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Three and a half weeks ago I got two budgies, supposedly a girl and a boy: (I'm thinking maybe they are two ladies from their territorial behaviour) Miki and Kovu (in the picture, Miki is the white baby with blue chest and Kovu is the kinda turquoise baby and a yellow face). I've been feeding them seeds and sometimes trying to make them try fruit, so far strawberry and banana, but they just rEFUSE, I believe out of fear. Their cage is not that big because I'm using one that we already had at home, but I plan on buying them a bigger and more horizontal cage soon.
I'm trying to tame them and I'm scared I may be doing something wrong because progress has been almost none. Miki is a lil terrified baby, she's still scared of my hands even out of the cage and loses a tON of baby feathers all the time. I'm afraid maybe it's because of stress so I've been interacting less with her to prevent it from getting worse (which i guess is a dumb idea now that i say it out loud). Kovu is a bit more brave, he lets me pet his chest from outside the cage (with a finger through) and sometimes eats seeds from my hand/finger. Which is progress! But they are both still very scared when I open the cage door and stuff, so I'm afraid of being forceful with them without knowing I'm being forceful.
Please enlighten me with the birb knowledge, any tip or advice are welcome!
Both of your budgies are female and are very cute.
The first thing you need to do is remove the nest box from the cage immediately.
Budgies do not need a nest box for sleeping and having one in the cage leads to budgies wanting to lay eggs - even when there are no males present. Having the nest box in the cage will also make female budgies more territorial.
Taming and bonding with your budgies is all about helping them learn to TRUST you. This takes a lot of time and patience.
To bond with your birds, you need to build their trust in you.
They will have to learn over time that you will not hurt them.
To build your birds’ trust, sit by their cage and read, talk or sing quietly to them for a period of at least 10-15 minutes, 3 or 4 times day. After about a week, rest your hand on the outside of the cage when you talk to them so they will learn that your hand is safe and will not hurt them.
After a week of resting your hand on the outside of the cage, rest your hand inside the cage when you talk.
Don’t make sudden moves, don’t try to touch them.
Let their get used to the idea that the hand is now in their safe place and not harming them.
After 2 weeks, begin moving your hand slowly toward your bird. If they become agitated, stop moving your hand and just hold very still until they calm down. When they are comfortable with your hand near them, you can offer them a bit of millet or a few seeds.
Always work at your birds’ pace.
Changing a bird's diet also takes time and patience.
It can take several weeks (or even months) for budgies to decide to try a new food.
Fruit is high in sugar content so vegetables are actually healthier for your budgies with fruits given only occasionally (once or twice a week)
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Hello and welcome! Your two budgies are adorable and I hope we will see more of them. From the pic, it looks like their cage is quite bare. Budgies love toys as well as swings so if you could get some toys for them, I'm sure they'd appreciate it. If you get a swing, make sure it's big enough for both of them or get two (if there's room in the cage), or they may fight over who gets to sit on it.
Best of luck with the taming. If you follow FearyBee's advice, you should start to see progress over time.
to TalkBudgies! There is such a wealth of knowledge and budgie community to be found here. All the links FaeryBee posted above will prove to be very beneficial and help you on your way of navigating the forum. We have plenty of fun threads to check out, such as training and photo journals so we can all swoon over everyone's gorgeous birds. There's even an Art and Other Pets section.
Your two ladies are absolutely gorgeous; love their mutations! It took my first budgies awhile to learn how to eat healthy fruits and vegetables too, but it was all worth it in the end. You mentioned Miki is losing a lot of feathers...it's possible she's just going through a molt. Don't be scared if she starts looking like she's got a head full of quills- those are just pin feathers and a normal part of the molting process.
Hope to see you and your girls around the forum!
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It's great to meet you and your two sweet girls. You've been given great advice, be sure to remove the nestbox immediately so as to not encourage broodiness or aggression. Meanwhile, be sure to read though all the links provided as they will be very helpful in staying updated on the best of budgie care practices!
If you have any questions after doing so, be sure to ask as we'd be happy to help.
We hope to see you around here!
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