We have now had our little baby budgies Alba and Petrie (8-9 weeks old) for almost a week. They seem to be happy and relaxed, are eating, drinking, preening & playing well. They have enough room to fly a little in their cages - each has its own cage as we wait to get a big one for them together next week - but we are thinking it would be a good idea soon to let them fly free in the room. We know it is really important, but wanted them to feel safe with us before we let them out. One (Petrie) is hand tame - the other (Alba) is getting ok with us having our hand in the cage, but is not yet hand tame.
We'd really appreciate some advice on when we should first let them free fly (having only had them a week), how long each day they should be allowed to free fly, and how to get them back into their cages! We have a bedroom which we have made as safe as possible for them to fly inside.
As you have had them for a week they sound like they are progressing wonderfully. Free flight is great, exercise and the enjoyment they get and give to you the owner watching them is priceless I feel.
My three budgies are free flighted all day, but they choose to come out first thing in the morning , this is when I clean and replace water and food wash toys and the general clean up.
Budget is in his own cage he interacts with the other two but is bonded to me so he sits and sleeps and plays with me more so than the others.
Place a perch on the outside of the cage near the door this is a great help for them getting used to being outside their safe zone. Make sure the windows are covered and be ready to allow them to stay out or perhaps not even come out !