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Old 10-08-2016, 09:41 AM
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Freedom outside of the cage is every budgies dream ... and lots of places to climb and play like a jungle gym maybe however how does a person get the birds to go back into their cage and spend time there ...

Do you find that once you start letting the budgies out that they do not spend time willingly inside the cage as much? How to get them to go home at night is the other problem especially young ones...

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Old 10-08-2016, 09:51 AM
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If you have your budgies on a scheduled routine and there is a good balance between the time they are in and out of the cage, then there shouldn't be any problem.
Budgies react very well to a set routine and when used to it, they can even go back to their cages once they realize the play time is over.

Also if your budgies are finger tamed, you can easily get them out and place them back into the cage.
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For me personally, with ten birds to get back into 5 different cages and none of them hand tame, it can be a little tricky.
This is why it's recommended to have your birds step up trained to make the process a little easier.

On the weekends, I let the birds out all together for socialising and they'll spend at least 4 hours out, usually closer to 6.
I feed them before they leave their cages and once they're out I remove their food pots and when I want them back in, I give them fresh seed.
I usually have some herbs or maybe a bit of spinach that I'll let them have while they're out but as they love their seed so much, they will go back in for it.

My birds love being out and getting to be all together, so sometimes they can resist going back in a little.
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For me so far I have no problem Rocky is a baby still and I only have him . I open the cage around 9 am he goes in and out of the cage quite often during the day he wants out more from morning then go back take a nap then I close the door then wants out a bit after until I would say 5-6ish the he likes to stay in his cage .. so far I had no problem he goes back in the cage on his own or I put him back no problem . I have the same routine so I think he is used to it now ...I'm assuming it can be different from everyone depending on their schedule


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I fully believe that having your budgies trained to step up to be transported back to their cage is best. They don't necessarily have to step up to your finger. You can use the back of your hand, your arm or a small dowel perch.

That said, I have untamed budgies that go back in their cages because I've used positive reinforcement training to teach them they will get a reward when they do so.

Initially, when I was ready for them to go back in the cage I would first dim the lights and pull down the shades in the room. If the radio or TV was on, I turned it off.

Then I would stand by their cage and ringing the bell on one of their toys while telling them, "It's time to go in your cage now!"

Once they went back into the cage, they were given a small bit of millet.

This method worked well and they now go in the cage when asked to do so without the lights being dimmed or the blinds lowered and the TV or radio can stay on.

Getting the millet reward is the best part of "going back home"
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For me personally, with ten birds to get back into 5 different cages and none of them hand tame, it can be a little tricky.
This is why it's recommended to have your birds step up trained to make the process a little easier.

On the weekends, I let the birds out all together for socialising and they'll spend at least 4 hours out, usually closer to 6.
I feed them before they leave their cages and once they're out I remove their food pots and when I want them back in, I give them fresh seed.
I usually have some herbs or maybe a bit of spinach that I'll let them have while they're out but as they love their seed so much, they will go back in for it.

My birds love being out and getting to be all together, so sometimes they can resist going back in a little.

That is interesting I was wondering what a person would do if they had ten birds. I only have three and I found I had to clip their main flights a little too make them easier to catch. I was thinking of investing in a butterfly net to catch them too if I have too. I am trying to figure tame them however they are wild pet shop birds and are not too tamable, or at least that is my experience. I love them anyway.

I have moved them to my bedroom and I had them locked in the little pagoda wire cage and the smartest one managed to get the door open and they have been outside the cage playing in the dark or something like that. I was surprised when I woke up in towards morning listening to them moving around my bedroom. lol .. They all seem to be just fine now especially after I convinced them to go back to the cage or something like that. They have little minds of their own so do what they wish.

I should try your method once I have a larger cage and remember to take away there food and give it too them 4 hours after being out of cage ...

What type of herbs do you give them? I am thinking of converting one of my gardens into a herb garden too, English Cottage style.

