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Old 01-12-2015, 12:46 PM
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Hello everyone! three days ago I bought my first budgie. It turns out I made some rookie mistakes (tried playing with them too early, pushed them to try to be tame too early) They're almost always staying in one spot and shaking, but lately they've started warming up a little bit and chirp along with the birdies outside. Could have pushing them too early cause future bonding issues? what should I do at this point? Should I leave them alone for a few days?

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Hi Trisha to the forum

Not too worry, you haven't done any permanent damage, I'd suggest leaving them alone for 3 or 4 days so they can get used to having you and other people around, they also have to get used to the sounds of the house, things like the vacuum cleaner, washing machine etc can spook them initially.
Then after a few days you can slowly start the bonding process, little and often with plenty of rewards normally works best. Good luck.

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Hi and to Talk Budgies!

Budgies are often submissive for a few days because they're terrified.

He may sit quietly and not move, chirp or sing.
If he sits near the bottom of the cage, you can scatter some seed on the cage floor so he can find food until it learns where his food dish is.
Do not handle or touch him for about 2 weeks.

To build your budgieís trust, sit by his cage and read, talk or sing quietly to him 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 him so he'll learn that your hand is safe and will not hurt him.

After a week, rest your hand inside the cage when you talk.
Donít make sudden moves, donít try to touch him.
Let him get used to the idea that the hand is now in his safe place and not harming him.
After 2 weeks, begin moving your hand slowly toward the budgie and begin your taming and bonding sessions.

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Hello!

I've just got a new budgie myself (4 days ago now) and I've made the same mistakes as you. I might just leave him be for a few days now and try read and talk to him only.

I'm sure our budgies will be fine!

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What a beautiful budgie girl! Faerybee is 100% in her advice. Give your budgie time to feel safe in her cage and take it slow. Budgies are wonderful pets to have.
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Give him a month or so he will come around himself. Budgies by nature are sociable creatures so you really don't need to force them into anything, they'll come around when they feel comfortable.
Don't make any sudden movements by his cage just sit by his cage and talk to him from a bit of a distance.
Make sure his cage is at head level so he doesn't feel dominated.
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Hi!

Welcome to the forum! Some great advice above - would love to hear how your bonding progress following the suggestions here

PS: Your budgie is really cute
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