hi guys, it's been a while since i've been on the forums! how have you all been?
unfortunately things with speedwagon aren't going as well as i hoped... maybe i'm sounding too impatient but it just seems like he is uninterested in me. i bought a bell toy for him, but he doesn't play with it... and i gave him millet but he doesnt accept it when i hold it out for him. ive never grabbed at him or lunged at him, and every day it seems like we go through this process of tedious taming that doesnt even work the next da. this is what i do:
-open the cage, leave it open for several minutes before introduction of hands. i play music and whistle, and sometimes he sings along...
-after that, i will put my hands at the entrance/opening of the cage. he will look at me weirdly and tilt his head to the side.
-i get closer, he FLIES out of the cage and starts tweeting. he never bit me or screamed-- he just tweets. when i try to slowly show him my hand, he flies away until he gets tired.
-once he's tired, he gets on my hand, but only when he's tired... i will put him back into the cage to tell him that my hands wont hurt him. he will sit back on the perch and look at me, refuse any spray millet i hold out to him.
-we repeat this process... but it feels like i'm just pushing myself onto him and that he doesn't truly ...learn anything from this. i hope i don't sound entirely ignorant on this subject but any help would be appreciated!
Its awesome that you're staying committed. You'll eventually make progress, just keep working! Things I could suggest:
-Perhaps it would be a good idea to block the cage exit so that he is in close proximity with your hand for extended time?
-Try leaving the millet hanging in the cage so that he can get a taste and "learn" that its a treat. Try hand feeding it to him once you see he's eaten it.
-Don't worry about the bell toy, sometimes budgies will take a month to even notice a new toy
Don't worry about the millet, my budgie won't touch it either. She just wants her normal seeds, and for her it's a treat if I take the time to let her eat off a spoon or my hand or on my knee or something. As for toys, it's sometimes not the standard toys the fall for. It's like kids who play with the wrapping paper rather than the toys I tied a bell on one of Jakob's perches. She doesn't care much for the bell, but she loves playing with the string. When Speedwagon has had enough flying time, maybe keep him on your hand and start the training/taming session then? He's obviously not afraid of your hand, or else he's try to avoid it all together...
Hi there! You're doing a great job, but budgies take a long time to form a bond - particularly if they weren't very young when you bring them home.
About the bell, there are a few toys that my own Sammy could care less about, and there are one or two that he loves. It often takes him 3-4 weeks before he even feels comfortable enough to get close to a new toy. You might try adding another toy (perhaps something yours can chew on, like a toy made with wood or budgie-safe paper) and see if he's more interested in that.