I am a 1st time Budgie owner of 2. 1 Male 1 Female. I got them from the pet store 4 weeks ago. The Male isn't as scared of my hand going in the cage to do what little things I do. I try to stay out of their cage so not to scare them. I do sit & talk to them constantly throughout the day. The Female will go to the top corner when I do put my hand in the cage. When I do, I walk up to them slowly with my hands behind my back, talk to them & when I get to the cage, I move my hand(s) slowly. At 1st they both would fly all over the cage chirping loudly, going crazy. Now the male barely ever does this. However, the female does still do this. Anytime I get close to the cage, she takes off as far away from people as possible. I have no kids, no other pets in the house. It's just me & my husband. They were both in the cage together with about 10 other birds when we got them. The female barely does anything. She spends most of here time in front of a mirror that a game toy is with, it like a basketball thing with a mirror for a backdrop). I have notice the past 4-5 days, she pecks at the male when he gets close to her & he goes to the higher perch away from her. This can & usually does last for hours. But usually later in the afternoon to evening, she will let him sit with her. At night there is no issue of them sitting on the top perch together when time for bed. I do over their cage at 9:30 PM my time every night. They have plenty of toys to keep them busy but rarely do they play with them except mostly just 1 & they fight over it. I don't know why cause I bought 2 over each things so they wouldn't fight. When I asked the people at the pet store how old they were, I was told somewhere between 6 mos to less then 1 yr. They said they are not told the age of the birds when they get them in. I have tried the finger thing but they just go away from me. If I'm across the room where they can see me, the male will chirp up a storm, she rarely does. But the closer I get to the cage, they are more like statues. I just don't know what I am doing wrong or what to do. I love animals. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. The 1st pic is the day after we got them. The last 3 pics I took today. I don't know why they are side ways on here, sorry for that. On my computer, they are not side ways (the pics).
1 other thing, sorry. I have noticed over the past week or so on the male that he is now getting lines on the back part of his head that was not there when I got him. Also on the male, I don't know what you properly call it but the hair next to his beak has gotten longer & fluffed out. I was flat when I got him.
Welcome to talk budgies Traci...those are some really pretty budgies you have got there. As someone new to budgie ownership, I must congratulate you on finding this forum. There is a gold mine of valuable info to be found here, and a lot of very experienced bird folk's who unselfishly share thing's that they have learned over the year's. If you go to each section and start reading through the stickies at the top, you will find a lot of good advice on how to proceed with keeping happy and healthy budgies that you can enjoy for year's...
The behavior you are describing is typical for new bird's, especially from pet stores. You will notice as time goes on that they will get less fearful with you. The stickies in the taming and bonding section would be especially helpful to you at this point...glad you found us....
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Thank you. I have read most of the posting here before I decided to post my concerns. I have tried the suggestions but it has seemed to have made especially the female more fearful. The male a little bit. I couldn't even think of a name for either of them so I just call them mama & papa lol. I have raised dogs almost all my life. However, my husband will not allow me to have any of those but will allow birds. I read many post where people said within weeks of bringing them home or sooner that they had their Budgies trained. It's been 4 weeks for me & not much change. I was setting the millets in their cage up until a few days ago & now they are mad at me. I read good & bad things & am confused as to whether to allow them to just munch on them whenever they want. I want to see if the female will eat more of their healthy food compared to the millets. Besides, she doesn't allow the male to eat much of them. When I would put a fresh new one in their cage, the male would almost land on my hand waiting for the millet. She just runs to the corner no matter what. But I think that's my fault mostly cause like a new bird owner, I didn't read up before buying. When we brought them home, I just grabbed them from the pet store box & put them in the cage. He got over it, I think but I don't think she ever will.
Hello and welcome! The biggest thing with attempting to hand tame budgies is to be very patient. Every bird is different and each one goes at a different pace so it is best not to rush training.
Most budgies from pet stores have had little human interaction, so it's only natural for them to be fearful of you! ^^ Four weeks is not a lot of time for them to become accustomed with their surroundings and comfortable with people, so just give it time and eventually they'll accept you as part of the flock. (If you spend time with them daily, of course.)
It can take months, even years for a untamed budgie to become comfortable with human interaction. Some will get used to it quickly and become cuddle bugs; others it will take longer and they may never allow you to pet them. It varies from bird to bird and what their personalities are like!
Randy and Krystal have both offered you very good advice.
It isn't easy to tame budgies -- they aren't like dogs and it takes a long time to gain their trust. I'd suggest you simply start at the beginning and work slowly and patiently. Sit by the cage and sing, read or talk to them for 10-15 minutes three or four times a day.
After the 2nd or 3rd day, rest your hand on the outside of the cage when you talk to them so they'll learn that your hand is safe and will not hurt them.
After a week, rest your hand inside the cage when you talk.
Donít make sudden moves, donít try to touch them.
Let them get used to the idea that the hand is now in his safe place and not harming them.
After 2 weeks, begin moving your hand slowly toward the budgie and begin your taming and bonding sessions.
I'd also suggest that you remove the cute little "baskets" you have inside the cage. You have a male and a female and while they are very young right now, as time goes by and they hit "puberty" those little baskets may quickly become viewed by your budgies as potential nesting sites!
To familiarize yourself with the forums, please take the time to read through all of the How To Guides, the FAQs and the stickies located at the top of each section of the forum.
You'll find most of your basic questions are answered after you've read through all of them.
I'm looking forward to hearing all about your budgie and hopefully seeing some pictures soon!!
Hi Traci... First, what pretty budgies you chose! I have budgies from pet shops, too. I have one male that was stepping up and being calm almost right away. The female bit me and gave me what I call 'the look' that means stay away from me. Now, over a year later, she does step up, but she is more distant in every way. So, I guess I'm saying the same thing as the others... give it time. They each have their own personalities and will respond differently.
PS.. I acquired another female from the pet store in December.. she is getting a bit friendlier, but mostly is more interested in the other birds than in me. She does like millet and will eat it from my hand.. otherwise, she hangs out with her buds.
Hope that helps a little.
Thank you all for your advice. I guess I have 2 options. The 1st one I can just wait for what will seem like a long time for them to "maybe"come around. The 2nd, I can hope they have babies & I can teach those when they are of age. The only other option I have & I wish I really had done my research before getting the birds, is to try to find a trustworthy breeder (cheap or reasonable). I have on 2 separate times by accident, leave the cage door open, The apartment was closed up & we were gone for a few hours but they never left their cage, thank God. I get skeptical with breeders of any animal cause there is a lot out there that don't care properly for the animals. That's why we went to the Pet Store. I really wanted a companion cause I am disabled & my husband won't let me get a dog. Patience, Patience lol. I will try.
If they both love millet I would just give this when training and not hang it inside the cage. You could try holding some millet inside the cage at a distance that is comfortable for them and let them come to you for it. You might find the if the male does it first then the female will follow eventually when she sees it is safe. Also try it first thing in the morning when they are hungriest. It may take a while though so get yourself a comfy chair lol. Don't give up though because just when you think something isn't working they go and surprise you and do it