OK to keep this as less confusing as possible here are by birds living arrangements:
Cage 1: Guys and Emmy(both hand tame)-Love at first site, clean, kiss and feed each other
Cage 2: Yogi and Stella(Not so hand tame)- get along peacefully, but don't kiss, feed each other or kiss.
They all get along wonderfully when out for play time together and as they take turns discovering each others cages. I sometimes come back after out of cage time to find them with their different mate chilling in different cages and all is good.
Gus however is Mr. Popular and they all seem to just love him. He my tame super chill guy.
Anyways I am having a hard time working with Yogi and Stella to hand tame them. Yogi is defiantly made more progress. I think Stella just naturally might be a bit more standoffish which is fine by me, but I want her to be tame enough to feel safely handled for things like wing chips, nail trims and vet trims.
I find when Stella is out with Gus she is more chill. I imagine its because she sees that Gus is so calm with me.
I thought about caging Stella with Gus in one cage and having Yogi and Gus in another.
My question is though since Gus and Emmy are little lovers is it a bad thing to do? I'm just worried I'm hurting them emotionally lol. I don't want them ending up in budgie therapy after all!
I just think it would be so much easier to work with Stella like this, but won't it it stresses Emmy and Gus out.
as long as you still let them out together to socialize, they will be fine (well, as long as there is no fighting in the cage!). if the cages are in the same room, they can still talk to each other when they are in the cages.
i have had 11 budgies in total, so i have done a lot of training-especially because they are all rescues. i have tamed with a mirror, a toy, and millet (which was most popular). i don't know if you have heard of it, but i recommend clicker/target training. i used this on my last 2 budgies who were rescues and scared out of their mind. on the second day they were stepping up and on the 6 day of training i felt that they were trained enough to come out! this was huge seeming that all my other birds took 4+ MONTHS to train with just millet and no clicker. after they were tame and coming out i taught both of them how to high-five and wave by using the clicker. i will continue to use clicker/target training on any other birds i get in the future because it is fast and with that one click you both can speak the same language!
I have 8 parakeets, a cat, a rabbit, 2 frogs, 2 newts, about 22 self cloning marbled crayfish, 7 fish tanks, and 2 bettas. my 9 'keets are beyond spoiled with my DIY toys and 2 big trees to play on
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