Hey guys, so I’ve had Cass for a while now. He’s a healthy, energtic boy. But I got him from a family that didn’t really treat him well. His diet was almost completely pellet, and they made no attempts on trying to tame him or make him part of the family. So now, even though I’ve had him for a while and been as patient and gentle with him as I can, I have yet to been able to tame him. And whenever I introduce new food to him (fruits and veggies) he goes out of his mind like I’ve thrown a grenade in his cage. I tried leaving the food in his cage for a while to see if he would approach it on his own, but no luck.
Can any of guys give any tips or tricks? Anything is appreciated.
With taming I think you need to go back to step one. Just sit by Cass’s cage and talk to him gently. Don’t try to touch him, grab him or put your hands inside his cage. When cleaning his cage and changing his food and water, do so slowly and calmly and gently talk to Cass the whole time. Once he’s used to you sitting by his cage, then you can move onto the next step. Place your hand on the outside of his cage and continue talking gently. After he’s used to this, you can then move into placing your hand inside his cage. If at any stage Cass becomes scared and starts flapping about, take a step back by going back to the step before. He needs to learn that you’re not going to hurt him, grab him or do anything to scare him. Never stare into his eyes either as this will be seen as a threat. Try blinking slowly to him and he’ll likely do the same in return.
With the food issue, try presenting the foods in different ways. Some birds prefer their food hanging from the top of the cage, whereas others prefer it on the cage floor. There are lots of different ways you can try offering it to Cass, like finely chopped on a plate, hanging on a bird skewer from the cage roof, hidden in toys so he can forage, bigger pieces in a shallow bowl of water so he can both nibble and bathe. Use your imagination and see if you can find something that works for Cass. Also, you need to offer a food multiple times before a Budgie will be likely to try it, so do t get disheartened if it takes awhile. Good luck!
Kellie has given you excellent advice and I agree with her 100%.
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You've been given great advice above. With time, Cass will surely grow to trust you again.
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