Originally Posted by Pretty boy
Awh he is an absolute sweetheart. Holding his wings out can be a sign of being hot but it also can be a sign of being stressed. Please be careful in different situations and try to assess which it could be. In the situation he was in it quite possibly could of been a combination of both.
What he is displaying is normal, funnily enough I had this problem with my birds at the start but they learned the door to their cage would be open and the actually taught themselves to go back. I very rarely have to chase my birds back to the cage.
If I do I say , Bed time and they do fly back.
My other budgie I hold his favourite toy with a bell and he comes to my hand , I then calmly walk to his cage and place him and his toy in the cage.
It takes time and patience to train a budgie work on step up every day use a treat, millet, I use a toy. all birds are different.
If you do need to catch him in the future use a small net, or cloth not your hand as this reinforces the fear of your hand being a danger.
Thanks Cathy for the feedback and advice. He really is a great bird... super sweet and always entertaining & very smart. Just adorable.
You're right... he might have been stressed a bit holding his wings out... but also I think a bit overheated as he does that when he has been flying too much. But you're right, probably some stress in there as well.
That's good advice re. a net, and I'm going to look to purchase one as it makes sense to have one on hand just in case of emergency.
We've made some great progress. I've been working with him to fly to me while I'm holding some millet and he can do it at short distances, but not as well on farther distances. Will keep working with him.
What I noticed is that he is not comfortable nor that skilled at flying at lower altitudes. I ended up covering his two favorite high perches (the bookcases on the opposites ends of the room).... I covered both areas with gauzy scarves that threw him off in terms of landing in either spot. He doesn't anymore.
What this forced him to do was to learn how to land on the top of his cage. And I give him millet every time he does.
So now, instead of flying back and forth between the two highest points in the room, he will now fly in a circle around the room and always land back at his cage. This is progress, and significantly more preferable for when he is out for exercising.
I'm very happy that I made the two bookcases unappealing for him to land on, so that he now uses his cage more and more appropriately.
As well... I was calling him today from his cage, and he genuinely tried to come to me..... although he didn't make it too far and returned to his cage.
I admire though that he tried to do and attempted to come when called. Very cute.