I've had Horatio since the middle of March when she was about 7 weeks old. It seems as though people manage to hand tame their birds within a matter of weeks or a few months but Horatio isn't getting there! She doesn't fly away from me but she definitely doesn't like my hand. For example, this morning she was on her play area and I was feeding her millet. I put my other hand next to it and she just started going for it, just biting away! I didn't know whether to pull away, make a noise or leave my hand there! I left it there for awhile then just said 'no' and moved it away slowly. Tried again and the same thing happened. Feeling a bit disheartened now as I can't see how to improve things at all I wonder whether I'm just not spending enough time with her or that she just won't be that sort of budgie! Any advice would be great as she's actually made me a bit teary today!!
All birds are individuals but I'd just spend more time with her, especially
hand time. Keep your hand there, don't be aggressive but just there.
Millet helps. If you withdraw, she thinks I'm getting rid of this pest.
Persevere being calm, ok to talk to her. If she was two months old when
you got her, she might still be thinking about your hand and soon you
being "part" of her "social life". Don't give up now.
Budgies can be independent little creatures. Do you have a lot of time to spend with her? If not, it will take longer for her to bond with you. Try not to worry, every animal is different. Just accept Horatio's personality as it is and be happy.
I agree with all the other advice--Budgies all have different personalities.
Definitely there's been a lot of "I tamed my budgie in 2 weeks" success stories lately, but don't feel discouraged! My little girl took almost three months to tame completely, as she's always been flighty. Just keep working with her and don't give up--some day the moment of truth will come and she'll reach through the cage bars to preen a strand of your hair or decide to land on you during out of cage time.
You're doing great, keep up the good work!
and Princess Mallorn!
Thank you to Deb for her wonderful Faery magic
Sophie, I am sorry you feeling a bit down. training budgies is not as easy as some may say. from the sounds of things you have already made amazing in roads you can be very proud of yourself. All budgies have their own personality as you know, to me it sounds like you have a feisty little hen who believes she owns her territory. Her play area, millet and cage are hers to protect as she sees it.
In the over all time frame really it is still a relative short time, please don't feel sad I am sure she will improve with a little more time and you two getting to know one another .
I am sure if you keep up what you are doing he will mellow over time! I have had long termers before, they seem to need you to grow on them. You may well do this already, but I have found most success with these temperaments through maximum eye contact while they are in the cage, blinking, winking and copying their behaviour such as nodding and yawning. Gradually I am sure Horatio will thaw out!
Well this morning I opened her cage door and knelt down in front of it. I called her and she came right out and started doing loads of head bobbing??!!! Then happily ate her millet and not my finger!!!! Not sure what the head bobbing is all about though!
That generally means a happy budgie Sophie! Try bobbing back at her, they often like that, especially if you make clicking noises with your tongue! Clicking and bobbing in time with eachother should make her feel you are communicating with her.