03-13-2016, 08:03 PM
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.
Originally Posted by FaeryBee
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!
Last edited by StarlingWings; 03-15-2016 at 09:20 PM.