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Question Budgie flying

Hello Everyone I am Micki and I am a Canadian budgie owner.

My boys are about a year old. I opened the cage to allow them to fly around the room.

Only one came out to fly. He hits the wall repeatedly. He slides down the wall and lands on the carpet or the couch.

Tried again a few days later. Again hitting the wall repeatedly. He doesn't seem to be getting the parameters of the room. No he doesn't seem to be blind.

Is it just a matter of practice?

TIA for any suggestions and help.

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Greetings I'm sorry about your budgie hitting the walls.hopefully soon your budgie will get used to its new environment.and welcome to the forum.our friendly and wonderful staff.and friendly folks here will be able to assist you on many things .blessings and thanks for joining us.
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If the budgie hits the wall too hard he can severely injure or even kill himself.

I would suggest you put up sheets around the room a few inches out from the wall.
That way, if the budgie crashes into the sheet he won't have as much chance at injuring himself.
Once he learns the room dimensions, he won't continue to crash.
If your birds are hand tamed, you can also carry them around the room a few times showing them each of the walls.
Put them right up close to to wall, tap on it and who them it is solid.
That will help but initially having the sheets up will be best for your budgies' well-being.
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Welcome to the forums!

I'm sorry your budgie is having problems in navigating the room when having out of cage time.

I will start by asking a few questions, if you don't mind.
How long have you had both of your budgies? Are they familiar with the room where they have out of cage time?
Is this the same room they are in when in the cage?
Is your budgie a lutino (all yellow bird with red eyes) or albino (fully white bird with red eyes)?

Ino budgies (lutino/albino) can have issues related to eyesight/sensitivity to light and as a consequence to have problems in properly navigating the rooms when flying.
If this is the case and unless you are able to place some nets to prevent your budgie from crashing hard into the walls and other hard surfaces, then you may need to restrict the extent of the area where he has out of cage time or do a safety clip on the flight feathers.
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Hello and welcome! I hope your budgie is able to figure out his flying space soon so he avoids any serious injuries.
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Hi Micki! to the forums!

You've been given great advice and I hope that soon your budgie is able to figure out the lay of the land so he can enjoy his out of cage time without bumping himself!

Be sure to read through the links provided to ensure you're up to date on the very best of budgie care, and if you have any questions afterwards, please do ask as we'd love to help!

We hope to see you and the boys around! What are their names?

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Young budgies need to practice, and so do adult budgies that have been restricted to a small cage. We use a round mosquito net for a picnic table
We suspend it from a ceiling fixture with a quick releas piece of fishing line so it can come down easily onto our bed. It hangs over the middle of our queensize bed. One or bothous get under the net and secure it on the top edge of the bed. We let a dozen at a time fly and land and learn how to not bump into each other. this is where we teach landing on the finger or stick and step up or step back. the chicks learn quickly to fly to the stick or step un it as we pass it arounf the circle of the net. When they get tired they fly down to a play gym on the bed. We turn the net back and forth like a merry-go-round for the birds to fly or ride across or land. Taking a tamed bird around the room so they can get used to what is where helps. Our birds use the round net to fly around at first then start to go across when they are outside the net. Our Sunny Sky taught himself to come to the home perch after several turns around the room. We then take the chicks to the baby flight that has wire on all sides and top they stay here till at least 6 months.

Some times we get a little bully so we allow it to visit the adult flight early.
The older budgies do not like their feathers pulled so the adults put the little bully in its place. If it manages to earn a successful place in the adult pecking order, it gets to stay with the adults. If necessary we bring it in to the house for more hand work and to curb excess pecking. This usually occurs when we import breeding birds that have been in another flock. They usually just need a little lesson or two in budgie manors Which our chicks get with a few special very gentle cocks that lead the baby flock until ready to move up to adult birds flight and be separated by sex.

Many breeders skip this step and so chicks miss vital experience and training by the cock whose job it is to wean while the hen prepares for another clutch. Babies need time to grow up just like human babies learn to walk. We also use the bathroom as it is a small area with towels and shower curtain to soften when they fly into a wall. We have an cock that has bumped his head too many times and it has neurological issues. Our vet had us try prednisone and boost vitamins and add coconut oil. His little head still demonstrates involuntary movement . I feel like I need a padded room as his very own flight. We always put him in the net when we train babies so he gets some good wing stretches. He will also sit on a finger and fly while still holding on. Teaching your bird to fly home or between 2 people can help the bird get the lay of the land. Anne Marie /Wiki can be a great traing resource. Blessings, Jo Ann
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Thank you all for the great advice and the warm welcome!
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