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Hi, a week ago I bought two young untamed budgies. Today I was cleaning their cage and unfortunately both flew out. I didn't want them out of the cage untamed as I live in a barn conversion and the ceilings are very high. I am new to budgie keeping. Any ideas to get them back in their cage? They are on the top beam.
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Old 07-20-2016, 09:15 AM
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Welcome to the forums!

I'm sorry for the current situation you are in. Since your budgies are in a place which is very difficult to reach, you may need to use a ladder and choose one of the longest perches you have on the cage to make your budgies step up onto it.
Even for untamed budgies, they can react and step up automatically the moment a perch is in front of them. During this entire process you must be careful as in to avoid sudden movements that can frighten your budgies and if they step onto the perch, it's important to very carefully lead them back to the cage.
If possible and in order to facilitate this, you can also place the cage as high and as close as possible to the beam where your budgies are. You can place a bowl of water and another bowl with food on top of the cage to entice them to land on it.
If the trick with the perch doesn't work, you can try to get them with a net or the help of a light cloth.
I hope very soon your budgies will be safely back on their cage.

Since you are new to budgies, the information on the several articles and sticky threads located at the top part of each section of the forums will be extremely useful as you become more familiar with the species.
Be sure to pay special attention to the Diet and Nutrition and the Taming and Bonding section of Talk Budgies.

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I have to wait for my untamed budgies to just go back in on their own. Mine won't stay on a moving perch. Eventually they have to go back to their cage for food/water, but it may take some time. As aluz suggested, placing the cage as close to them as possible with the food is your best bet. Good luck!!
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You can also try coaxing them down to their cage with a spray of millet if they like that.

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Hi Richard and to the forums!

Congratulations with your new budgie friends and I'm sorry to hear that you're experiencing this difficult situation! You've been given the best advice already and I hope that you're able to get them back in without a fuss

Does your cage have a slide-out tray at the bottom? Usually, you can just slide the tray out to replace the paper without opening any doors, which prevents them from escaping.

Either way, you've certainly come to the right place to learn all about these cute little birds! Be sure to read through all the links provided above as they will help you to stay updated on the very best of budgie care and practices

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Hope you had some luck getting them back.
All my birds are untame so I rely on them going back themselves. I usually assist them by giving them their fresh seed in the evening when I want them to go in. Food usually wins over staying out.
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