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Old 02-03-2020, 12:06 PM
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Hi everyone! I have three budgies. They have been with me for several years now and I would love for them to be able to come out of their cage and be part of my afternoons around the house but the several times I have attempted this it was chaos. They acted like they did not even know how to fly...flying into the wall, curtains, etc.I was sick with fear that they would hurt themselves and they acted very scared also. Please help me with learning how to go about this. Thanks for all suggestions and instructions.

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Hi there and to the forums!

We'd love to see photos of your budgies if you have any to share!

It can definitely be difficult to see them flying around in chaos while still wanting them to stretch their wings! It's going to have to be a bit of a learning curve for them - they'll have to figure out their surroundings even if the first few times it seems like they're in chaos! To make the room safer for them, be sure to cover all windows and mirrors, remove breakable or easily tipped items, and any toxic plants, chemicals, etc. Additionally, try and stop up the space behind bookcases, sofas, etc. Doing so will remove a lot of stressors from their environment. You should also close any doors and curtains to sort of provide to them an enclosed space.

Then, you just have to go for it! Since it sounds like they will come out of their cage if you open it, try and make it less stressful for them - you can attach perches to the outside of their cage so that they have a familiar place to rest, and you can put a little millet nearby to entice them a little bit. You should stay in the room and supervise them, and reassure them and talk to them. You can also put on soft music, as silence to budgies signal danger and may stress them more.

You should try and let them out of the cage a few times a week at first, each time doing this, until they have sorted out their surroundings and are fully comfortable getting around in the room, then you can let them out daily (under supervision).

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Also, be sure to have a look around the forums and read through the articles and "stickies" in order to stay updated on the best of budgie care practices!

If you have any questions after doing so, please be sure to ask as we'd love to help.

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Thank you so much for this help. I will give it a go. I assume I should let all three out- or do I try and only let one out at a time?
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You can also hang sheets or blankets temporarily a few inches out from the walls until your budgies get familiar with the dimensions of the room you plan to allow them to be in during their out-of-cage time.

I let all of my budgies out at the same time.
Make sure you only let them out when you are going to have the time to supervise them and can wait them out until they are ready to go back into their cage. I darkened the room my birds were in, rang one of the bells in their cage and told them, "it's time to go back in your cage now". When they went back into their cage they would get a treat of a bit of millet.
Within a very short time, they were "trained" to go back into their cages.

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