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Old 11-04-2018, 05:10 PM
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Two night ago we welcomed Blue (m) and Yellow (f) -they came with that name- to our home, they came from a friend of my wife Who unfortunately could not care for them (Long story but hey belonged to one of her family members and got passed on to her... anyway) so after she asked if I would be willing to take them in I agreed and here they are.

They are 2 years old healthy birds (apparently they've had regular vet check ups up until 2 month ago) and they have been together since day one. They are not tamed, they are socialized but definitely don't like it if i get too close to the cage not even to change the water or food, so I'm hoping to change that in time. The are how ever very active and happy birds they were eating and exploring the cage and chirping within the first 15 min that we got them home.

I have them in their own room in quarantine away from my other girl Kiwi but they did discover each other from chirping ans whistling so they talk back on forth from one room to the other.

My plan is to try and tame them and I know at their age it's not going to be easy and especially because they seem to follow each others all the time so does anyone have any advise on how to tame the pair? I read online (and I'm not sure if it's right) that it's better to split them apart for better taming is that true? I don't want to try an handle them and get them scared. Any advise would be appreciated.
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Blue and Yellow are very pretty birds!
Are you going to keep their names as is or do you plan to change them?

You don't necessarily have to separate them to begin taming and bonding with them initially. Sometimes if one budgie is more brave than the other, as the braver one begins making up to you the more timid one will follow suit.

Start just like you would with any new budgie.

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.
Move slowly and talk reassuringly and calmly to their whenever you interact with them.

Best wishes and enjoy the journey.
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Thank you for the info, it's always appreciated and I find it a good reminder and reinforcement to the things I know, I have been spending all the free time I have between them and my other bird, when I can I will sit with then in the morning and have my coffee and talk to them, and I will let them know when I'm coming into the room, they are fine util I change their food and water but I expect that it's a work in progress. As far as their names go do birds know their names?? I mean with my other bird Kiwi I call her by her name all the times, and I swear sometimes she will pay attention if I call her name even though she's not tamed but every now and them she will perk up when I call, or is it just my voice? In the past I had male parakeet the would actually say his name all the times (Dante is beautiful) was his favorite phrase. So I wasn't sure on the name change and how it effect birds
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I've changed names of budgies, lovebirds and even dogs when they've come to live with me.

I believe a bird learns its name and when it comes into a new environment with a new owner it is a perfect time to change the name if you wish to do so.

The budgies (Blue and Yellow) will get used to being called by whatever names you choose to give them as they settle into their new home.

I'm sure Kiwi does know her name and perks up when you talk to her!

It sounds as though you're doing a great job with managing your time with the three birds.
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