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Old 08-03-2016, 10:50 PM
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I would like to get my girls wings and nails clipped but I'm not sure how to get them out of their cage without grabbing them and destroying any semblance of trust that I have tried to build up with them. Gyurika, the much braver and adventurous of the two, comes out of the cage and climbs up to the play gym on top. If in her excitement she attempts to fly and lands on the floor I can usually get her to step up onto my finger. (The only time she will step up.) Pityuka, however, seldom ventures that far out of the cage. She can also, if necessary, very easily fly up into the cage on her own. She sees no reason whatsoever to step up on my finger.
How do you get them out without grabbing them? The girl at the pet store used a net. Is that the best way?
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Old 08-04-2016, 04:28 AM
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If you are having issues with nail growth, I would look at new perches after you get them clipped to keep them trimmed. If this is an issues they are having, the diameters of the perches you have might not be varied enough to help wear them down.
If you want to build trust, it won't help if you have to catch them and take them to the vets for nail trimming regularly.

I don't have any hand tamed birds so when I had to take one of my girls to the vets, who was also rather new, I covered the cage and used a glove to get her. This allowed her not to panic and made the process very simple.
You can try a net if you think you will be able to catch her in the cage with it.

Good luck.
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Therm has given you good advice when it comes to one very specific situation which needs to be addressed, in this case taking untamed pet birds to a vet appointment. The method described is not to be done consistently as in a daily basis.
Another option to transfer untamed budgies from their cage to a smaller transport cage to take to the vet, is by placing both cages close together, having the cages' doors opened and placing a favourite treat on the transport cage to entice the budgie(s) to go to the smaller cage.
You can encourage your budgies to venture out of the cage by placing a perch near the open door and you can also set up a play area for them near the cage, where they will have a few of their favourite toys to play with and some tasty food as well.
In time and by setting up a schedule for out of cage time activities, your budgies will get used to the routine.

In order to avoid similar situations like these to happen in the future, it would be good to carry on with your budgies' training to make them at least finger tamed. This would be of benefit not just for out of cage time purposes, but also for ease of handling and being better able to examine your budgies when it comes to their general health.

As for the wing clipping, you will still need to continue to work on solidifying the bond with your budgies and the training sessions will have to be done on a consistent basis. In case you don't know, it's perfectly possible to tame fully flighted pet birds.
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Thank you Therm and Aluz
They have a variety of perches - pedi-perches, natural perches, and rope perches. I thought it would be best to get their nails trimmed regularly to ensure they don't get get caught on the rope perches ( Yes, I know to check and replace them the minute there is any sign of wearing or fraying.). Their nails don't look that long, was just trying to be proactive. Once they are hand trained I will clip their nails myself.
They also have perches near the door on the inside and outside of the cage. They both use these perches to get a better view of the budgie YouTube videos that they like to watch.
Because Pityuka is such a timid girl and was afraid of everything when I first got her, I have been taking a very slow approach to the training and letting her build up confidence, playing with her toys and exploring her new cage.
Their wings were clipped when I got them. For now, until they are trained to come to me or my finger without immediately jumping off again, I think for their safety it is better they have their wings clipped. Once they are a little older and we are all better trained, I will let their wings grow.
I will try to find something high enough to set the travel cage on and put it in front of the door with some millet and veggies hanging in it.
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Hello, have you tried to do some step up training with them?
Usually using a favourite food ,or a stem of millet is the way to go. Hold the millet in your hand and slowly move it closer to the budgie, getting them to nibble ,or eat it while you hold it then they may move closer to your hand and hop up onto your hand while you are holding the millet.
I used a favourite toy to get my budgies to step up the first time.
You can also use a small perch or even a pencil to start with as well. The main thing is patience, go at the budgies pace. Do not do training if you have a time limit or know you may be interrupted.
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