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Old 05-29-2016, 03:55 AM
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Question My budgie is very tame but is not bonded to me

So I've had my budgie for almost 2 months now and we haven't bonded yet. He was hand fed and hand tamed so he was very tame since day one but he is not interactive at all. He perches on my finger and stays there forever but just sits there lol.

My last bird was a lovebird who from the second I met her we bonded deeply and held that bond until she died many years later. She was very interactive and friendly the second I got her.

Maybe my budgie is shy and will open up in a couple more months. Can budgies bond to someone the second they meet them like my lovebird did? Is it just a matter of personality?

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Old 05-29-2016, 04:28 AM
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Personality definitely comes into it. My last bird Cyril didn't bond, but he was a very independent and to himself type. Hopefully the two of you will bond over time. I've heard of it taking up to three years to happen fully though, so you'll need to be patient.
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Yes, it certainly is possible to make a first ever special connection with a budgie the moment we see them and from then on to build a strong a bond which will forever be present. This is something that doesn't happen often, though nor is it the norm to have an instant and mutual connection from owner to pet bird when first meeting and this is regardless of species.

You can continue to work with your budgie in terms of strengthening the bond and to try to engage him in playful activities, by encouraging him to play with some toys and to provide a richer environment to spark his curiosity and promote mental stimulation.
If in a few months' time and despite your efforts you don't see progress in your budgie, and he continues to be mostly quiet and withdrawn, then for his overall welfare and happiness and taking in account his shy personality, he will likely benefit from the support and companionship of a same species friend.

Best of luck with your budgie!
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I believe aluz has answered your question exceptionally well.
I agree that if your little fellow doesn't become more active in the next couple of months it might be a good idea to get a same species friend for him.

If you choose to do so, please remember to quarantine the new budgie.
Why Quarantine?

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Thanks for all the advice! But a strange thing happened today, almost like Blueberry the budgie read this thread!

First, he was following me in his cage. I would go to one side of the cage, then he would hop to the perch on that side of his cage. Same if I moved to the opposite side. Then he hopped right onto my finger to come out and I put him on the perch outside his cage in the living room.

I then went to the kitchen to heat up some pasta. Before I knew it, he was in the kitchen following me and hopped right onto my finger! Then he wanted to eat my pasta and went right into the bowl! (It was warm, not hot)

I also have some life size budgie toys and statues (I'll post some pics of them!)
and my budgie thinks they are real lol. I use that to my advantage and I kiss those budgies and I make them hop all over me and stuff so he sees these "budgies" love me lol.

I also will make those "budgies" eat their veggies!! LOL. Hopefully then he will try some!
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I'm glad your budgie is showing signs of being more friendly!

There is one more thing I would like to add, for your budgie's safety it's best to not let him have access to the kitchen area especially when you are cooking.
The potential for accidents is very high. Not too long ago, there was a budgie who fell into a pot with vegetable oil.
In order to avoid an accident that can end in tragedy, when prepping meals and cooking/washing dishes, it's best to have the budgies safely inside their cages.
Same thing goes for the meal times, budgies are very curious and can try to nibble on something which can be toxic to the them.
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Oh of course! I was just heating up leftovers in the microwave.
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It sounds like a bond is starting! Have fun!
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oh wow.that's wonderful to hear.looks like your budgie has decided to bond with you more now.
Hopefully soon he'll be hanging out with you often.

And I also agree with our wonderful friends here.keep him safe from the kitchen area,its not a safe place for them to be in.
Blessings and keep us posted.
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