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Old 07-03-2015, 03:50 AM
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I came home from my holiday yesterday, and Spencer has been acting strange. He won't come anywhere near me! I put my hand in with some millet and he runs away, and he LOVES his millet. He keeps hiding whenever I go near his cage, or he just glares at me...
(I think the lady who was meant to be keeping an eye on the pets didn't check spencer while we were away, only the kitties :angry1
And to top it off, training is going nowhere. He will (warily sometimes, happily others) eat millet from my hand, but still doesn't trust it in his cage. Strangely, he will sometimes let me stroke his back....
Need reassurance!

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Old 07-03-2015, 04:34 AM
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Try not to be discouraged, sometimes there are setbacks and remember you have had Spencer for a short amount of time and you were also away for a few days where he couldn't see and be with you.
Go back to the beginning and start just by spending time close to his cage, talk or read to him in a gentle, soothing way. Having a positive attitude when interacting with Spencer will do wonders in the long run.
Budgies like other pet birds are able to pick up our moods and sense when we are feeling more anxious or frustrated and that can have an impact on their behaviour as well, that's why it's important to be in good frame of mind and show love, positivity and understanding towards them and to go at their own pace.
When you see that Spencer is showing more curiosity and is actually moving closer to you when you sit by his cage, then you can proceed with the next step in training, and start by slowly placing your hand inside the cage and offering him a little treat.

You will see that your boy will come around soon, good luck!
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Old 07-03-2015, 06:28 AM
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When I put Henry in with Pippin, they both became extra scared of my hand and ran away from me when I came near the cage. Henry loved his millet and even jumped on my hand to get at it and learned step up but he has stopped doing that so I just left them alone for a few days. After that basically started taming all over again. I'm on putting my hand on the cage stage and talking to them lots and they are getting better.

I guess we really do have to move at their pace, even if it means starting all over again.
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Akela,

aluz has given you excellent advice.

You were aware before you left that it would probably mean a set-back with Spencer so his behavior should not be discouraging to you nor should it come as a surprise.

It takes time, patience and understanding for your budgie to learn to trust you. You've been away and to him you trying to interact with him is as if it's all new again since he'd been with you for only a very short time.

Follow the advice you've been offered and in time you and Spencer will build a bond of trust.
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I agree, I can't really add much else. Just don't be discouraged, Spencer still loves you, he's just a little uncertain right now
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Hey Akela, it will be all good...
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