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Old 04-06-2015, 10:16 PM
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Hi, I was wondering if it is recommended to purchase tamed budgies from pet stores. Do they remain tame after they arrive home? Or will they be too scared to interact with the people in their new home? I was just wondering. Also, this pet shop in my village claims that they can hand-tame baby budgies in approx. 2 days. Is this even possible? Thanks for all answers

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Old 04-06-2015, 10:27 PM
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Kelsey,

There are a lot of variables that will come into play with regard to a "hand-tamed" budgie. Generally, one that is used to being handled will be more receptive than one that has not been socialized to be with people.

Most budgies will be somewhat apprehensive in their new environment. If you get a hand-tamed budgie and spend a couple of days sitting by its cage talking to it you should be able to gain its trust fairly quickly.

Is this a small independently owned pet store?
Do they breed the budgies themselves or do they get them from a local breeder?
Were the budgies hand-tame when the pet store received them?
How old are the budgies when they release them to new owners?
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What Deborah said.

Check where the bird is from.
I mean, all three of mine are from the two big chains, and I love them dearly (and never had time to tame them properly), but there is pet store and there is box pet store.

But - and I have limited experience, very limited - a bird already used to handling should not regress much. Unless, of course, human messes up.
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Deb asks some great questions that you should pose to your pet store. If they are breeders as well who handle their chicks, then you shouldn't see a lot of regression of the bird. Also, you could ask the owners to see a particular budgie that you're interested in to see whether or not he or she is really "hand tame."

Yes, it's possible to "hand tame" budgies in 2 days, particularly if they've been handled while they were chicks. However, they might be using a taming method by which they take the budgie into an enclosed space and then repeatedly pick up the bird and perch him on their hands or knees. Many members here on TB use a different method: gradually increasing the amount of physical contact that you have with your budgie based on his or her tolerance. They are two different methods, and everyone will have their favorite. But by changing the environment, your budgie will always have an adjustment period during which he or she is insecure and needs you to be patient and calm until he or she is settled.

Personally, I bought Sammy from a breeder who handled him as a chick and then, after he was fully weaned, moved him into a cage in her bedroom to give him free flight and to get him used to living alone. He was stepping up the day after we brought him home, but she said that he was much more affectionate than most.

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I agree with what has been said above. Buying a hand tamed budgie doesn't necessarily mean that the bird will be 100% comfortable with you the second it gets home, it just means the bird will be used to human interaction, which in turn will generally (key word) make the taming process easier. Both my guys were hand weaned by a local breeder, thus, after I gave them their 3 days to settle in, they weren't too freaked out by my hand and started doing step up within two or three days. They were still pretty apprehensive once they got home though and it definitely still took a good amount of time on my part (and still does ).
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Sitting on your finger/hand is not socialized and truly tame. You could get
a new budgie that steps up on your finger, but will not approach you on its own. That usually takes more time and patience. A bird sold as hand tame is likely just finger tame, which is fine, but don't expect is to jump onto finger like some long lost friend. Finger/hand tame is a start but
you'll still have to work on bonding...with time it should happen and
you'll have a great friend that wants to be with you.
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Hi Kelsey,

I wouldn't worry about it too much. I have 3 budgies, 1 from the pet store (untamed), 1 that was sent in the mail (handfed/semi-tame) and 1 I drove to pick up from the breeder (very tame).

Even though they all started out from different levels of tameness, they all ended up extremely friendly, and will run to my hand or beg to come out.
It's true that budgies have different personalities, but in general all it takes is time
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