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Old 01-24-2015, 10:45 AM
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Ok so this morning while giving my baby some millet, for the first time he came down to the cage door and flew out. He is not tame though. So now he is in my living room. He doesnt fly very good so he is spending most of his time under my couch and coming out every so often to fly a bit.
My question is, do you think he will eventually go back to his cage on his own? I dont want to capture him and lose all the trust we have built. I put his cage on the ground with his millet near the front door.
Honestly I was pretty surprised when he flew out as he hasnt tried this before. Now I know and I will have to be more careful when I open the big cage door. Its okay today as im in no hurry to go anywhere. I guess he was feeling a need to spread his little wings and exercise.

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You could try holding the cage with the door open in front of your budgie. I guess once they are tired, thirsty or hungry they would like to return to the cage but my budgie seems to struggle a bit finding the cage unless it's right in front of her.
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You can use a hand towel to pick him up. If possible, darken the room, and use a flahlight to make it easier than chasing him around. I would consider a slight wing clip to make taming and training easier...
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I guess Id have to take him in to have his wings clipped. Im not so sure Id have the courage to try this myself. Maybe if I watched some videos on it Id gain some courage in myself. I have learned to groom my mini poodle on my own by watching lots of videos. How hard can it be right?
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I would suggest a professional doing the wing clip the first time. That way, you can watch and be even more confident when it's your turn.

I hope that your little budgie got back to his cage. If not, you could try getting him to perch on a long perch and then easing him back in yourself.
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Wing clipping is not that hard, and there is a ton of info and video's out there on doing it correctly. It would be helpful to have one person hold the bird correctly with wing open, and another do the clipping. The key is to not clip too short. As Bethany has said, it never hurt's either to watch someone experienced do it...
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Good news on two accounts! I was able to get the little guy to hop back into his cage on his own and after watching some videos I clipped his wings fine. It was pretty easy actually. Thanks for the tips. I held him gently in a small hand towel to clip his feathers and made sure not to clip too short. He was a trooper
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Good job Cindy. It will make thing's better for now, and they will grow back at molt...
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