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Old 10-26-2016, 09:37 PM
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Talking Almost 2 years and still a loner

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I think I am going to have to finally accept that Charlie my yellow budgie just does not want any interaction with me. I have had her for about 2 years now she is housed with her best buddy Ozzie.

Those that know me here know the story about getting Charlie for Oz and that worked out great, Charlie plays, eats, sings, sleeps and seems happy but when I try to be nice and hold her or pet her she flips out EVERY TIME and has done so since I had her.

Now Oz seems to like being handled ( to some degree) she loves getting under her wings rubbed and she is very tolerant of me, I can move my hand around in here to change food, water, and hang treats and most of the time no matter how close I get to Oz she just watches...... Charlie however gets defensive if I get to close.

I do not take them out because they do not like to go near the door I always wondered why they have no desire to venture outside their home but they dont. But I can handle Oz and she steps up to me and lets me move her around I can rub her head back and even her feet but Charlie...NOPE. So since they do not want to come out I decided to not clip their wings.

You would think they would realize by now that I am their friend I think Oz knows but Charlie would just forget I exist.

A month ago I bought a large flight cage for them at first they seemed to not like it so much but now they seems to love it

they sleep eat and play and sing alot. I also amuse them with many SAFE toys lots of treats and try my hardest to show them kindness. Also, they are NOT addicted to the mirror that you see in the pictures, they dance in front of it and probably think there is a bird in there lol...but they are not obsessed with it so I leave it in there.

Even though they are in a huge house I always wonder if they are happy in a cage I will say its a big nicely decorated one.

Its 36 inches long and 20 inches deep and almost 6 feet tall! the only thing is they dont want to go much lower than 1/2 way so they never go to the bottom, But they love to play and get along well.

I just wonder if they are happy in a cage all the time?

And Charlie tolerates me pretty well and she does not EVER try to bite me BUT I can tell by how skittish she acts that she has no interest in me... I am glad she loves Oz though... any thoughts??

Here are a few pictures I took today
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Old 10-26-2016, 09:56 PM
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Hi. I work with a parrot rescue. With some of the budgies, we make sure that the adaptor understands that they may never be hand tamed and confirm that they will love the budgies in any case.

I have two cockatiels in my care who I don't think ever ventured beyond the top third of their cage and I have been trying to expand their horizons. I put a treat cup on each side of the cage and dropped treats in them once a day (making sure the birds saw me do it). Each day, I lowered the treat cups one or two rungs. Voila! They will now go to the bottom of their cage. Next step is to start putting interesting things down there for them to explore and play with. I also now put food on the floor for them to "forage" for. It gives them more exercise if they are using the whole cage.

Hope this helps!
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Old 10-27-2016, 06:17 AM
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Mark,

I completely agree with lbeckman and the suggestions she's made for getting your budgies interested in the bottom portion of their cage.

Many budgies do not like being touched or handled by humans.
It's important to accept that and love and enjoy Charlie just as she.

It sounds as though Charlie and Oz are quite happy and it's perfectly fine they prefer not to come out of their cage.
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