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Old 07-11-2016, 04:58 PM
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Stormy and I were making some really great progress for a while, he's perfectly content being on my hand and being around me, but he absolutely refuses to go any further he hops off as soon as I move my hand, so I'm not sure how to go about bringing him out of the cage?
He really loves attention and being around me, so I'm a bit frustrated that I can't bring him out to play or just hang out on my shoulder. Any tips? Is this normal?

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Old 07-11-2016, 05:07 PM
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Silly question, but have you looked at the post in the training and bonding section about positive reinforcement?
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Silly question, but have you looked at the post in the training and bonding section about positive reinforcement?
Yes I have and I've been using positive reinforcement for other behavior, such as originally eating from my hand and even stepping up. But the second my hand moves in the slightest he flies off, so I don't really know what to be rewarding!
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Yes I have and I've been using positive reinforcement for other behavior, such as originally eating from my hand and even stepping up. But the second my hand moves in the slightest he flies off, so I don't really know what to be rewarding!
Morgan. It takes a long time to bond with your bird you have to be patient. I know you spend time with your bird he needs to trust you which he will...Have you got a Favourite veggie he likes you could try to put your hand in slowly with his favourite veg. Stormy will hop back on again.. Do you give him carrot, Silver beat, snow peas, Corn maybe try this for his reward. Usually with rewards you give them Millet. I hope you can get stormy out again.
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Morgan. It takes a long time to bond with your bird you have to be patient. I know you spend time with your bird he needs to trust you which he will...Have you got a Favourite veggie he likes you could try to put your hand in slowly with his favourite veg. Stormy will hop back on again.. Do you give him carrot, Silver beat, snow peas, Corn maybe try this for his reward. Usually with rewards you give them Millet. I hope you can get stormy out again.
He loves celery and I've tried holding some while he's on my hand, and while he's eating he doesn't seem to notice that my hand is moving. But as soon as he finishes eating or finishes a bite, he notices and screeches and flies back to his perch
I guess I'll just keep trying!
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Stormy's behavior is quite normal. He sees his cage as his "safe" place.

It would be best to simply open the cage door and let Stormy decide to come out when he is ready to do so.

Placing a perch on the outside of the cage near the cage door will help entice him to try venturing out.

You can set up a little playground for Stormy either on top of his cage or near it.
Place one of his favorite toys on the playground and perhaps a special treat as well.

Make a big deal out of playing with the toy yourself and in a few days time, Stormy will probably become curious enough that he will want to join in the fun.

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Thank you, I'll work on getting a set up
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I agree with Deborah Another thing that sometimes encourages budgies to come out of their cage is to put a perch outside their door so they have a comfy place to sit if they do decide to come out

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Sometimes Indi doesn't want to come out either so i leave the door of his cage open i peg it and if he wants to come he will... There cage is their safe Home and they feel comfortable there and safe.. This is really strange... Keep talking to him... Also does he have a favourite toy you could hang it outside his cage to see if he will come out and play with it. I really hope Stormy will come out. I am sure he will.. Keep trying.If you have a special toy and he plays with it you can give him praise and say good boy and hand him some veggie.. Budgies are clever little birds.. They learn quickly... Let us know how you go..
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Stormy bit me very hard today for the first time. This actually broke skin and drew a bit of blood.
I was holding him like usual and giving him some millet when he suddenly bit the tender skin between my fingers and wouldn't let go! I didn't react because I didn't want to encourage this behavior, and he held tight for a good 30 seconds before finally getting bored and wandering off.
I am very upset because I feel like we're making backwards progress now
I have read this stickie. Is that all this is?
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