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Old 11-07-2015, 09:38 AM
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Im a very new member here and still new to owning a Budgie. I inherited my current budgie boy calld Pepi from my nan when she sadly passed away in March of this year. He is not tame and she never really let him out etc. He does trust my hand to give him food but he does not step up or anything. He is no trouble and I love hearing him sing etc.

Now I will be re homing another bird, a female this time, from my cousin. She has met Pepi before as he looked after him when nan was in hospital but they never came out as neither of them come out of the cage.

I know that you put the cages together so they can see eachother, talk etc and I have read the post on introducing them but because neither of them come out (and when they do they fly around mentally and just wont come near you), how will I introduce them to eventually be in the same cage (my cousins bird has a cage big enough for 2 birds)

Thanks in advance for your help I am trying to soak up all information about Budgies they are such amazing creatures!

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I'm glad you are giving a good chance at a better life for both of these budgies.
Before properly introducing the budgies, it's important that you start to work with them in order to develop the foundations of trust.
While it can take more time in training them, it would greatly benefit your budgies if they were at the very least finger tamed, as in stepping up to your finger whenever it's offered.
This may prove useful when you need to have a more thorough check on your budgies, to help them coming out and getting back into the cage and for any future vet visits.
Once your budgies get used to the room you have them in, you can place a little play area for them near the cages and place a couple of perches on the cage's bars, near the door so that they can acclimate themselves to being out and to take their pace in coming out and not freak out with the change.

You should give both of your budgies some time, at least a couple of weeks for them to get reacquainted before they move in together. When it's time for the moving in, make sure you rearrange the whole cage (do a total cage makeover) in order to limit any issues with territorial dominance that your budgie may express towards the other.

Good luck with everything.
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Thank you Aluz!

I have another issue. I have a jack russell so I can not really just "let them out" as well the breed are trained to kill small animals. Last time Pepi came out, he locked Jim Jim in my room for an hour. Pepi just flew around mentally and hit the windows and ended up hiding under the sofa!

Its going to take alot of work with these two. I just want to make sure they have a great life and are healthy, happy and well looked after and well of course LOVED!

For the play area I am trying to figure out how to do that. I have tall bookcase that has a gap behind it so if one flew or fell behind I can not easily get to them. I worry alot about them hurting themselves
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Up until recently, I also had a dog and when having pets of different species and sizes on a household, we really need to take the proper safety precautions and this can easily be achieved by having them in separate rooms.
Whenever your budgies are let out of their cages, the door to the room they are in must be closed (same goes for windows for obvious reasons) and your dog should not have access to the budgie's room during this time.
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Also, remember to quarantine both birds from each other before starting to introduce them. You just never know what the new bird may have now. This goes for all new birds, not just ones you've already met.

Enough with the heavy, I am so glad that you took in Pepi, and that you're going to take in a little girl. We would love to see pictures when you have the chance!!!
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Also, remember to quarantine both birds from each other before starting to introduce them. You just never know what the new bird may have now. This goes for all new birds, not just ones you've already met.

Enough with the heavy, I am so glad that you took in Pepi, and that you're going to take in a little girl. We would love to see pictures when you have the chance!!!
Yup I made sure to read some of the threads on here on new bird arrivals into the home I didnt think twice about rehoming both of them. My nan was such an amazing lady and we miss her so much. Pepi is a delight to have! Here is a pic of Pepi



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Up until recently, I also had a dog and when having pets of different species and sizes on a household, we really need to take the proper safety precautions and this can easily be achieved by having them in separate rooms.
Whenever your budgies are let out of their cages, the door to the room they are in must be closed (same goes for windows for obvious reasons) and your dog should not have access to the budgie's room during this time.
Indeed I did that the first time Pepi came out. I admit its been a little while since he came out, I am waiting until the new arrival has settled in once we have her. I will post pics to see if it is indeed a female once she is here, my cousin used the words "shes female or so we were told" haha
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I'm glad to hear that you have obviously done your research for these little ones. Karma to you for taking them both in without a second thought. That is just amazing!!! You had better watch though, word could get out that you're taking in unwanted or "can't care for them anymore" birds. Your number could go from 2 to 20 fast, lol. My number went from 1 to 2 in two weeks. And from 2 to 8 in less than a year, haha.
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It's awesome that you're taking in both of them

I agree with everything aluz said, it is best to at least have them finger tame before introducing them to each other. Try feeding them their favorite treat (millet, veggies, fruits, etc) through the bars, or in the cage if they are ok with that. Sing, talk, read, or whistle to them when you are by their cages to get them used to you.

You can now rest your hand at the bottom of the cages and just talk or give them a treat. You can do this for about 20-30 minutes a day (doesn't have to be all at one time) until they are comfortable with this. Slowly progress towards your budgie as the days go by until you can put your hand right next or close to your budgies feet.

Try extending your finger and push up under your budgie's belly. This will encourage the budgie to step up. If your budgie just puts one foot up on your finger, thats progress! Give him/her a treat. If your budgie runs away, take a step back.

Some budgies may take longer or shorter to tame, but be patient! It is way worth it in the end!
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I'm glad to hear that you have obviously done your research for these little ones. Karma to you for taking them both in without a second thought. That is just amazing!!! You had better watch though, word could get out that you're taking in unwanted or "can't care for them anymore" birds. Your number could go from 2 to 20 fast, lol. My number went from 1 to 2 in two weeks. And from 2 to 8 in less than a year, haha.
Aww thank you I have always wanted a bird for a pet and my parents had a Parrot but it bonded to me dad and hated everyone haha So I never had the chance to even feel like a bird owner. Now I will be having 2 in the space of 7 months haha I shall keep it on the low about taking birds in

I am so excited to have the little girl home on Monday! I think I might re name her as I was told she never responded to her name. I will see what name pops up when shes been here for a while


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It's awesome that you're taking in both of them

I agree with everything aluz said, it is best to at least have them finger tame before introducing them to each other. Try feeding them their favorite treat (millet, veggies, fruits, etc) through the bars, or in the cage if they are ok with that. Sing, talk, read, or whistle to them when you are by their cages to get them used to you.

You can now rest your hand at the bottom of the cages and just talk or give them a treat. You can do this for about 20-30 minutes a day (doesn't have to be all at one time) until they are comfortable with this. Slowly progress towards your budgie as the days go by until you can put your hand right next or close to your budgies feet.

Try extending your finger and push up under your budgie's belly. This will encourage the budgie to step up. If your budgie just puts one foot up on your finger, thats progress! Give him/her a treat. If your budgie runs away, take a step back.

Some budgies may take longer or shorter to tame, but be patient! It is way worth it in the end!
Oh yes I have made sure to read up on how to tame them and gain their trust. Pepi already allows me to feed him Millet inside the cage from my hand. He has never bitten me, he kinda licks my finger and nudges it with his beak.
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Thats great progress!
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