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Old 08-25-2015, 12:31 AM
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Exclamation Having issues :( please help

Well, i got my first budgie 2 days ago and have been overly "social" with him and he appears to be scared of me. Also earlier today he escaped and was flying around so we had to capture him with a cloth and put him back in the cage, he just climbed up on the ladder and has not moved since. So i was watching some tutorials earlier on earning your budgies trust, and well i failed step 1: it was something like letting your budgie settle in and be very quiet and let them just do their thing and in a few days start to approach it slowly by talking to it followed by touching the cage and then touching the inside of the cage. Well i did the approaching thing WAY to early (1st and 2nd day) and we have been talking to him and i have tried putting my finger around a little in the cage... so he appears really terrified, so my question is: is there still hope? Will it just take a little longer?

Also, i mean i could just let him settle in for a week or so and calm down but this is my first bird and as said above "Im a complete newbie". So any ideas on what i can do to earn his trust?

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Old 08-25-2015, 01:02 AM
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Bertram is so adorable.

It's okay. He's a bit shaken up, but if you respect that, you can get back on track. For the first couple of weeks, he's going to be wondering what's going on. But as time goes on, he'll get used to his environment and his personality will start to shine.

First thing you want to do is make him feel safe. So consider covering his cage on three sides. It'll give him a place to hide.

Next, just spend the next week or two, kicking back quietly next to his cage. Talking to him softly. Grab a book and read -- even aloud to him. Get him used to your presence.

Bring him millet when you visit him: just a little piece or two so he starts associating you with positive things. After about a week or so, you can start really getting him used to your hand by resting it near or in his cage when you chill out with him.

After another week or so of that (watch your budgie's reactions to know when he's comfortable!), you can start moving to bonding and training. (I'd totally suggest looking into clicker training!)

Deborah has a bunch of good suggestions written up somewhere but I naturally can't seem to find them right now.

In any case, you're okay. Let him take the time he needs to adjust to his new home. If you can let him do that, it'll make everything a lot easier down the road.

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Old 08-25-2015, 04:50 AM
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Since you only have had your Bertram for 2 days, you need to let your budgie adjust to the new environment and settle in more. For the first couple weeks, take things really slow, sit close by Bertram's cage and get him/her used to your voice. Talk to your budgie in a calm, positive and encouraging way.
This is very important when it comes to establishing the foundations of trust.
During this time, try to avoid sudden movements with your arms/hands when near the cage, when changing the food and water do so as if you are in slow motion in order to not startle Bertram.
As time goes by, your budgie will begin to give you hints when he/she is feeling more comfortable around you. If you notice Bertram moving closer to you when you are sitting close to the cage, this is a good sign and then you can start by slowly introducing your hand to him to offer Bertram a little treat to eat to encourage him/her to step to your hand , again baby steps, by reading your budgie's body language you will know when to stop or when to continue with training.

Be sure to check the stickies on the Training and Bonding section of the forums for all the detailed info and tips on how to tame your budgie.
Best of luck with little Bertram!
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Old 08-25-2015, 09:22 AM
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These are the suggestions Celyia was referring to in her post. Actually she covered them very well already but I'll post them again.

Budgies are often submissive for a few days because they're terrified.

Do not handle or touch him for about 2 weeks.

To build your budgie’s 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.
Don’t make sudden moves, don’t try to touch him.
Let his get used to the idea that the hand is now in his safe place and not harming him.
After 2 weeks, begin moving your hand slowly toward your budgie and begin your taming and bonding sessions.
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I agree completely Don't worry--I'm sure little Bertram will settle in soon!

Keep us posted! If you'd like, you can post a "training journal" to keep us updated on his progress
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