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I currently have a male and female budgie that I have always been housed together and that are about a year old. My problem is that neither one of them is terribly friendly. When I try to mess with them, it seems their top priority is finding the other - they don't like being alone. My question is: would it be better to keep each bird in its own cage where he/she can still see and "talk to" the other? Would this allow them to be easier to tame?
Also, the way I understand, they will want to try to breed at about a year of age. Would this be of any benefit with that in mind? Thanks, all!

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When you keep two budgies together, they will instinctively want to be with their budgie friend over you.
You might find it beneficial to work with one budgie at a time. If one is more trusting than they other, you could focus on working with that one first. If you can and have a safe way of doing it, you could work in a different room with just one of the birds- but this might not be possible if neither budgie is tame at all.

As your birds have been together for a year, splitting them up forever so you can tame them wouldn't be a good idea and could cause them a lot more upset.

Have you looked through the training and bonding section?

Budgies won't just start trying to breed at a year old.
A year of age is when it would be safe for a budgie to start a breeding journey. If your budgies start mating, then it is a good idea to have another cage so you can split them up and break the female from getting too broody.

I think reading through the stickies on training and bonding is where you need to start.
You need to be consistent and have realistic expectations of what will be the outcome.
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I work with rescue budgies and have had with several bonded pairs as fosters. How people oriented they were when they were adopted varied, but typically they were happy to come and sit on an open hand to eat treats. More or less. Gaining their trust is a slow process and I concur with the advise to read the stickies on bonding.

What have you tried so far?
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I think a common misconception with many owners is that budgies must be "tamed". I disagree with that notion.
I have 9 budgies and I can safely say that only a couple of them are "hand tamed".
The others will land on me if and when they decide to do so.
The rest of the time they play with one another and enjoy their lives as free-spirited birds.
I love that they have hours of out-of cage time on a daily basis to fly, play and enjoy their lives with one another.

If it is important to you that your budgies accept you as part of their flock, then it will take a great deal of time and patience on your part for you to make that happen.
Taming and bonding is all about helping your budgies learn to trust you.
As stated by Therm, they will prefer one another's company over yours so you have to make yourself interesting and engaging to excite their curiosity and desire for interaction.
The stickies in the taming and bonding section of the forum will give you a lot of insight.

With regard to breeding, it is best that you do everything possible to discourage that instinct.
Breeding is a huge responsibility and should only be undertaking by individuals with the correct knowledge and experience who have done extensive research on the matter.
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I'll add that there is a long way between "terrified and frantic around humans" and "hand tame". It is worthwhile slowly working on a budgie's comfort level with people even if they are not going to ever be hand tame. There are a variety of circumstances under which they need to handled for health and safety.
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I agree with you, Leah.

My concern is that many people who join the forum seem to think that if a budgie isn't completlely "tame" then it isn't acceptable and I'd like to end that particular misconception.
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Hi there and to the forums!

I agree with the excellent advice given above

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I agree with you, Leah.

My concern is that many people who join the forum seem to think that if a budgie isn't completlely "tame" then it isn't acceptable and I'd like to end that particular misconception.
I worded that wrong if it seems that I don't agree with what you saying, Deborah! When I meet with potential adopters, I talk about the importance of accepting and loving the budgies for who they are.
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I'm a bit confused on what "tame" means... Does it mean the budgie isn't scared of you?
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It probably means different things to different people. I think more along the lines of a continuum: frantic at one end, calmly accepting of people and will step up to be transported at the other end. Liking and seeking out people is a whole other thing, but could be thought of as the far end of "tame".
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