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I have 9 budgies, 1 hand tame and 8 not tame. I have taught them all except one to step up onto a perch so that is usually how I get them all back in their cages. The one that refuses to step up will go back to his cage once he sees his cage mate inside. The one tame bird that I have will only go back in his cage if I dim the lights. If I have him on my hand and try to slip him into his cage he flies off at the last second as if to say I'll decide when to go in.
It can be a bit challenging in the morning to get them all in so I can leave for work. It's easier at night, they all seem to know it's bedtime.
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That is interesting I was wondering what a person would do if they had ten birds. I only have three and I found I had to clip their main flights a little too make them easier to catch. I was thinking of investing in a butterfly net to catch them too if I have too. I am trying to figure tame them however they are wild pet shop birds and are not too tamable, or at least that is my experience. I love them anyway.

I have moved them to my bedroom and I had them locked in the little pagoda wire cage and the smartest one managed to get the door open and they have been outside the cage playing in the dark or something like that. I was surprised when I woke up in towards morning listening to them moving around my bedroom. lol .. They all seem to be just fine now especially after I convinced them to go back to the cage or something like that. They have little minds of their own so do what they wish.

I should try your method once I have a larger cage and remember to take away there food and give it too them 4 hours after being out of cage ...

What type of herbs do you give them? I am thinking of converting one of my gardens into a herb garden too, English Cottage style.
I was really worried my budgie would never go back to his cage. I've had him about 6 weeks. I was able to hand tame him pretty easily... I think I was lucky with that... but he would fly off my hand when I went to return him to the cage. He picked a couple high locations in my apartment as favorite landing spots... and I'd use a long wooden dowel perch (about 2 feet long) to retrieve him. He would hop on that and then I could put him back in the cage.

However, I didn't want him to land in the two high spots anymore so I covered them with gauzy scarves to confuse and discourage him from those spots. That worked. But then he figured it out and landed there again and I did tinfoil contraptions that would flap as he got closer and that would repel him from those spots. ... I found this forced him to fly lower and also to go back to his cage because he didn't know where to land.

That forced him to use his cage as a landing home base, which was preferable to me. He would then fly some laps for exercise and then return to his cage because he knew it was a safe place to land.

I also think he didn't know how to fly at a lower altitude or wasn't comfortable with it... but now he has improved greatly and will land on my hand or arm.

I set up a play gym on the other side of the room... so now he either flies laps and returns to his cage, or, he flies back and forth from his cage and the play gym area. Which is preferable to me and I'm comfortable to leave the door open to his cage when I'm working and let him go in and out and back & forth as he pleases. I always have one eye on him, but I'm more comfortable now. He will go back to his cage regularly throughout the day... to eat, drink some water, play with his toys, or take a nap on his favorite perch. Today he was tired so he returned to his cage to nap.

I hope that helps. I wish I knew other ways to make high perches unappealing. The gauzy scarves and the tinfoil worked to a degree, but now he is landing on the top of a mirror and I would prefer that he not...so I have to figure out how to "bird proof" that as well, so he learns to avoid it. .... I'm hoping some day I'll be able to remove the scarves and tinfoil from his previous favorite spots.

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You can give your budgies any of the herbs on this list:

Arugula
Basil
Bee balm
Chamomile
Coriander/cilantro
Chickweed
Dandelion greens
Dill **
Fennel
Lavender
Lemon balm
Lemon grass
Marjoram
Milk Thistle
Mint **
Oregano **
Parsley *
Rosemary
Sage **
Savory
Tarragon
Thyme
Tumeric
Yarrow

Remember that Variety is best.

* Feed parsley only in moderation as too much can prevent the absorption of calcium.
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I have 4 budgies (there were 5 of them at one point but sadly, one of them passed away), they are all pet shop 'wild' budgies and they are living as a flock now
However, I managed to tame them (some of them more, some less). Easiest way (at least in my case) was to tame the oldest budgie and the rest of them followed. Their cage is opened whenever we're home, we never cut their flight feathers and we rarely have problems with returning home. They usually return to their cage at sunset or when they get hungry. Sometimes they fall asleep outside but if I put some millet on my hand, I can carry them back inside.
Last couple of days we had terrible weather here, it's dark and rainy and they fell sleepy more than usual so I actually use the same method to carry them out - they need to get some exercise
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