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Old 06-15-2016, 10:32 PM
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I know flock calling is normal. I'm not frustrated by it. It doesn't bother me. BUT.


Since I have two budgies I try to spend at least half an hour to one hour of alone time daily with each. So I can bond with them and tame them. The birds love each other which is great and why I have 2. Because we work full time and are only home in the evening and on weekends. I always sit by them and talk to them whether they are in or out of their cage. But the alone time is in addition to this.

Here's the problem. When I take one out alone I have to go to the other side of the house, shut the room door, and stay pretty consistently talking. This is because whichever bird that has been left alone starts flock calling immediately when the other one is out of the cage and doesn't stop until they are together again. Whether in or out of their cage.

It makes individual time with each bird difficult because if the one I'm having alone time with hears the other they start calling back and try to fly away looking for its friend.

I want to be their friend too. I know I'll never be as important to either of them than they are to each other. That's ok. But I'd like for them not to feel the constant need to find each other and be happy hanging out with me for a little while.

I've had Cosmo my female for about exactly a month. And Harvey, my male, I've had 6 days as of today. Maybe this will settle down once they both are more comfortable with me?

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It's good you recognise they're going to automatically gravitate towards each other. That's good!

As for taming, you should let Harvey settle into his own cage, in his own space. It's essential to follow quarantine procedure to let settling in happen and to ensure any hidden illnesses don't get passed on to your other bird. If quarantine procedures were followed, Harvey would have been less nervous and the time separate from Cosmo would be spent getting to know you

Although they've already met each other, I still would keep him separate from Cosmo for another three weeks. It's important he recognises his home as well as settles in without added stress. You should put him in his own room, and even though he will hear Cosmo and call out to her, put on some music for him and leave him to his own devices. After two weeks, you can start interacting with him in more "hands on" ways. Not touching them for the first week or two is good to let them settle down and not be so submissive. Talking to them both a lot as well as making sure they're comfortable when you approach the cage is a great first step to taming!

After you've given Harvey some time, and quarantine is not yet over, you could begin the slow process of taming by leaving your hand in the cage without moving until he's comfortable, then slowly moving closer and closer after a period of days (or even weeks) until he responds with his body language that it's okay to move on.

I don't know where you are in terms of taming with Cosmo, but some of those steps would likely benefit her, as well

Afterwards, introducing them again should go well and they both will be more willing to go work with you individually after they experienced the initial separate quarantine and taming periods!

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I realized after that I should have quarantined. I guess I wasn't sure that since they have been already living together if I should then separate them.

So far with both the birds I have sat with them and held my hands on and in the cage, moved around things inside, feed and water them. And they both step up when asked. Cosmo will jump from a perch to my finger. She will also walk over to me if on the floor and step up. Harvey only steps up from a particular perch (the highest). And will also from the floor. Neither of them will willingly step up from on top of their cage. They love it there to much.
They will both eat millet from my hand as well but only millet.
Cosmo likes to sit on my shoulder and burrow in my hair. Harvey only sits on my hands.
They both do still take off to their cage when I get close to it if I'm holding them.


I guess I will look into another cage...

I don't want to go back in progress... that wont happen right. I mean if I stop putting my hand in and asking them to step up (since they do) they wont revert right?

Just bought a Prevue F040. Figure I can use the current cage for the quarantine cage and then when they are housed together the big one for permanent.

You guys are consistently right in your knowledge and advise. So I will separate them for now.

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Angie, you're going to love the F040. I have 2 and I know FaeryBee has several.Congrats on the new cage purchase and on doing the right thing by separating your budgies!
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Angie, don't worry. I don't think separating them for a bit will cause you to loose progress. In fact, as Harvey starts to settle in more and get used to you, you very well may gain progress. Since you're had Cosmo for longer, you can keep working with her how you've been doing and she should be just fine

Spreading your time out between everybudgie and getting to know all three of your budgies even more (especially Snow and Harvey) will be beneficial for everyone, I think.

The F040 is a great choice of cage, by the way!
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