To fly or not to fly - that is the question - Talk Budgies Forums


User Menu
Forum Home
Budgie Gallery
Budgie FAQ
Site Guidelines
How-To-Guide
Members List
Today's Posts
Log In
Register now!
Search



Advanced Search
Popular Forums
Announcements

Budgie Articles

Budgie Talk

Budgie Pictures

Budgie Videos

Budgie Behavior

Determining Gender

Your Budgie's Health

Taming and Bonding

Budgie Breeding

In Memory

Other Birds

Contests

Chit Chat

Site Information

Talk Network
Talk Budgies
Talk Cockatiels
Talk Parrotlets
Talk Parrots
Sponsored Ads

Go Back   Talk Budgies Forums > Budgie Talk > General Budgie Talk


Closed Thread
 
Short URL LinkBack Thread Tools
  #1  
Old 08-01-2015, 10:24 AM
tracytownsend27's Avatar
tracytownsend27 (Tracy)
Hatchling
State:
 
Profile:tracytownsend27 is offline
Gender:
Number of Budgies: 2
Budgie Experience Level: Budgie Lover
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: San Antonio, TX
Posts: 165
Gallery: 21
Karma:
Points: 111
Rep Power: 9
tracytownsend27 will become famous soon enoughtracytownsend27 will become famous soon enough
Default To fly or not to fly - that is the question

As most of you know, I just got a new boy, Dorian, and I have been working with him and Rio to try to tame them. Before Bleu died, I would give her flight time in my room 2 or 3 days a week. She was only half tamed, so I had to get creative on how I got her back into the cage. When I decided I had enough time to let her out, I would take away her food about 30 minutes before I would open her cage. After I let her out, she would spend a lot of time on my ceiling fan (turned off, of course) and flying from high furniture to the top of my drapes and back to the ceiling fan. When she seemed to be tired, I would start trying to get her back into the cage. I would use a long dowel perch (about 30 inches) to try to get her to step up. Sometimes she would step up onto it, and I could get her back into her cage. If that didn't work, then I would hang some millet right inside her open cage door. I had two perches outside the cage, and she would usually fly to a perch and climb back in. Sometimes this could take a while, but I wanted her to have some flight time each week to keep her healthy and happy.

Rio, on the other hand, has never been outside his cage. Even when Bleu was around, he wouldn't come out. If she was out, he would spend most of his time squaking and squeeling at her. I imagine he was yelling something like, "Are you crazy, woman? Get back in here!" Now that he is in his new flight cage, he probably won't want to come out, but I feel like he needs to stretch his wings, so to speak.

So, I guess my question is, should I try to get him to come out and fly, even though he's not hand tamed yet, and maybe never will be? Or should I just leave him alone and let him stay in his cage? I feel like if Rio comes out, then when Dorian joins him in the new cage, he will come out, too.

__________________
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #2  
Old 08-01-2015, 11:45 AM
Pretty boy's Avatar
Pretty boy (Cathy)
Veteran Budgie
State:
 
Profile:Pretty boy is offline
Gender:
Number of Budgies: 4
Budgie Experience Level: Budgie Lover
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Karridale, west australia
Posts: 12,513
Gallery: 0
Karma:
Points: 8700
Rep Power: 29
Pretty boy has a reputation beyond reputePretty boy has a reputation beyond reputePretty boy has a reputation beyond reputePretty boy has a reputation beyond reputePretty boy has a reputation beyond reputePretty boy has a reputation beyond reputePretty boy has a reputation beyond reputePretty boy has a reputation beyond reputePretty boy has a reputation beyond reputePretty boy has a reputation beyond reputePretty boy has a reputation beyond repute
Default

This is a tricky one, some budgies do like to stay in their comfort zone and be safe. I haven't had a budgie who chooses this option all of my birds have loved to be out of the cage.
Is Bleu happy to step up? If not , I would work on this before trying to get him to come out, Let him feel safe on your finger, then work on him sitting on a perch on the outside of the cage. Slowly but surely.
__________________
  #3  
Old 08-01-2015, 01:43 PM
tracytownsend27's Avatar
tracytownsend27 (Tracy)
Hatchling
State:
 
Profile:tracytownsend27 is offline
Gender:
Number of Budgies: 2
Budgie Experience Level: Budgie Lover
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: San Antonio, TX
Posts: 165
Gallery: 21
Karma:
Points: 111
Rep Power: 9
tracytownsend27 will become famous soon enoughtracytownsend27 will become famous soon enough
Default

Bleu has passed, but I did start with stepping up on my finger with her. She would step up on my hand to eat. Eventually, she would step up on my finger, but usually is was for seed or millet. When she was out of her cage, she would occasionally land on my hand to eat a treat.

I think I will do the same with Rio and Dorian. Right now they will both take millet from my hand. They are not as skittish as in the beginning. Once they are more comfortable with that, I will hold seed or millet in my hand and try to get them to step up. After they are comfortable with that, I will try to bring one of them out of the cage to sit on a perch. I will have to observe them closely to see which one is more outgoing and bring him out first.
__________________
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #4  
Old 08-01-2015, 03:59 PM
StarlingWings's Avatar
Super Moderator // MEMBER OF THE YEAR 2015


 
Profile:StarlingWings is offline
Gender:
Number of Budgies: 1
Budgie Experience Level: Budgie Lover
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 17,627
Gallery: 0
Karma:
Points: 12055
Rep Power: 38
StarlingWings has a reputation beyond reputeStarlingWings has a reputation beyond reputeStarlingWings has a reputation beyond reputeStarlingWings has a reputation beyond reputeStarlingWings has a reputation beyond reputeStarlingWings has a reputation beyond reputeStarlingWings has a reputation beyond reputeStarlingWings has a reputation beyond reputeStarlingWings has a reputation beyond reputeStarlingWings has a reputation beyond reputeStarlingWings has a reputation beyond repute
Default

I agree I think that your plan is very good. Some budgies prefer to be in their "comfort zone" as Cathy said, but as long as you're in the room you can leave their door open and maybe put out a little play gym with millet to see if that entices them. If one of them goes out, chances are the other will learn from the "role model". Also, since they are in a flight cage now, he does have room to stretch his wings so if he really refuses to come out, just keep offering the chance to him and maybe someday he'll decide to explore
__________________

~StarlingWings~
and Princess Mallorn!
Thank you to Deb for her wonderful Faery magic
Closed Thread



Bookmarks

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:45 AM.



Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright © 2000- 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.1
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Copyright © 2006 - , 2403 Networks LLC. All rights reserved.