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I love budgies, and have kept a pair in the past, but had to give them up for adoption as I was busy with school and such. I'm thinking of adopting another pair again, as I have the resources, but not time to dedicate to taming - thus I am thinking of getting a couple rather than a solo budgie, both at a local pet store, as I can't find a breeder near me. I have several questions:

1.) I love simply watching budgies interact, but don't usually hear of other people owning untamed budgies. Is it possible to still enjoy untamed budgies as one would a canary or finch?
2.)As I plan on buying a pair from a pet store (and thus less socialized), is there still a chance they'll eventually become friendlier towards me? How long does the taming process for an older store bought budgie take?

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Hi and Welcome...our two aren't tame and we get a lot of pleasure seeing them interact with one another - playing with their toys, chattering and eating their various foods...tame budgies are an extra, 'cause they interact with you, but not necessary...looking forward to seeing photos of your new budgies...lots of folk to help you with your questions and offer advice
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Hi and to Talk Budgies!

Yes, it's quite possible to enjoy your "untamed" budgies.
Be sure to purchase the largest cage for them you possibly can.

I would recommend considering the Prevue Hendryx F040. I have five of them and don't house more than two birds in any of my cages.

I would suggest working with your budgie pair enough that they are not afraid of your hand. This is important so if either of them ever become ill, need a trip to the vet, have a broken blood feather, etc. you will be able to handle them without too much difficulty.
Pet store birds can be tamed -- time and patience is the key and the amount of time varies from bird to bird.

I have a pair of male budgies that are not hand tamed. Each has his own F040 flight cage but during the day the cage doors are open and they spend their time together. When evening comes, each goes back in his own cage for the night. They are extremely entertaining to watch and I love how they've become such good friends.

When you get your budgies, please remember they are often submissive for a few days because they're terrified.

They may sit quietly and not move, chirp or sing.
If they sit near the bottom of the cage, you can scatter some seed on the cage floor so they can find food until they learn where their food dish is.
Do not handle or touch them for about 2 weeks.

To build your budgies' trust, sit by their cage and read, talk or sing quietly to them for a period of at least 10-15 minutes, 3 or 4 times day. After the 2nd or 3rd day, rest your hand on the outside of the cage when you talk to them so they will learn your hand is safe and will not hurt them.

After a week, rest your hand inside the cage when you talk.
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Thanks for the input! I honestly derive enough pleasure from merely watching budgies interact with each other, but am worried about adopting untamed keets as I don't like knowing they're frightened whenever I need to wash the cage or feed them, ect. It pained me with my last budgies as they'd get extremely flighty as I washed the cage...I just would like to know they're comfortable, even if not necessarily hand tame. Even so, I often kept the radio of and worked quietly near the cage to get them used to my presence. I just love watching them so much, and didn't know if it was more advisable to adopt a hand tamed bird.
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Thank you FaeryBee! You completely told me what I needed to know
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Welcome. I can not really add any more to what FaeryBee has said so I will just second all of the above. I too have two budgies that are in together as a pair, two males. They are so much fun to watch and even though they are no where near as tame as my sweet Budget, they do allow me to sit close and talk to them and generally interact they have on occasion come and sat on my shoulder, eat from my hand and are not scared.
Good luck with choosing your budgies how exciting !
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Thank you! I'm thinking of buying a pair of males and just quietly working beside them each night. I enjoy just listening to budgies chatter and watching them interact and play. Both of my last budgies weren't tame, but comfortable enough to have their cage near me while I read or worked. Thanks for the input!
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I think with some work and patience on your part, your new untame feller's will reach an acceptable level of relaxation and maybe even tameness for you...
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I'll tell you about the budgies I have (or had) It goes to show how individual personality makes such a difference too. In December 2012, I got 2 budgies, untamed from a pet store. Pix and Twigs. They lived together in the same cage from the begining, but despite that, Pix became fairly tame even without a lot of handling. Pix passed away last summer, and up until recently, Twigs was a single budgie (hung out with the parrots) but lived alone, and had no "real" bird friends. Even then, Twigs has never been hand tame, despite trying for longer than we had Pix. It's just his personality. He got to the point where he learned verbal commands, and would step up briefly only to get out of his cage, but although he wasn't afraid of us, he made it clear that he just wasn't interested in bonding to humans.

I think that even if you got "wild" ones, they'd eventually get a little more calm as they get used to you getting close and doing your routine cleaning, feeding, etc. It might take some time though.

Even though Twigs isn't hand tame, I just love him! He is so funny, adorably cute, and so entertaining to watch. Now, Mink my hand fed English girl is going wild too . I was going to separate her from Twigs again in another cage and work with her, we'll see, but it really isn't practical to do here, so I just might have 2 wild budgies to "look at". They're so cute and fun to watch, that it's worth it regardless of whether they're tame or not. It is a nice bonus if they are!

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