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Old 09-14-2015, 10:46 AM
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Sydney has been with me a week today and has settled amazingly well. He's not bothered by me in the slightest so today I put my hand in his cage, just by the door. He came over and gentles nibbled my finger until I stretched it out and then he hopped on! We stood like that for a while. I get the impression he is very keen to come out for a play but I mist admit I'm feeling quite nervous about it!
I've read all about budgie proofing so i think we're ok in terms of that. Also I understand about him getting his bearings and how it may take a while. What I'm worried about is that although he seems confident with me in the safety of his cage, what if I let him out and something happens but he won't come to me because we aren't actually bonded? I'm hoping we are bonded because he does respond well to me and seemed cautious of my mother in law (who can blame him ) But I'd hate to end up in a situation where I accidentally scare him.

I'm really stuck! Do I let him out and hope for the best? Or do I try playing in his cage more, even though I know he really is very keen to come out. He just seems so young and new to me!

Also I'll admit I'm worried he won't go back in his cage! I've read all the very helpful threads on what to do to encourage him back in but I'm still quite unsure.

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If you are feeling very anxious/nervous and don't feel confident enough to let your boy out yet, then you can keep up with the training and interactions with Sydney inside the cage.

By giving it more time and work on perfecting the step ups, you will feel more confident in letting him out in the near future.
During close interaction and training it's best to not let our insecurities show, because that will make our pet bird insecure too. If Sydney ends up sneaking out of the cage try not to freak out, take a few good and deep breaths and try to calmly deal with it so that your boy has a positive first experience when out of the cage.

You can also start by placing one of his perches on the bars on the outside part of the cage and near the door and place a little play area for Sydney (a play gym if you have one) also somewhat close to the cage so he gets used to it. This may also spark some curiosity on your boy's part and can keep him from flying up high and landing on the curtains when he is out.
You can also use a perch for Sydney to step into when he is having his out of cage time and you want him to go back to the cage.

Good luck with everything!
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Thank you. I think I will take your advice and continue inside the cage for now. He seems happy enough in there but very interested in the outside world! I have a feeling he will make a bid for freedom but if he does I guess that's him just showing me he's definitely ready (it's quite a small door so he'd have to climb up my hand and arm to get out).
I'll aim for a couple of days of in the cage, him getting more confident with me and sitting on my finger, then I'll feel more confident that he'll be comfortable to do it when he's out too.
Thank you. I'd forgotten how nerve wrecking having a new baby can be!
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You're most welcome! I'm wishing success on your Sydney's first outing!
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Aluz has given excellent advice for anyone who is yet to take his/her bird out for the first time. While my birds used to warm up to me whenever in cage, whenever I took them out, they were scared and regarded me as a complete stranger outside. They also used to pant previously when taken out. But thankfully, now they've become very used to being taken out and few of them would even land on my shoulder while flying which is an accomplishment for me.
I have heard that millet sprays can be of help while getting the birds to leave the cage.
One should be very careful when the birds are taken out in the beginning. If a bird accidentally crashes and lands on the floor, do not rush to pick it up. Let it settle down and gently hold them. Also be careful and watch your step as there have been many accidents on the part of owners.(if you know what I mean).
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Thank you for your good advice, especially
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One should be very careful when the birds are taken out in the beginning. If a bird accidentally crashes and lands on the floor, do not rush to pick it up. Let it settle down and gently hold them.(if you know what I mean).
I know what I am like when my dogs panic, I rush to their aid but they are used to me (and dogs!) so completely different. I will be cautious to reign in my natural Mummy instincts and think what is best for Sydney.
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I agree It's great that you're thinking of doing things at his pace, which I think will really help when you let him out the first time. When I started letting my girl out the first time, I actually would spread a towel with millet on it on the floor and put her cage on the floor so she could hop onto the floor and walk around a bit to experience getting out of the cage. Another thing I did was let her out and just watch her (it takes lots of self control to not rush after them like fretting mother hens ) and when she looked apprehensive, I'd slowly walk/crawl up to her (when they're on the floor, sometimes it's best to crawl at first so they can see you at somewhat eye-level) and reassure her that everything was okay.

Perches are good for back-in-cage time, also you can move the cage to the center of the room as it makes for a convenient landing pad

I hope his first outing goes well!!
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I had my hand in his cage earlier whilst sorting his food and water etc. I tried to take his ladder out for a quick clean but as soon as I lifted it he jumped on it and stood looking so pleased with himself I had to stand holding it and talking to him for ages until he eventually moved. It was good to see, now I'm feeling more confident that he'll feel comfortable jumping on that when out the cage. I think his first outing will be any day now!
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