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Hi Everyone! We just got a new budgie two weeks ago. He came from a breeder who handled him daily and he was taught to step up. After a few days home my husband thought it would be a good idea to get him used to us by taking him out of the cage for a few minutes each day. He would step up and we would take him out. After some research I realized he was probably doing that out of fear. I have since left him alone. He is ok when I change/clean his cage. I talk to him a lot and he doesn’t seem that afraid of me. He had flown out a few times at the beginning with his door open and when he landed on the floor after colliding with the wall he jumped on my finger when I offered him help. Since then I have tried to not force him out. Now if I have him step up on my finger in the cage he stays for a few seconds then jumps off. When I leave the cage door open he will sit on the door and visit but not fly out. I have a hard time keeping my hand steady for more than a few minutes to offer treats...and he will eat millet that I’m holding but if I pull it away he won’t approach or move. Should I just keep opening the door and taking to him and when he is ready he will fly to me or come out to play? I have a play gym for him but he won’t fly to it yet. Just curious if I’m doing the right thing giving him time and doing it on his terms....or if I need to be more assertive to train him. I’m not implying chasing him around...just maybe keep trying to take him out and letting him fly off my finger or back in the cage? Any advice would be greatly appreciated!


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Yes, you are doing the right thing by going at his pace, trying to force him to do something he is not ready for will not endear him to you. Take a look at some of the stickies in the Taming and Bonding section of the forum, you may find them helpful.
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Your budgie sounds adorable and we'd love to see some pictures of him! Have you named him Skittles?

Taming and bonding is going to take time and patience.
Work on his "step-ups" inside the cage for now.
Over time, move him closer to the cage door and gradually out of the cage.
If he jumps off your finger and stays in the cage or goes back in the cage then allow him to do that.
You can place some perches on the outside of the cage and a playground on top of the cage.
As he becomes more comfortable in his new surroundings, he'll decide to venture out on his own.
Always work at your budgies' pace.

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You've been given great advice and resources above! Congratulations on your new budgie boy; we'd love to see photos of him when you get a chance!

Meanwhile, we hope to see you around here. Be sure to read through everything to get familiarised with the forums and stay posted on the best of budgie care practices, and if you have any questions after doing so, please feel free to ask as we'd love to help!

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Thanks for the advice. Yes I named him Skittles. Heís been with us 3 weeks. I can tell he is getting used to his environment. Iím assuming that if he eats, plays and grooms with me standing right up to the cage with the doors open...is a good sign. I have decided not to force him. I have started putting my hand in the cage with some seeds/millet right up to him where he perches. Today he ate some both times. We leave the door open when we are in the room most times. Sometimes he ventures out on them to sit. A few days ago he flew out for a few seconds and then back in with some minimal help. He seems to go forward one day and back the next. It might be that there are more than one person trying to bond with him? I attached some pictures

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Skittles is precious!
It is quite normal to go one step forward and two steps back when taming and bonding with budgies.
This applies whether there is one person or more than one.

Taming is all about building TRUST.
Bonding is when your budgie chooses to be with you and sees you as part of his/her flock.
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Skittles is beautiful . I particularly love yellow and blue budgies! Great advice above. Best wishes with you new little boy!
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Thank you everyone! I have started putting my hand in the cage with some millet a few times a day while he’s sitting on his perch. He has eaten from my hand almost every time. He usually nibbles my finger a little too...it’s super cute...like he’s tasting me! He doesn’t eat very much or for a long time...just a taste. Then he goes back to playing with his toy beside him or grooming himself...so I stay still for a few seconds then remove my hand. I’m assuming that it’s a good sign that he’s grooming/playing while my hand is right there?
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Skittles is beautiful . I particularly love yellow and blue budgies! Great advice above. Best wishes with you new little boy!
Thank you! I might be crazy but I am almost positive that Skittles is the yellow budgie on the banner of this page! The other birds are identical to his clutch mates and I believe that my breeder posted this exact picture of him on her Facebook page (I waited 3 months for him and was able to watch him grow from when he hatched). Perhaps my breeder is a moderator? Small world I guess. I know she would be a great resource for information but I donít want to subject her to every question I have...lol
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Thank you! I might be crazy but I am almost positive that Skittles is the yellow budgie on the banner of this page! The other birds are identical to his clutch mates and I believe that my breeder posted this exact picture of him on her Facebook page (I waited 3 months for him and was able to watch him grow from when he hatched). Perhaps my breeder is a moderator? Small world I guess. I know she would be a great resource for information but I don’t want to subject her to every question I have...lol
I'm not your breeder but I do the logos and chose Skittles to be on this month's logo/banner.

I choose various birds when members post good pictures that will work well on the logo.

And, yes - your breeder does happen to be one of the moderators on the forum.
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