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We have tried a lot now with our budgies but nothing seems to be working. They like millet but for some reason they are not interested when we have it.

I found the way to get them on my finger is to slowly approach them with one finger out to which about 10% of the time they will step up the rest of the time they will just fly away.

Once i have a budgie on my finger (10%) i will then try putting them into the cage which usually takes around 10 - 40 attempts.

It's getting to the point where i just don't want to let them out anymore which would be a shame because we have properly bird friendlied the room.

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wow the room, my budgie trust me by sitting on the finger but once i take her out she fly in the room for few seconds and go inside the cage. She eats millet from my hand. I dont have room like your dedicated for birds. I see you have lot of toys and perch a full setup for the bird which will make the cage bird very tempting to reside there instead of cage. I guess what you can do once they are out of cage just leave the cage door open and let them sit wherever they want, don't put them in cage by yourself. Eventually they will go back to their cage to eat and drink you know what i mean and this will become their habit to go inside the cage.

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Old 07-23-2015, 06:48 PM
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The budgies are still not any tamer and it has got to the point now i just don't like letting them out there cage. :/
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The budgies are still not any tamer and it has got to the point now i just don't like letting them out there cage. :/
Please keep, keep trying. Its not fair to your budgies to never be let out :/

The same thing happened to me at first, I got one budgie then added another a couple months later, then more months later I got another one. For a while they didn't care about me at all but I tried to do something with them every day (like a small training session with a clicker once or twice a day).

Do this during their normal feeding times in the morning and evening, I find that my budgies do not want to train outside of these times. Eventually the whole flock likes to hang out with me (and on me lol) They are super tame now.

There are a few options you can try now:

1. Are you on pellets? If not, change over to pellets and when you're successful and made sure they're getting enough food, take the seeds away if you are feeding seed. Only give seed as a reward, this seems to motivate them greatly. Supplement with vegetables and fruits occassionally (I don't restrict these foods). If you are worried about them getting enough fats, wait until the end of the day when you get them inside their cage for the last time, then you can feed seed.

2. I used the tent method that was detailed by someone else here in the training section of the message board. Buy a small tent (must be small to force them closer to you) and only let your bird out in the tent. Sit inside the tent and do stuff, like play on your computer etc. and keep the flap closed so your birds have to hang out with you. At first you don't even need to do anything to your bird, just sit around. Eventually when you start seeing signs of them being interested in you again, start making them work for their treats. Science shows that all animals would rather work for a reward than just get the reward alone. Use a clicker for this, it makes a big difference for training. When they are rebonded to you again, you can get rid of the tent forever.

3. Develop a plan to slowly ease your birds into a bedtime routine, do this same routine every night to prepare them before you try to get them to step up to go back into the cage. If they are a bit stubborn, lure them with millet seed and keep them chomping on air until you put them back in the cage. Once they're in the cage, praise and give them the treat. That's how I taught my birds that going back in the cage was good.

Just as with dogs, you can show that going back in the cage is not bad by taking them into the cage, giving them a treat and then taking them back out, rinse and repeat until you notice them starting to get bored. Then they'll learn that they won't be trapped in the cage every time you decide to put them in.

Hope this helps you, I personally used all these techniques and saw good results. It will take a few months, but you have to keep at it. Just 10 mins in the morning and 10 mins in the evening/night can make a big difference in you and your budgies lives

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Okay so we have decided to have one last attempt at training our budgies. The plan now is to take them into our on-suite bathroom which is tiny (i can touch each wall with my arms out) and handle them there where they can't really get away from us. Hopefully this will be the beginning of re-gaining there trust.

So after the first time taking them in there it went rather well and we have now determined that the least trained budgie is pip, which is also the second one we got. Our other budgie Lola seemed to be the easiest to get on my finger and handle.

I will post images every now and again to show our progress. Here are some photos of the progress we have had today alone.






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Okay so we have decided to have one last attempt at training our budgies. The plan now is to take them into our on-suite bathroom which is tiny (i can touch each wall with my arms out) and handle them there where they can't really get away from us. Hopefully this will be the beginning of re-gaining there trust.

So after the first time taking them in there it went rather well and we have now determined that the least trained budgie is pip, which is also the second one we got. Our other budgie Lola seemed to be the easiest to get on my finger and handle.

I will post images every now and again to show our progress. Here are some photos of the progress we have had today alone.






Nice job! Good call choosing the bathroom, the floor will be super easy to clean too with all millet husks from training
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We have been trying to train out budgies for quiet some time now and it was going well when we took them into a different room but back in the normal room they are back to normal. They wont come near us at all.

Don't know what to do with them. I just lose my temper following them round the room trying to get them back in their cage.
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Do they like millet?

In addition to two untamed budgies and the process I use with them described in the previous post, I also have two untamed lovebirds that are given out-of-cage time every day (in a separate room).

My method with them follows:

When out of cage time begins, their flight cage is rolled into my bathroom where they have a lovely playgym, a bar in the window with toys and a bar that stretches across the room containing toys for their entertainment.

I remove their food and water dishes from the cage and open the door for them to come out.

When I'm ready for them to go back in their cage, I take sprig of millet no longer than 3-4" and I stand next to their flight cage holding it on with my arm resting on top of their cage.

When they land on the top of the cage to sample it, I let them have a few bites while I praise them and tell them what good birdies they are. Then I move the millet down the side of the cage and hold it just inside the door. They have a perch located right inside their cage so when they move down and step onto the perch then I hold the millet so they can eat some, and gently close the door of the cage as far as possible with my hand still inside.

After that, I remove my hand and feed each of them a couple of the small millet balls through the cage bars, again praising them for being good birdies.

Then I move their cage back in my bedroom and give them fresh water and their food dishes.

Everybirdie is happy!
This sounds like a great method.
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This sounds like a great method.
Tried it, they are never interested in what we have.
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My bird was never interested in millet either. Try to set up a regular bed time for them, then allow them to come out an hour or two before that bed time, they'll go back in when it's time to settle down, praise them and give millet or a treat they enjoy.

Try a perch instead of your hand if they don't like stepping up. If my bird's being particularly picky I'll close the cage door, not being able to get in when they want seems to make it a much for exciting place.

Finally have you tried cleaning/ moving toys/perches around when you what them to go back in? That seems to spark curiosity in my bird and she flies in to have a look around while I'm moving things.
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