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Default How Do I Get My Budgie To Go On My Finger

Ok, so hereís the deal. I got two budgies about two weeks ago. They got used to my hand pretty recently since I hand feed them. They are both boys I believe, a yellow and blue budgie. But the problem is that the yellow one is sometimes fearful of my hand (when it gets close), same with the blue Budgie. But the blue one allows me to touch its chest but it wonít go on my finger. It put one foot on my finger, but thatís the best I can do. They donít go on my hand when I hand feed them either. Any advice?


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2 weeks is the minimum amount of time you should let your budgies settle in before you start trying to tame them. I suggest you take a step back and slow down. Have a look through the Taming and Bonding stickies.
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Hi there and to the forums!

You definitely need to step back from what you're doing with your budgies.

You're moving too fast for your guys-- two weeks is still a very short amount of time. When you first brought them home, you should have given them two weeks to settle in, without trying to touch them or put your hand in the cage. You should do that now, to help them settle in and feel more at home.

During this time, be sure to talk to them often and read, sing, or talk quietly exclusively to them a few times per day. After the two weeks are up, you can put your hand in the cage as far away as possible and not move it until they are used to this; it may take days or weeks for him to be comfortable with this. After he is, move it a little bit closer until he's used to that, and so on, gradually building trust.

It's no surprise they are fearful. They're in a totally new environment with new people, and to expect them to be tame right away is just not reasonable. Working with them slowly, at their pace, and not forcing them to behave in a certain way that they're not ready for yet is the best thing you can do right now.

Be sure to read through the forum's many Budgie Articles and "stickies" (threads "stuck" to the top of each subform for easy reference) to ensure you're up to date on all the best practices for budgie care.

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I'm confused.
Did you buy these budgies and then start feeding them their seed/pellets etc from your hand from day 1?

It would be helpful to have more clear information.

Are you aware of what should be included in a budgie's healthy diet?
Have you had budgies in the past?

Budgies need a minimum of two weeks to settle into their new home and you should not be trying to touch or tame them at this time. They are often submissive initially because they are terrified.
You can cover the top and three sides of the cage to help them feel more secure. Play music or the TV for them when you are not around during the day.

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 birdsí 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.
Donít make sudden moves, donít 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 birdsí pace.
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Hi, :welcome to Talk Budgies....
Hey! Thanks for the helpful advice! I wish I had gone on this forum earlier because I had read online that you should give them 3-4 days to get used to the environment. Bad idea. I just found out yesterday that I should include pellets in my budgie’s diet. I’ve been feeding them seeds (or the food that new Budgie owners usually buy). After about 5 days, that was when I started feeding them from my hand. They were nervous at first, but they started eating after about ten-fifteen minutes. I’m a new Budgie owner, so it is my first time taking care of budgies. Yesterday, I put a towel over their cage (a thin one), but they started to bite the towel and I was worried they thought it was millet, so I took it off because I was worried they might bite a prince off and choke.

They problem is I leave them in my bedroom, because everywhere else is a lot noisier. I am able to do my homework and activities around them a lot more, but people walk in and out of my room, maybe every hour. My sister shares my room with me, but she works outside. I play Budgie music for them and I think they really like it. They become very relaxed when they hear it. Whenever I get up from my chair, I do it in a slow movement and call out to them when I do, just so they know what I’m doing. How do I know the birds are comfortable around me? When do I begin to start feeding my budgies to a pellet diet and how can I do it? Thank you!


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2 weeks is the minimum amount of time you should let your budgies settle in before you start trying to tame them. I suggest you take a step back and slow down. Have a look through the Taming and Bonding stickies.


Thank you for your advice!


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Hi there and to the forums!

You definitely need to step back from what you're doing with your budgies.

You're moving too fast for your guys-- two weeks is still a very short amount of time. When you first brought them home, you should have given them two weeks to settle in, without trying to touch them or put your hand in the cage. You should do that now, to help them settle in and feel more at home.

During this time, be sure to talk to them often and read, sing, or talk quietly exclusively to them a few times per day. After the two weeks are up, you can put your hand in the cage as far away as possible and not move it until they are used to this; it may take days or weeks for him to be comfortable with this. After he is, move it a little bit closer until he's used to that, and so on, gradually building trust.

It's no surprise they are fearful. They're in a totally new environment with new people, and to expect them to be tame right away is just not reasonable. Working with them slowly, at their pace, and not forcing them to behave in a certain way that they're not ready for yet is the best thing you can do right now.

Be sure to read through the forum's many Budgie Articles and "stickies" (threads "stuck" to the top of each subform for easy reference) to ensure you're up to date on all the best practices for budgie care.

If you have any questions after reading through everything, be sure to ask!

We'd love to meet your boys when you get a chance!

Cheers


I have a question though. Should I be standing when I put my hand in their cage or should I sit so I don’t seem big? And how do I know that they are getting used to my hand when it is far from them? Thanks for your advice!


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I have a question though. Should I be standing when I put my hand in their cage or should I sit so I donít seem big? And how do I know that they are getting used to my hand when it is far from them? Thanks for your advice!
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I find that sitting is usually best (and you won't get tired as quickly).

When they start coming toward your hand to explore and/or don't back off when you move it slightly toward them, then you know they are getting used to your hand being in their cage.
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