, none of my current budgies will step onto my finger but they will step up onto a perch if I put it in front of them. This is a good practice to start with. Are the birds in your room at the community where you live?
Hi Cody! Ok:

- Yes, the birds are in a large open space in a free flight cage with wheels. They can fly, but I am present when they do so. There are a couple of things I keep them away from, they used to free fly and stay on the table on a parakeet playground toy but we eventually got them a cage "just in case" one flew behind a refrigerator and required rescue, etc. They are safe when they fly I'm just there to make sure the ones learning how to fly go somewhere they shouldn't. I've learned just how much it hurts when one flies away.

- Funny you should say that.. my birds always perch on a stick and a dowel, they sometimes come on my finger and sometimes don't. They always want to perch on the millet.

Is it true that leaving the cage doors open lets them know that it's okay to explore? Does that turn into a bonding? I have A.D.D. myself It is so hard to out my hand in there and keep it in there. I know Doodle is deciding if he likes me or not, most of the birds like finger rides but they seem to jump away at first.

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Leaving the cage door open is fine but there should always be someone there to watch that they do not get into any trouble, seems that you are well aware of that.They are naturally very curious so they will want to explore as long as they are comfortable in the room and not afraid. I would not say that leaving the door open leads to bonding but if you are in the room and they are out and do not see you as a threat, then that helps them eventually see you as a member of the flock. If the birds are willing to step up for you on a finger or a perch then you have taken a good step towards gaining their trust. How many birds to you have all together?
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Hi there! Doodle sounds like a very sweet budgie and is obviously very loved. Do your budgies have a variety of different toys in their cage? As well as keeping your budgies mentally stimulated while inside their cage, you can also use the toys to interact with Doodle when he’s outside of his cage. For example, a lot of budgies love those little plastic balls with the bell inside. Two of my budgies love to throw the ball off the top of the cage and watch me pick it up for them, then they throw it off again. One also loves to headbutt the ball around the bottom of the cage and chase it. Some budgies even play fetch. My point is, if you watch closely when your birds play and see if there’s a particular toy that Doodle really seems to like, you can then use that toy to play with him.

*** Of course make sure any toy you give to your birds is bird safe and regularly check toys for signs of damage. Always supervise birds when they’re outside of their cage.


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