I bought a budgie off impulse 4 days ago. Ive always wanted a bird and now i have one but i have no idea how to tame him ive been reading abit but id rather talk to someone who knows a thing or too. Anything would help???
Hi and welcome to TB! Your bird might be scared since it isn't used to it's new environment. To gain the trust of your bird sit near it's cage and talk to it with a gentle voice. If you have to leave your bird alone you can turn on the radio to keep your bird entertained and feeling safe. In the wild silence means danger so your bird feels more safe when there are some sounds around it! What's the name of your bird?
There is a whole forum section devoted to taming and bonding with your budgie. It's helpful to read through others' threads about taming in addition to the Stickies/articles. Here are a couple links to start with.
I've changed the title of your thread to one that is more descriptive of what you are looking for and moved it to the Taming and Bonding section of the forum.
Since you are completely new to budgies and this was an "impulse buy" (it is better to research first ) it is important you take the time to read the information provided in the links below.
Budgies are often submissive for the first few days simply because they are terrified.
You can cover the top and three sides of the cage to help the budgie feel more secure. Playing music for him when you aren't around will be helpful as well. Budgies perceive no noise as meaning there may be danger.
Taming and Bonding is all about helping your budgie learn to trust you and it takes a great deal of time and patience on your part.
You should never grab your budgie or force him to be touched.
To bond with your budgie, you need to build his trust in you.
He will have to learn over time that you will not hurt him, grab him and try to force him to allow you to hold him.
To build your budgie’s trust, sit by his cage and read, talk or sing quietly to him for a period of at least 10-15 minutes, 3 or 4 times day. After the 2nd or 3rd day, rest your hand on the outside of the cage when you talk to him so he'll learn that your hand is safe and will not hurt him.
After a week, rest your hand inside the cage when you talk.
Don’t make sudden moves, don’t try to touch him.
Let his get used to the idea that the hand is now in his safe place and not harming him.
After 2 weeks, begin moving your hand slowly toward your budgie. If he becomes agitated, stop moving your hand and just hold very still until he calms down. When he's comfortable with your hand near him, you can offer him a bit of millet or a few seeds. In a few more days, you can begin your taming and bonding sessions.
Always work at your budgie's pace.
Move slowly and talk reassuringly and calmly to him whenever you interact with him.
Most budgies once they pass the "baby" stage, do not like to be petted or touched.
If your budgie does like to be petted, you should only ever pet his head, neck or chest area.
Stroking a budgie's back and/or tail stimulates its breeding instinct. Bonding means allowing them to choose to be with you.
Please take the time to read through all of the How To Guides, the FAQs and the stickies located at the top of each section of the forum.
You'll find most of your basic questions about budgies and caring for them will have been answered after you've read through all of them.
Congratulations on your little friend, even if he was a spontaneous addition to the family!
You couldn't have come to a better place for advice and we're excited to have you with us.
Be sure to read through all the links provided for the best information about budgies! Especially look through the forum articles and "stickies", as they will help to keep you informed on the best of budgie care!
If you have any questions afterwards, please do ask as we'd love to help
We'd love to meet your little fellow when you get a chance! Does he have a name yet?
and Princess Mallorn!
Thank you to Deb for her wonderful Faery magic
We are new budgie owners too. We got Rio almost 2 months ago and Kiwi 3 1/2 weeks ago. We did a lot of research before and spent hours looking at them before we picked one. Picked out the calmer budgie. Rio was super young, figuring 8-10 weeks old when we got him. Day 1, We very slowly put out finger only near his foot and he stepped up. We talked using gentle voices, lots of whistling(they seam to love it), never grabbed and within a week he was coming by us 100% willingly. Loves to watch budgie videos. We did spend hours with him each day letting him sit on our shoulder, on the ipad.. Wherever he feels super comfortable. Let him eat out of your hand. We ended up taking him on a mini vaca after 3 weeks and he loved it. Not scared of people or outside. He's 100% tame. We have done the exact samething with our new one. Kiwi is a very clever bird for so young. The vet couldn't believe he was so tame for a baby. Just sat on my finger the whole time while waiting, getting checked and paying.
We read all the info on what to do when you get a new budgie....but we went with how they reacted. Since they were good we moved forward and built trust by being close. Not sure if it will work for you and your budgie. See how they react to it.
This is our 5 yr old holding Rio. These were pet store bought