I got myself a couple of new budgies just over a week ago. I previously had a single budgie for around 3 years that was a brilliant pet, very tame and wanted to be out of the cage and climbing on me all the time. I've got the new budgies home and it's quite weird now going back to birds that are terrified of my hands and running away whenever I go near them. My plan is to take it slow and try get them used to me bit by bit. I spoke to the breeder and he said to gently grab them and get them out of the cage but I don't know if I agree with that as I think it will make them more afraid??
Anyway, they are two males, both with clipped wings, which is something I personally wouldn't do but as they had already been done I figured it's not too bad as they will grow out on the next molt. They were also hand reared and have not gone near the millet spray which I put in for them which I find strange. Is this something they will learn that they love over time?
I'm beginning to think maybe I should have got some from an aviary without clipped wings that were already eating millet spray etc as it's hard to tame these without having a treat that I can offer them, but I have these now and they are stunning colours (which is the reason I got them) so I want to make sure I'm doing everything right to help them become tame.
Welcome to the forums and congratulations on your new budgie friends!
If your budgies have never in their life seen a spray of millet then it's very likely that they don't associate it with food and it can certainly take them some time to investigate the "foreign object" and try it out.
You can use another type of treat, like a favourite veggie for example to use as reward during training. You can also take advantage of your voice and use praise words in a positive tone as a reward.
It's not advisable to forcefully grab a pet bird as this will only promote a negative reaction and instil fear on your budgies. The key is to earn your budgies' trust and to make them realize you are not a threat. And for that your budgies will first need to get used to your presence and voice and this is done by spending some time sitting close to the cage and talking to your budgies in a soothing, reassuring, encouraging and positive way. By reading your budgies body language, you will know when to take the next step in training which would be to teach the step up command.
Be sure to check all the detailed info and tips on how to form a long lasting bond and how to tame your budgies by going through the sticky threads at the Taming and Bonding section of Talk Budgies. https://talkbudgies.com/290-taming-bonding/
Best of luck with your new budgie boys!
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You are missed and never will be forgotten.
Greetings welcome to the forum.I agree with aluz completely.perhaps some soothing music and tv,when you're away .plus use positive gentle talking and praising it.you can use the millet sprays well your hand rest gently to show it has nothing to fear from you,after they have settled in well and adjusted to having you around.with time and patients your budgies should be trusting you more.I wish you well and many happy years together.hope to see some photos soon.blessings and glad you joined us.we're here for you.
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We'd love to see pictures of your budgies.
Have you named them yet?
Since it's been awhile since you've had untamed budgies, I'll just add a quick refresher for you.
Budgies are often submissive for the first few days simply because they are terrified.
You can cover the top and three sides of the cage to help the budgie feel more secure. Playing music for him when you aren't around will be helpful as well. Budgies perceive no noise as meaning there may be danger.
Taming and Bonding is all about helping your budgie learn to trust you and it takes a great deal of time and patience on your part.
You should never grab your budgie or force him to be touched.
To bond with your budgie, you need to build his trust in you.
He will have to learn over time that you will not hurt him, grab him and try to force him to allow you to hold him.
To build your budgieís 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.
Donít make sudden moves, donít 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. If he becomes agitated, stop moving your hand and just hold very still until he calms down. When he's comfortable with your hand near him, you can offer him a bit of millet or a few seeds. In a few more days, you can begin your taming and bonding sessions.
Always work at your budgie's pace.
Move slowly and talk reassuringly and calmly to him whenever you interact with him.
Most budgies once they pass the "baby" stage, do not like to be petted or touched.
If your budgie does like to be petted, you should only ever pet his head, neck or chest area.
Stroking a budgie's back and/or tail stimulates its breeding instinct. Bonding means allowing them to choose to be with you.
Please take the time to read through all of the How To Guides, the FAQs and the stickies located at the top of each section of the forum.
You'll find most of your basic questions about budgies and caring for them will have been answered after you've read through all of them.
Thanks for the replies folks!
I'll continue to take it slow and be nice and patient and I know in time they will get used to me.
What veggies do you find work best for treats?
Couple of pictures below, I haven't named them as of yet.. Can't think of any names yet ha.
The pictures on my finger were when I went to pick them up, they were away from the cage and were more than happy sitting on my finger so i thought they would be tamer than they are but I suppose moving home is stressful for them.