Is my budgie too wild? It's been a month since I found someone's budgie outdoors and she is still scared of me, especially my hand. I talk to her calmly and sweetly everyday. Sometimes she will come to me without my hand in the cage and turn upside down and chirp. She also pulls off her feed tray and ladder when she gets agitated and I'm not around her. I have read not to place hand above them because it scares them. I read to place a piece of millet on my fingers, get as close as I can to her and talk and wait for her to approach it and maybe step up on my finger or hand. I have tried this for a week now and she will not approach. I wait and talk to her and if she backs off, I pull out of the cage and try later. How do I catch her when the cage needs to be cleaned? I have two cages and like to switch over.Do I use a cloth to cover her gently when I pick her up? I've heard females are harder to train, but can be. Sometimes I feel like I take one step forward and two steps backward.
It takes a lot of time and patience to tame and bond with a budgie and a month isn't long at all.
The budgie has to learn to fully trust you and sometimes it will be one step forward and two steps back - that's completely normal.
It sounds as if she's made VERY good progress in a short time to me. We don't know if she was ever hand-tamed before you found her so you have to assume you are starting from scratch.
I would not recommend trying to pick her up with a cloth as that is going to set back any progress you've made as far as her trust in you goes.
If you really need to switch her from one cage to the other, remove everything from the cage she's in except for one perch, arrange the other cage including her food and water and place the cage openings next to one another.
She'll move over into the other cage when she's hungry or thirsty.
Take a look through the stickies in the training and bonding section of the forum.
Oh thank you so much for the info. I knew I was upsetting her when it came to switching cages and I just felt so bad. I want her to be happy and contented. I'm trying to find her a cage that is longer in width than height, cause I heard that was best since they fly forward and not straight up. Which makes sense to me. Again, thanks. Here is a pic of where I caught her. She was feeding with my outside birds but flew to the empty birdhouse going in and out, so I used a fish net to catch her. I had to stop and freeze several times to inch my way closer, cause she was eyeing me. lol She bit me good. I knew she would, that's why it took me a few days to get her when I got close. She really is a sweety though.