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Old 06-25-2019, 04:36 AM
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Hi my question is about whether my bird likes me. I just can't tell. I had him from a baby from his hand rearer and for a while Jasper was quiet and docile in my hands (submission maybe) anyway I am about 4 weeks into having him with me and he is getting very independent. When I open the door I can get him to hop onto my finger and I slowly bring him out wanting to have a chat with him just like that but he now immediately flys off into the room to his favourite (safe) places and seems to take no notice of me. I let him have his independence but can't leave him outside when I go out so we have a little battle getting him back in! am I doing things right and is it just patience and time for him to come to me of his own accord - as he doesn't do this much I presume he doesn't like me or is this just a human thought? I love reading around the site there is so much information from everyone. Jasper's puzzled Mummy !!

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Hi my question is about whether my bird likes me. I just can't tell. I had him from a baby from his hand rearer and for a while Jasper was quiet and docile in my hands (submission maybe) anyway I am about 4 weeks into having him with me and he is getting very independent. When I open the door I can get him to hop onto my finger and I slowly bring him out wanting to have a chat with him just like that but he now immediately flys off into the room to his favourite (safe) places and seems to take no notice of me. I let him have his independence but can't leave him outside when I go out so we have a little battle getting him back in! am I doing things right and is it just patience and time for him to come to me of his own accord - as he doesn't do this much I presume he doesn't like me or is this just a human thought? I love reading around the site there is so much information from everyone. Jasper's puzzled Mummy !!
I had this problem with Trickee when I first got him. He would fly onto the bathroom mirror lights. Which was a huge no no. Instead of pulling him out I let the door open for a certain amount of time each day. I also stepped him up and just let him sit on my hand in the cage to let him get used to it. If those don't work you can definitely clip your bird's wings. I had to resort to that because of how jumpy Trickee was. It prevents them from flying to high places and hiding. But they can still fly hop for a bit. Plus they grow back in a few months and it gives you time to train them.

Also always at first your bird is iffy about you. It's not that he doesn't like you, it's just that he doesn't know you. He sees you as this big person who tries to touch him. If I could think like them I presume when he flies away from your hand is because you are bringing him in this big room away from his cage. He then flies away still being iffy about you trying to find a high safe spot. Such as if you walk at a robin in the grass they will fly into a tree. In bird's the highest place is the safest place because they know you cannot get to them. Hope this helps.

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Thank you Trickee's Mom. I see where you're coming from and yes we are still getting to know each other so I need a bit more patience with him. I'm glad you say it's not that he doesnt like me or trust me but more he has found a safe place outside of his cage and I'm not yet it. There are times he will stand on my hand and even put one leg in a fist and go to sleep or else kind of smack his lips not grinding but more like a comforting thing so I guess that means he doesn't not trust me just he's taking time out on the conclusion. Thank you for helping me see it another way. I had one for almost 10 years and he was so tame and so used to me and I guess I'm comparing that to this. I have a lot of patience so will keep him I think lol.

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Thank you Trickee's Mom. I see where you're coming from and yes we are still getting to know each other so I need a bit more patience with him. I'm glad you say it's not that he doesnt like me or trust me but more he has found a safe place outside of his cage and I'm not yet it�� There are times he will stand on my hand and even put one leg in a fist and go to sleep or else kind of smack his lips not grinding but more like a comforting thing so I guess that means he doesn't not trust me just he's taking time out on the conclusion. Thank you for helping me see it another way. I had one for almost 10 years and he was so tame and so used to me and I guess I'm comparing that to this. I have a lot of patience so will keep him I think lol ��
Yep, you're welcome. Each budgie has a different personality. They could be lazy, active, mean, or nice. It just depends on what they turn out to be when they finally get comfortable. Mercedes is lazy/active and territorial. He isn't mean but he makes sure to let everyone know their place. You can't really change the way they come out either. So it's what you get and you have to accept and make changes to make it work. But in the end no matter what they all are in their own way rewarding.

Him sleeping and showing that he is letting his guard down is really good. That means he is starting to trust you. Because once he lets his guard down that means anything can happen. So he is probably testing you to see if anything happens. Once he sees that there is nothing to hurt him he will start letting his guard down more and getting comfortable.
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