I haven't posted since the initial introduction of Link and Zeke, but it has been a VERY busy summer.
Soon after we got Link and Zeke, a friend of my daughter A moved to a different city, and they didn't want to take their birds with them, so we adopted another pair of budgies. I don't know how old they are, but they are at least two years old. Their names are Percy and Pedro. Percy (a female) is definitely dominant over Pedro (male), and they quarrel and squabble, but they seem to get along.
After a couple of months A didn't want to have the noise in the early morning, so we moved the cage up to M's room. There are now 4 birds in there, and they can get talkative.
Percy and Pedro from day 1 in our house are used to people. They will eat from your had, and Pedro will sit on your finger at times.
Link and Zeke, however, continued to be quite skittish for a while. They have learned to talk with us - they chatter while we're around and respond when I whistle at them, but any attempt to open the cage or get too near them would send them huddling together.
Well, I think that having Percy and Pedro in the same room has been good for Link and Zeke. I would offer some millet to P&P, and after Percy had hers first (always with that one), Pedro would eat. I think I finally saw Zeke getting a bit jealous.
So I stood next to the cage and offered her some millet through the bars. It took a couple of minutes, but she came closer and closer, warily. Finally she took some!
It was a small thing, to be sure, but it felt like a huge step. I tried to get Link to eat some - he was actually starting to edge closer, but Zeke chased him away. (She's the dominant as well in that cage).
Anyway, I felt like it was good progress. When I told M about it, he stood for about 5 minutes with his arm stretched out with a tiny little piece of millet before Zeke came over to try to eat some. Sadly the first piece she pulled off pulled the whole thing out of his hand.
But he grabbed a larger spray and she ate some from it.
As I mentioned, it has been a busy summer, with week-long summer camps and vacations to grandparents' houses, but with slow and steady steps they are coming to trust us more.