Just wondering if someone could give me a little advice about my recent new arrival
Will be around 11 or 12 weeks old.
Backstory: he (or she.. easier calling him a him for now haha, though I have a feeling he is a she) has been here for 2 weeks now. I don't think the breeder hand tamed them as such, but they weren't afraid of people. New guy (still thinking of a name!) has a large cage (about 40cmx50cmx65cm) with perches, food dishes, water etc.
Seemed quite happy and content, even just the day after getting him, he would follow anyone in the room around the cage, tweet, eat food in front of us, etc. Happy little birdie! That day he also seemed very eager to get out of his cage, I was a little iffy about that as I knew you should leave them in the cage for the initial period for them to get used to it. But after a few days, it felt mean to keep him in... he would chew on the bars, try to squeeze past my hands whenever I opened the door, try to open the doors with his beak etc... so I let him out, which he seems to love lol. He flies around chirping happily, and usually perches on top of the curtain rail.
I've had him a few weeks now, and one problem is that he just can't seem to tolerate being in his cage. In all his waking hours (if not eating) he's constantly chewing on the bars (I tried putting his cuttlefish where he normally chews but he just chews the bars around it >.<), trying to press his way out etc. The cage is safe, and there's no way he can hurt himself trying to escape, it's just not feasibly possible to have him out all the time like he wants to
And lately when I have been getting him out, he is becoming trickier and trickier to catch to go back in his cage... all he seems to do is perch and chirp constantly.. which I don't have a problem with, he just seems to not want to go back in his cage unless it's to sleep!
I have tried training him with millet. It works great when I take him out of the room his cage is in, I've taught him to step up, fly to my hand, etc, and he gobbles down that millet. He's friendly, loves perching on my shoulder, and even likes head rubs! However when it comes to the room where his cage is, he won't even touch millet, flies away whenever you come near, even if I'm not trying to get him back in his cage.. all he wants to do is perch and tweet.
TL;DR all budgie wants to do is escape cage to perch on curtain rail and chirp, won't go back in cage at all unless for sleep.
Any advice on how to train him to go back to his cage when he refuses millet... trying to catch him is taking longer and longer each day as he gets craftier! Wings are not clipped, would prefer to keep it that way, though if he continues being this crafty he might have to get them trimmed!
Also, the cage has plenty with perches and a few toys. I have ordered more toys, currently waiting for delivery... but he doesn't play with any of his current ones anyway. Any ideas of easy toys I can make while the order is shipped? I would buy from local pet shops, but charging $10 for a little plastic mirror or perch is a little too expensive unfortunately.
A last query... some help sexing him would be nice, I've been trying to hold off naming until it's apparent what sex he is
slightly better lighting and he's trying to escape.. typical
I've owned and tamed budgies before but his little guy is just stumping me on what to do!