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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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Hello
I want to allow my future budgie to have freedom in the house, but wanted to find out about their poop. Do they go anywhere or prefer to go in their cages, and is it easily cleaned up or does it stain?
Also, how do I get a budgie back in its cage??
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Budgies poop frequently and do so wherever they happen to be at the time. Generally, budgie poop dries quickly and is very easy to pick up with a tissue. If the poop is a bit more runny due to diet change or whatever, you can use plain white vinegar to remove any staining. I have 9 budgies all of which are out of their cages most of the day and I have a very light colored cream carpet.

With regard to getting a budgie back in its cage, that is part of the taming and bonding process.

I taught budgies that are not hand tamed to go back in their cages using positive reinforcement techniques.

Initially, when I was ready for them to go back in the cage I would first dim the lights and pull down the shades in the room. If the radio or TV was on, I turned it off.

Then I would stand by their cage and ringing the bell on one of their toys while telling them, "It's time to go in your cage now!"

Once they went back into the cage, they were given a small bit of millet.

This method worked well and they soon quickly learned to go back to their cage when asked to do so without the lights being dimmed or the blinds lowered and the TV or radio remaining on.

Getting the millet reward is the best part of "going back home"

You can look through the stickies in the Taming and Bonding section of the forum.
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That's great advice, thank you xx
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Good morning
It's 5:53 in London right now and I'm too excited to sleep as I become a budgie mama this weekend 😁
I went to visit him yesterday and the breeder had him walking through his hands like a well trained circus act. When I tried to hold him we both were a little nervous and he flew right out of my hands. I haven't held a budgie before 😳 The next attempt I was much better but don't really want to holding him so much as would like him to walk on me if that makes sense??

My question to you lovely budgie knowledgable people is do I need to hold him?? Can I just bond with him and he'll learn to hop onto me? And most importantly pls, will he forever fly off and out of the cage as opposed to hop about and climb around stuff?? Does that even make sense?!🤔 Will he fly around the whole time he's out of the cage or settle onto something and potter about?

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Morning Jenna and many on your imminent arrival. I would have been awake at silly o'clock with excitement too
It's brilliant that you have already met your baby and it sounds like a good breeder too. Don't they feel soft and gorgeous?
A breeder who holds and tames his/her babies is the best foundation for the new parents to continue the work.
It is lovely that he/she has been tamed to such an extent that you can cuddle and this is a fab way of getting babies used to our hands. Once s/he grows a little more you will lose some of this cuddlyness as they are not really cuddly little people. But maintain it as long as you can as it is the hands that are the important bit towards bonding.
When you are holding him (makes it easier!) stroke his chest and head and being as tame as he is he should be happy with that. I always reward good/new behaviour with a taste of millet. Talk softly to him and he will equate your voice with attention and nice stuffs.
As far as him being out of the cage is concerned, he is bound to fly around to explore his new home. He will also perch in the highest spot he can find as he will feel safe there to look down on his surroundings. But if you get the bond with him both in and outside the cage you will be able to get him to come back to you/climb over you and explore you too.
Never be afraid to ask anything here.....There are so many people with far greater knowledge/expertise than I and there is always someone who will share that with you.
When do you actually bring him home? You do realise we need photo's to get our regular Baby Budgie Fix

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Hello and welcome to Jenna and congratulations on becoming a budgie mama

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I'm going to collect him at 7pm tonight. I can't wait ������
I've just knitted out his cage and cleared a nice area out of direct sunlight for him to live.
One more ask.....should I be handling him, as in picking him up and holding him, or go straight to the bonding technique of letting him get used my hand near him till he feels ready to hop onto me.
He's so little, I don't want to pick him up as I don't have the confidence yet and don't want to scare him. So is it best do you think to start of the bonding and allow him to come to me?
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Hi again!

This is still a very big change in a young budgie's life, to be taken out of the comfort of the home they have always been in with their parents/siblings and into a completely different home/environment.

Even for tamed and well socialized young budgies, it's best to give them at the very least a couple of days' time to settle in their new home and to get to know their new family, it's important to not overwhelm the little fellow on the first days at home.
During this time, you can cover the cage on 3 sides (leaving the front part uncovered) and have some background music on to help your budgie feel more relaxed.
While your budgie is in the process of settling in, you can sit close to the cage and talk to your budgie in a calm, positive, encouraging and reassuring way.
If your budgie shows signs of being receptive and curious towards you then you can open the cage's door and slowly place your hand inside the cage and offer your finger for him to step onto it.
Since he is tame, most likely he will automatically step up.
It would be a good idea to bird proof the room before allowing your budgie out in order to minimize the chances of a crash landing/accident.

You don't need to truly grab your budgie with your hands on a regular basis and since you aren't used to handling a pet bird, it's best to take it slow and carefully. At this point and when a budgie is tamed, fledged and independent, there really is no need for a person to take a hold of him/her by grabbing with the hands, in some cases this can even result in a setback in trust/taming, when budgies are grabbed against their will.
A simple step up is much more convenient.

Be sure to check the pertinent info on the stickies at this section of Talk Budgies.

Best of luck with your new little friend!
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Welcome to the wonderful world of budgie ownership, well, VERY soon anyways!

Remember, he might be hand raised, used to being handled, but when you bring him home, he will be in a completely new place, somewhere he has never been before, please allow him time to settle in to his new home, before to much hands on interaction, I'm sure you will do fine, just let him decide the pace

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Thank you for all your posts. I really appreciate the help and advice. We are home, he has left the box and i have chatted away to him quietly but now left him be for a bit. He is SOOOOOOOOO BEAUTIFUL, and his name is Atticus. 😍
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