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Old 07-28-2015, 03:43 PM
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Hello all! I am a new budgie owner and just joined the forum. I brought my two budgies home 3 days ago and they seem to be settling in well but I have a couple of questions.

The younger and more outgoing one (I think he is a male but it is too early to be sure) took to me very quickly. He will eat millet from my hand and steps up on my finger with some encouragement (and luring with the millet). My issue is he is constantly chirping like he is calling to me (pretty much a single note over and over). I know budgies make a lot of noise and I am not complaining, I grew up with two African Grey's so I know how loud birds can be, but I am concerned I am teaching him a bad habit. I've been using millet several times a day to gain his confidence and get him used to my hand and I think he might be yelling at me for more! Every time I work with him, as soon as I take my hand (and therefore the millet) out of the cage he starts chirping non-stop. Should I not be using millet and just use by bare hand instead? Is it just my imagination that he is insisting on my attention and more millet? I just don't want to create a situation where he thinks he is in charge!

My second question is about my shyer male, he is very very quiet. He took longer to look comfortable in his cage and has been a little slower with the whole process of getting to know me, taking his lead from the younger one. I know he isn't too scared because he will also eat from my hand, and stepped on it for just a second today, but he rarely talks. I've probably only heard him make noise a couple of times. Do some birds just not chirp very much? I was expecting them to both be very chatty so his silence is a little unsettling.

Thanks in advance for your advice! I am already in love with my two little guys and want to make sure I am doing everything right!

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Are your budgies hand-reared from a breeder or from a pet store?

Generally, with budgies that have not been hand-reared, it is recommended you not touch or try to "tame" your birds for at least a couple of weeks to allow them to settle into their new enviornment.

Budgies are often submissive initially because they are terrified.

To build your budgieís trust, sit by his cage and read, talk or sing quietly to him 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 him so he'll learn that your hand is safe and will not hurt him.

After a week, rest your hand inside the cage when you talk.
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After 2 weeks, begin moving your hand slowly toward your budgie and begin your taming and bonding sessions.

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Thanks for the response! My budgies are from the pet store unfortunately. I have been very cautious not to do anything to pressure them in any way though. The first couple days I left them completely alone and just sat next to them doing my work and talking with them. I tried offering them millet through the bars of the cage at the end of day 2 and the smaller one came running very quickly to get it and showed no fear. This is what prompted me to try starting to work with him.

At first I just held the millet at the opposite side of the cage, and within a couple minutes he was inching his way towards me and then eating eagerly. I petted his belly a little with one of my fingers while he was eating and he hardly seemed to notice. By the next morning he was climbing on my hand to reach the millet when I held it just out of reach. He seems totally comfortable and approaches my hand with no hesitation. He is very young, he still has the lines on his forehead, so maybe that is why he is so willing to approach me.

The second one had definitely seemed more skittish and I haven't even tried to approach him. He comes over to eat the millet after the smaller one has started and has walked over my hand a few times but I haven't tried to get him to do anything he doesn't want to. He seems content in his home though and doesn't run or anything when I change the food and water dishes, currently he is sitting with his feathers puffed taking a nap.
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As long as you are going slowly and allowing the two budgies to set the pace then what you are currently doing is just fine.

I'm glad the one seems eager to interact with you.
Sometimes one gets lucky and has a pet-store budgie that shows trust right away and is easy to tame and bond with.
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Hi there and welcome

I agree with Deborah regarding training and taming I think that you should also try a couple of times a day to just get them used to your hand without millet, so they learn to recognize you as a friend, not just for food. I think it's interesting that the more outgoing one calls for you when you leave, I think it's possible he's flock calling as he's begun to see you as family

By the way, it's not to early to tell the gender of your budgies! Young males have pink or purple smooth ceres, sort of waxy looking, and young females have chalky white and pale blue ceres.
You can post a picture in the "Sexing Budgies" subforums and our experts will be happy to tell you their gender! Close up, in focus, no flash pictures are best.
It sounds like both will be very good friends to you and each other, it's a good sign the more skittish one comes to eat millet after the other one has started, I'm sure he'll warm up once he has a role model

Hope to see pictures of your cuties and it's wonderful to have you on the forums. If you have any questions, please be sure to ask as we'd love to help!
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Thanks for the info! I didn't know you could tell the gender of a budgie at such an early age! I thought you had to wait a bit to be totally sure. I went over and posted some pics on the gender page so we shall see! I'm starting to think my little one is a girl....oh well, he/she is cute either way Here's a pic of my two pretty birdies!
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