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Old 06-27-2016, 06:12 AM
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Hi all

I would like some advice about Twinkle. We have established that she is a shy bird and that we probably won't be able to tame her.

My problem is that she seems to be getting worse. She sleeps close to the side of the cage so in the morning there is quite a bit of poop which I need to put my hand in her cage to clean up.

I have always done this an although she was wary of me she was ok. Suddenly the last few days as soon as I open her cage door she has started flapping round her cage, usually resulting in her ending up on the floor of her cage.

I'm worried that she is going to hurt herself.

Any advice is welcome.

Thanks Sarax

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Hi Sara!

Even for more shy and nervous pet birds, with continued training and lots of patience and perseverance it's possible to at the very least finger tame them.
It would be good to work on making Twinkle more trusting and comfortable around you and this can be achieved by spending time close to her cage, getting Twinkle used to your presence, she needs to realize you are not a threat and aren't there to harm her. In order to make a better connection, you can use your voice and talk to her in a calm, positive, encouraging and reassuring way. For the detailed information, check the stickies at the Taming and Bonding section of Talk Budgies.

When cleaning the cage and changing the food/water bowls, it's best to avoid sudden movement with your arms/hands and act as if you are on slow motion.
In order to make the cage cleaning less stressful, you can also have some music on. You can use your voice as well to communicate with Twinkle while you are cleaning the cage.

Later on, you can slowly rearrange the perches/accessories on Twinkle's cage in order to prevent the poop build-up from falling into a particular toy/object.

Do you have a swing on your Twinkle's cage? If not, then it would be good to get her one and attach it to the cage's ceiling.
Most budgies choose their swings as the favourite place to sleep in for the night as that's the place they feel the safest in.

Best of luck with your Twinkle!
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Hi Aluz

Thanks for your advice. We have had Twinkle for about 8 months now so she should be used to me cleaning her by now. I always move in slow motion and I talk to her the entire time I'm cleaning. As I said she has always watched me warily but was comfortable with my hand in her cage. It is only the last couple of days that she has been more flighty.

I will certainly look into getting her a swing.

Cheers

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From what you say about the very recent behaviour I wonder if something in or outside your home has spooked her without your knowledge. Could be other pets or other people in your home or something visiting the window from outside, or even loud noises. May be worth looking into.
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