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Old 09-02-2018, 08:07 AM
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Today I got a 12 week old budgie. I introduced him to my other semi-tamed budgie and they got along well. My older budgie (Pixel is around a year old) is still learning to step up and is currently getting use to handling. I was wondering what the best way to hand tame my new budgie is.

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Old 09-02-2018, 01:53 PM
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You should have the new bird in quarantine.

Quarantine means housing the new bird in a different cage in a different room than the current bird (as far away from the room the current bird is in as possible) for a period of 35-45 days.

Budgies mask symptoms when they are ill. Symptoms may not show up for over two weeks.
Often you will not even realize your bird is not well. Many budgie illnesses are airborne which is why you need to quarantine your new bird in a completely different room.

It is also a good idea to always take a new budgie in to see an Avian Vet for a "well-birdie" check-up. This allows you to develop a good relationship with the vet and the vet can establish a baseline for your bird in case of any future illnesses or injuries.

With regard to taming and bonding, it is best that you not try to touch your budgie for the first two weeks.
He needs time to settle into his new environment and become comfortable with his new surroundings.
Budgies are often submissive for the first few days simply because they are terrified.

You can cover the top and three sides of the cage to help the budgie feel more secure. Playing music for him when you aren't around will be helpful as well. Budgies perceive no noise as meaning there may be danger.

Taming and Bonding is all about helping your budgie learn to trust you and it takes a great deal of time and patience on your part.
You should never grab your budgie or force him to be touched.
To bond with your budgie, you need to build his trust in you.
He will have to learn over time that you will not hurt him, grab him and try to force him to allow you to hold him.

To build your budgie’s trust, sit by his cage and read, talk or sing quietly to him for a period of at least 10-15 minutes, 3 or 4 times day. After the 2nd or 3rd day, rest your hand on the outside of the cage when you talk to him so he'll learn that your hand is safe and will not hurt him .

After a week, rest your hand inside the cage when you talk.
Don’t make sudden moves, don’t try to touch him .
Let him get used to the idea that the hand is now in his safe place and not harming him .

After 2 weeks, begin moving your hand slowly toward your budgie. If he becomes agitated, stop moving your hand and just hold very still until he calms down. When he's comfortable with your hand near him , you can offer him a bit of millet or a few seeds. In a few more days, you can begin your taming and bonding sessions.

Always work at your budgie's pace.
Move slowly and talk reassuringly and calmly whenever you interact with him .

Most budgies once they pass the "baby" stage, do not like to be petted or touched.
If your budgie does like to be petted, you should only ever pet his head, neck or chest area.
Stroking a budgie's back and/or tail stimulates its breeding instinct. Bonding means allowing them to choose to be with you.

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Hi there and to the forums!

You've been given the best possible advice above and I agree with FaeryBee completely. It's very important to quarantine the new bird, as well as to work with him or her slowly, at his/her pace.

Meanwhile, please be sure to read through the links provided above. They'll help to keep you updated on the very best of budgie care practices! If you have any questions after doing so, be sure to ask as we'd love to help

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Great advice given above. This new bird (and any new bird) needs to be quarantined for the reasons stated above.

We recommend that you take a look at the Stickies and Articles. This will help answer some basic questions you may have. We have lots of advice in the Taming and Bonding section. But as mentioned, this process shouldn’t start immediately after getting your new budgie. Stick around and learn all you can about keeping budgies at their best.
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