My friendly new friend.
I got a budgie! He's 8-12 weeks old, and was an aviary bird who had daily interaction with humans. The breeder put him in a takeout box (lol), and after the 30 minute drive home, I now know that no amount of holding something in the air/in the footwell/or close to your body can counteract the laws of gravity. When I transferred birdie from the box to his cage, he understandably screamed bloody murder, so I just left him to his business for the day. That night I slept on the sofa a few metres away, and left the music channel on the TV. The next day he seemed to have settled in quite well and was munching away some seed (as opposed to clinging to the bars in the top corner), and he didn't have a problem with me sitting on the couch next to his cage. I put my hand on the bars throughout the day, sung to him, and fed his little ego with complements. Overnight, I slept on the couch next to him, and when I woke up, I was pleasantly surprised to see that he'd moved to lowest perch, and was checking me out. That's when I thought I'd try giving him some millet. I didn't want to push my luck, so I took a long strand, wedged it through the bars a little, and let him eat in peace. After a few minutes, I took it away and opened 2 (of 4) cage doors so he could see me clearly. I read aloud from my maths textbook and he went all puffy, lifted his foot up, tucked his head away, and then fell asleep, haha. When he woke up there was music playing again and he started chirping quietly-- he sounded so sweet. By lunchtime, he was so comfortable that I decided to put my hand IN the cage. When I did so, I was surprised by his lack of reaction, 'cause he just kinda looked at it like 'okay, hi, hand'. So I slowly moved my hand towards him and waited for his body language to tell me I was getting to close, but that didn't happen. He actually stepped up onto my hand, and pecked at it! After his little inspection, I moved my arm slowly so I could rest it on the sofa, and then kept my hand still for 20 minutes. My budgie fell asleep, and I felt really mean when I had to nudge him awake and put him down. I say had to, because the skinny bars of the cage were cutting off circulation in my hand and causing a sickening sensation. I told my bird what a sweet boy he is, and fed him some more millet from my hand. The cage doors have been open all day, and he's not tried to go anywhere. He's been visited by my hand a few times, just casually slumped over his perch, and he actually shuffles towards it. He's been on my finger 2 more times, the 2nd of which we actually made it to the entrance of the cage. And he's been sitting on the same perch since I put him back. I'm so pleased with how well adjusted he is, and considering that his wings aren't clipped (they won't be) & we only met 48-60 hours ago, I'm ecstatic that he hopped onto my hand and dozed off without any qualms. He's so friendly and cute, and I'm totally in love. Meet my new buddy who I randomly named Mr. Percy.
Last edited by CheekyRascal; 01-21-2015 at 06:42 PM.