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Old 02-26-2017, 03:40 PM
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Hello again everyone! I hope you are all doing well. OK Basically I bought my two budgies back in August and I have bought them a very big cage. I already feel so so bad for not letting them out of their cage since then. But the main reason for that is because I was afraid in case they hurt themselves.

Anyways I have their cage in my room where I mainly work and the room is medium sized. I have decided to let them out tomorrow or on Tuesday for the very first time.

Of course I am going to pull the curtains and I have no mirrors in the room or ceiling fan or anything dangerous for the budgies. The main thing I am afraid of is what If I let them out for the first time and they fly into a wall or into the ceiling or something?

I really really don't want to clip their wings at all. Can I please have some advice?

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Old 02-26-2017, 04:08 PM
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If they are familiar with the room, the chances of them to crash into a wall or piece of furniture are lower, you can also place some netting in strategic places to avoid a potential crash.
If the process is done in a calm and stress free way, the chances of them to fly in a panic and crash into something is also greatly reduced.

Are your budgies finger tamed? If so then this should make the process of getting out and coming back into the cage much easier and less stressful.
For the first few times, you can have the cage's door open, set up a play area for them near the cage and attach a perch near the cage's door to facilitate the transition. You can place some tasty treats a couple of your budgie's favourite toys on the play area in order to encourage them to venture out of the cage.

I hope all goes well and your budgies have fun on their first out of cage adventure!
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Hey, I can understand that your are a little nervous about their first time out of the cage.
As suggested, if you remain calm and just open their cage door and go about your day as normal, they will come out and remain calm. Don't try and force them to come out, just let them explore as they want too.

Even if they have a mishap and fly into a wall, it will likely be as undramatic as you imagine it to be. It's very unlikely they will fly fall force into a wall. Budgies are very skilled at navigating a room. They might not even step one foot out of their cage or they may not fly a lot at this early stage.

If they do fly into the wall and fall to the floor, just make sure you watch them and step in if needed. especially if your birds aren't tame, I would leave them to fly back up themselves. If they end up needing any help, have a long perch on standby for them to step up onto.
My girl Lucy doesn't step up on command but she's a weak flyer ad has ended up stranded in various locations and will always readily step onto my finger for assistance back to her cage.

Good luck.
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I have had budgies sort of bounce off a wall a few times before they get the hang of everything, but none have ever gotten hurt. Let us know how it goes!
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Thank you all so much! I will definitely let you all know how it went!
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So as promised I thought I would update everyone on how things went. Basically I opened up the cage door and just sat still very calmly. For the first 15 or 20 minutes they didn't do anything. But when it was lunch time and they came down from their perch they started to investigate and slowly came outside flew around very calmly. Even though they are still not used to me one of them came and sat on my work table. It was so fun!! I will be doing this way more often now. I also had a wooden perch installed before letting them out but apparently they didn't like it as they didn't go near it at all. Thank you all for your amazing advice!
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I'm glad your budgies had a pleasant first out of cage time experience and you all had a great time!
You can work on setting a schedule for out of cage activities, this works very well for both tamed and untamed budgies.
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I'm glad your budgies had a pleasant first out of cage time experience and you all had a great time!
You can work on setting a schedule for out of cage activities, this works very well for both tamed and untamed budgies.
Thank you so much! It means a lot! Yes I am definitely working on a schedule for their out of cage time. I have even bought some toys for their time outside of the cage.

Once again thanks to you and everyone else who gave me some great advice on this forum!
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Don't be discouraged if they don't play with the out-of-cage toys right away. Sometimes takes my guys quite a while to start playing with something.
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