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Old 01-23-2015, 05:06 PM
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Hi! Its me again with more questions

But before I ask, I want to say thank you so much for the really lovely advice and positive encouragement from the members that have replied to me in previous threads! Thanks to you my budgies now get to come out of their cage and they seem so much happier

So,back to my questions. I only let my birdies out in one particular room. In order to get them there I have to carry their cage, and since reading on this forum, I have started carrying the budgies to pretty much any room I am in so they get used to me. They also sleep in a special room when the weather outside is not okay for them. Normally when I see my little friends they hop to the other side of the cage. This morning Iris was flapping her wings over and over, and making loud sounds while looking at me? I assumed she was wanting to have a fly. So I picked up the cage and walked towards their fly room, and both budgies started making loud singing sounds. When I got to the room, I set up as normal putting tree branches around and what not, and they started hopping and singing. Then I opened the cage and both Icarus and Iris just flew right out, no hesitation what so ever.

My questions are

1. Am I just fanciful in thinking Iris was trying to communicate she was wanting to fly and that when I walked towards their fly room they knew where they were going and were making 'happy sounds'?

2. I noticed Iris is flying closer to me during her play, and while in her cage hops closer to me while tilting her head and staring. Is this a good sign of her starting to feel more comfortable? If so, is there any reason Icarus may not be as comfortable with me?



Thanks in advance for any replies!


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Budgies are indeed very clever, and very smart. She is mow than likely trying to tell you that she wants to come out and fly. And it does sound like she is getting more comfortable with you. My Lily does this all the time when she wants a kiss or something like millet from momma. lol.
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Hello you are right on the money with your feelings! These little birds are indeed very clever and will soon get to know what they need to do to let you know their needs.
They will often sit on the perch and flap the wings quite strongly this is their way of exercising and strengthening the wings as well. Budgies that have out of cage time will often make a loud noise and cling to the door or flap . Saying I want out now please
It sounds like you are getting to know your budgies body language and they are becoming much more accepting of you into the flock! Well done.
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These are all great signs that you are starting to understand them
and they you. The calling is a way they keep with the flock. You're becoming part of it.
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Not only are they that smart....they are even smarter...

Your bird's are getting real comfy with you. Just keep spending time with them, and you will be amazed. They pick up real quick on habit's you develop with them, like the ones you are talking about. Glad you are having fun...
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Budgies are very intelligent birds ! My budgies know when hubby comes home.. They immediately start chirping and singing and they will get louder and louder until he comes into the bird room and talks to them ! they then mosey up to the front of the cages and flap their wings and chirp at him ! .. IF we are in the Den watching TV.. our budgies and Cockatiels will call to us until e come in the bird room to see what is going on.. They are always wanting attention !!! WE love it !
If I bring something into the bird room to eat .. they go wild !! particularly our cockatiels ...
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Wow! So I wasn't imagining things? Good to know!

It is rather exciting to think an animal you didn't know was so clever is actually much more intelligent than you thought. It happened again this morning, they both sung loudly until I got to the fly room and out they went. I've even noticed their flying is much more controlled. They haven't bumped into anything in a few days!

Now they're flying over my head a lot more I'm hoping it means theyre curious and not just trying to tell me to go away

From experience with your own birds, what are some of the small signs here and there that you saw that meant they were getting more comfortable around you? And was there a difference between gaining trust from a female and a male budgie?
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I best clue for a bird that was originally somewhat distrustful, is flight
directly to your finger while outside of the cage in freeflight. You can train this by having them take millet(spray) from your fingers up close and then
gradually moving away and have them come to you. Of course you may have to later tolerate them landing on your shoulder (ok with me) or
head, (frowned upon by me). If they crowd toward you in the cage when
you come over is a very positive that you've got them.
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for me it was them flying over to me on their own... I leave the doors open to their cages and let them make the decision of coming out or not.. when I come up to their cages to clean I don't get that fluttering form perch to perch anymore .. they just watch me clean .. and have learned to stay up on the top perches when I am cleaning ... I use vinegar water to clean and I think they are vinegar junkies.. They love to taste the perches after I am through.. lol ....
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