Hi there and
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Your budgie is a very handsome little boy
I'm glad to hear that you took all the necessary steps to get him used to your hand. It's great progress that he's eating from your hand!
The important thing to remember is that he may feel like there's no point to hopping onto your hand if there's not food, simply because he hasn't reached the point where he considers you a friend. You haven't done anything wrong, it's just a stage that will take lots of time as well as trust, love, and patience to develop. However, he may not ever want you to pet him--budgies are not "cuddly" birds and in fact, most hate being touched
Simply sitting by his cage or wherever he is perched and talking to him softly, as well as giving him the space he wants will help him to learn to want to spend time with you. If he doesn't want to step up, don't force him to--just let him be, and let him come to you.
Incidentally, his behaviour may also take root in the fact that he is very likely nearing the "teenage" stage of his development, in which budgies undergo some behavioural changes due to their hormonal states. All budgies reach the teenager stage at different times, but if your budgie really was 3 months when you got him, he is now about 8 months old, which is usually the average time that budgies reach this stage.
For what to expect, be sure to read this link:
Be sure to also read through the forum stickies
, as well as budgie articles, to learn even more about your little boy
If you have any questions after reading through everything, please do ask as we'd love to help!
What's his name?
We look forward to seeing more of him as well as hearing updates on how he's doing.