Hi! I have a question about out of cage time. When Bernice comes out of her cage in the safe room she seems interested to see me without the cage bars and looks at me and cocks her head when I talk to her. But she seems stressed. She stays quiet, breathes hard and even opens her beak like she is panting. She stays right on my finger or hand and doesn't try to fly away. Any ideas on how to make her more comfortable? I would like her to have daily out of cage time to fly around her safe room or whatever her little heart desires in there.
We have only done this 3 times now (on different days), for short intervals because it seems to stress her out. Maybe if we stayed in there a bit longer she would calm down?
Maybe some music in there? I guess it is kind of quiet. And it is a different color than the room she is used to.
I realize it is early on in trying but any suggestions are greatly appreciated.
You do well in having short sessions (20 - 30 minutes) of out of cage time till Bernice gets increasingly more comfortable and confident when spending time with you while not on the cage.
Having some music or background sound from the TV will also be very helpful and it will help in reducing Bernice's stress levels.
You can also use your voice in a calming, encouraging, reassuring and positive way to connect with Bernice and make her feel more at ease.
You can also set up a play area for her and place a couple of a her favourite toys and a little feeding station where she can drink water and have the occasional special treat.
Best of luck with Bernice!
RIP sweet Tito (Summer 2008 - January 17th 2013).
You are missed and never will be forgotten.
I do have some pictures from her first time out, while she was cocking her head at me lol. I will have to try to upload them from my phone, it seems to be the easiest way for me. I spend a lot of time with her, with my hand in her cage while she jumps all over it, licks it, bites at my nails. All the while I talk to her. Sometimes she even rolls on her back in my hand!! It's the weirdest thing I have ever seen. But it seems affectionate. Do any of your budgies do that? It must feel good, it kind of reminds me of when the dogs roll in the grass on their backs hahaha!
Here's a couple
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