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Old 03-30-2015, 06:15 PM
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In the plethora of training methods out there I stumbled upon this recently Budgie Whisperer :: Training Is this a safe training method? Or way to invasive and up in their face? Must my budgie be out of his cage to be tamed? He's been home for 2 months and is generally very happy, singing and chirping and playing. He eats and sleeps just fine. He's around a year old and I bought him from PetCo. He doesn't mind my hand in the cage or near him, but he's stubborn with stepping up, even onto a dowel rod. Any help?

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I'd classify anything that involves "grabbing" a budgie in any way too invasive to be a valid or safe training method.
They may be miniature parrots only, but they are definitely as full personalities as their larger relatives. Not every budgie will get equally tame. Not every budgie will get tame, actually.
Have you tried "bribing" him with some millet?
For some birds, two months really isn't a lot of time. For us people, it is, and we may start getting a bit nervous if it goes on for that long, and go in with an expectation of certain things not happening - birds are extremely good at picking up mood. If you approach him feeling nervous or anything in that direction, he may think he needs to be on his guard because something is up. Try being as calm as possible when you work with him.
How much time are you spendinga round him when not working with him? Maybe letting him see you more will help.
Some budgies sit on heads and shoulders but dislike hands. Possibly if you let him out and stay in the room doing something else, he will, after investigating the room sufficiently, eventually try you out as a perch or come to look what you're doing.

As for must he be out of the cage to be tamed - not necessarily, but please remember that he must be out of he cage to be able to fly, and exercising his wings and those flight muscles is something he needs to remain healthy.
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I'd classify anything that involves "grabbing" a budgie in any way too invasive to be a valid or safe training method.
They may be miniature parrots only, but they are definitely as full personalities as their larger relatives. Not every budgie will get equally tame. Not every budgie will get tame, actually.
Have you tried "bribing" him with some millet?
For some birds, two months really isn't a lot of time. For us people, it is, and we may start getting a bit nervous if it goes on for that long, and go in with an expectation of certain things not happening - birds are extremely good at picking up mood. If you approach him feeling nervous or anything in that direction, he may think he needs to be on his guard because something is up. Try being as calm as possible when you work with him.
How much time are you spendinga round him when not working with him? Maybe letting him see you more will help.
Some budgies sit on heads and shoulders but dislike hands. Possibly if you let him out and stay in the room doing something else, he will, after investigating the room sufficiently, eventually try you out as a perch or come to look what you're doing.

As for must he be out of the cage to be tamed - not necessarily, but please remember that he must be out of he cage to be able to fly, and exercising his wings and those flight muscles is something he needs to remain healthy.
His cage is on my desk so I am near him anytime I am home. I just go along with my own business, and interact with him in intervals, but not long enough for him to feel his space is being invaded.
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Agree with AlterE. If he tolerates your hand in the cage without touching
him...that's good. Anything you can do like offer millet spray from your
hand.....try soon after he wakes up in AM and wants breakfast. Give him
time. Rest your hand with fingers on a perch in his cage as close as he
tolerates without moving away. Then put a piece of millet between fingers. Just get him really comfortable the your hand. Don't try to pet him and don't force yourself on him. Your just connecting his social life
toward you. Two months for a bird that's now a year is not that much time to be bonded to a human...but see how things are going in 2 more
months, and I bet you'll see progress. If he's playing and other wise
healthy and noisy, and is tame to the degree you're saying he's already
made progress in your 2 months with you.
Budgie whisperer techniques may work with some birds, but an older
bird especially could become more afraid of "the hand" with this technique.
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