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Taming and Bonding Taming and Bonding is all about helping your budgie learn to TRUST you. This requires time and patience and does not happen overnight.

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Hi guys,

I got my very first budgie and 2 weeks ago and very much getting addicted to its care and taming but I have a few questions. Here is my scenario

Pet shop said he is 4 months old.
He has adjusted to his cage and area, eats from my hand and enjoys occasional neck rubs. But not always the case.

Tricky part is getting him to perch the first few moments. when i open his cage and enter my hand slowly, he either pecks my hand, occasionally attacks it (even with millet).

After a few more tries, he gives in and starts to perch again. I take him out of his cage and he is cooperative, stepping up when i ask him to do so. but let a few moments pass when i put him down, and when i give him my hand again to perch on he pecks on it again. So it is pretty much a cycle- he gets in a good mood and when it is time to rest/sleep, he gets all moody again the next encounter. What should i do?

I can tell perhaps getting territorial as sometimes he flaps his wings crazily,
but how do i work around taming when he does that?

Thank you in advance..very much challenged to have a well tamed bird.

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Old 03-12-2016, 09:58 PM
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hello welcome to the forum.congratulations on your budgie.I,'ve read your post and found it interesting.I know from experience sometimes even with a tame or partly tame Bird.they'll have there moments of not wanting to be touched or petted.it's a common thing with most birds.what you could try is gentle talking,and observe its behavior.when it's beak is open while you're close to it,just back off gently.it's his way of saying it wants to be left alone sometimes.but dont fear ,I went through that before lol.just continue to be gentle and offer millet as you have been doing.maybe some soothing music might help the situation.just like other animals,they have there moments.lol I,'ve been bitten a number of times even when they were gentle with me playing.I just look at them and say ouchie lol.you'll get some wonderful helpful advice soon I'm sure.I hope this helps a little.I'm still learning myself lol.each day is something new for me with Gracie.many blessings.
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It took me two months to get Cecil to sit on my hand after I got him from the pet store. He was also around four months when I got him. I worked with him daily for a few minutes at time. It just takes time and patience.
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ah indeed it does.I'm still working on Gracie in the early stages,she sets the tone with me.slowly I try to win her trust.I hope very soon your feather friend comes around.they just have there little cute ways lol.I know I'm not helping much.it's been a long time with me and now relearning is abit hard at times.even with 2o plus years of experience I forgotten lol.blessings to you.I know someone will have some really great advice for you.remember you can do it,believe in yourself
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Hi, I'm wondering what time of the day you are working with your budgie. This could make a difference to the training.
You said he gets moody at bed time so he might be trying to tell you that he doesn't want human interaction at that time, he wants to be left alone. Work out the best time for training. Have you considered clicker training?

Clicker Training for companion birds

You've made great progress so far so don't be too discouraged.
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ok i dont have any experience on taming budgies or any birds
but i had a bond with my 1st pair of budgies
the budgie male loved to chew my thumb (not that hard) i know thats crazy
but he was more than eager to sit on my finger and play with my thumb even though he wasn't tamed at all
but what i want to say is your budgie might checking these
"if your hand is a threat or not "
"if your hand is going to hurt him or not "
taming any kind of bird gonna takes time
keep trying and keep learning by its behavior!!!
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Thanks everyone for the reply!

Keep them coming! learning from every post..
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I have the same thing goung on with A.J. i've had A.J. a year in may he will shake foot if you ask. He will step up but he has to bite first but he will not stay on your finger to come out of the cage.he flys out on his own and will go back on his own.but when he is out he will not come to any one.he stays a way from people.
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hello a.j..he's a cutie.thanks for the beautiful photo Linda .
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Hi mviolago and to the forums!

Congratulations on your new budgie! I'm glad you're committed to learning the most you can about budgie care, and you've certainly come to the right place to achieve that

As for your little one, I would say you may be taking things too fast for him. Budgies should have at least one week to settle into their new surroundings without being touched, and then you can begin taming him. Here's a quote from one of our Administrators that will ensure you work at his pace so that he learns to trust you fully, since right now it sounds like he's sometimes submissive and sometimes pecks at you to get your hand away.
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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.
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.

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 his get used to the idea that the hand is now in his safe place and not harming him. If he becomes agitated, stop moving your hand and just hold very still until he calms down.

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 to him whenever you interact with him.
Also, when he flaps his wings, he's not being territorial, he's stretching his wings without flying He may be territorial in his cage if he doesn't feel comfortable with you in "his" territory.

Watch his body language carefully and you'll learn when he's comfortable and happy and when he isn't

I'm sure that with a little more time, he will start to come on your finger more readily and be more "tame".

I hope this helps! Be sure to review the "stickies" (the important threads at the top of each subforum) for ensure you're up to date on the best way to care for your budgies.

Best of luck!
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