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Old 05-27-2015, 02:47 AM
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So Mink was a hand fed baby. She quickly started to become accustomed to her quarantine cage and started eating, then very soon settled in and started to step right up like a tame bird and even let me pet her some .

Fast forward... She is 11 weeks old now, and has been in her new double flight cage with Twigs (divider in the middle) for a little while. Although it's a spacious and nicer cage than before, both of them are still pretty stressed out from the move, different cage AND different room.

One thing that has happened since the move... Mink has reverted to being WILD again! I am so disappointed, and even with trying to handle her several times per day, having her out with us and away from the cage, she just won't tame down again, and just acts nervous now and calls back and forth with Twigs. It's even hard to get her out of the cage, and I hate to chase her. They clipped her wings at the bird store, and they're way too short . She can still run away fast!

Any insight into this? Could she be learning wild behavior by watching Twigs?
Are the girls typically less friendly and more likely to go wild than the boys? I'd really hate to lose her tameness. I wanted a hand fed English budgie for that reason!

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Placing her in with twigs is going to naturally encourage her to want to be with him. Budgies will choose another budgie over a human all the time unless you have been with the budgie since it fledged or hand reared it.
Chasing her around the cage will make her become stressed and that will cause Twigs to become stressed as well. Then they will feed of each others body language. She is behaving completely normal for circumstance.
You will need to start again getting her to trust you and your hand. Use millet as a reward hold it in your hand and have her approach you it will take time and patience.
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Thanks Cathy. Starting ALL over then.... and we were doing so well before!
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Hi Julie,
Don't worry I'm sure she will come round again. Oisin was also a hand raised budgie but just always had a shy personality. He would often go through stages of making good progress and then go wild for a bit but we got there eventually and we built a very trusting bond. It just takes a lot of patience.

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Julie,

What you are experiencing right now with Mink is, as Cathy said, quite normal under the circumstances.

I had two non-hand tamed budgies and decided to keep my first hand-reared budgie in the same room. Even though he was not in the same cage with the other two, his behavior changed drastically and he quickly began behaving the same as my "hooligans".

Since Mink and Twigs are now in a divided cage, she is going to mimic Twigs behavior and prefer his company over yours. It will take a great deal of time and patience to overcome this tendency but it can be done.

Good luck and please let us know how things progress.
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I suggest you take one step backwards and put her back in a cage by herself. I have the same kind of thing going on here. I put my female Linnie in a cage with my male.
After a while the female began to be more untame than tamed. Put her back in a separate cage by herself and she is coming around again.
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Thanks guys... So sounds like the trouble is that Mink and I hadn't established a bond before putting her with Twigs.

I just assumed she'd stay tame like my cuddly tame parrots who are buddies with each other AND with me.

I think I will try setting up her small cage again (it's really not too small, just not a flight) at least during the time we are home, and really work with her. I'm getting some millet today.

Question - how about her frantic calling with Twigs when she's away from the cage? It's like she can't concentrate on anything other than her panic with losing sight of her new buddy. How do I deal with that?
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I think I will try setting up her small cage again (it's really not too small, just not a flight) at least during the time we are home, and really work with her. I'm getting some millet today.

Question - how about her frantic calling with Twigs when she's away from the cage? It's like she can't concentrate on anything other than her panic with losing sight of her new buddy. How do I deal with that?
It will be best if you take Mink into a totally different room for your one-on-one interaction with her.
Ignore her frantic calling as best you can because reacting to it will just reinforce the behavior.
Work to distract Mink by getting her to concentrate on you, the millet, her toys etc. during the time you have her away from Twigs and give her lots of praise when she's quiet and not calling for him.
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I hung out with Mink for a little while today, away from Twigs and the cage.
I hated to chase her (just a little bit ) to get her out, but I take her away from familiar territory so that we can work on her being tame. She did wonderfully for about 20 minutes, sitting on our shoulders and heads and pulling hair out by the roots (she does that). She hasn't forgotten 'step up' thankfully, once she's away from the cage. It's impractical for me to set up another cage again, and I figure if I can do this daily, she might eventually get and stay tame. Crossing fingers...
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Yay Mink stepped up willingly today from inside her cage. Maybe she is discovering that she likes watching tv with us . I'm working to socialize her everyday. The cage divider is in, so she and Twigs don't have physical contact as she learns to bond to us humans.
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