Hello! I'm trying to get my budgie used to being outside the cage. I've a lot of difficulty getting it out in the first place, he just has zero interest in leaving. With about 1 hour of patience and coaxing, I can usually get him to fly to the couch and eat millet IF
he has ran out of food. So yeah hunger is the only way I found to make him go out, and when he is done eating, he goes straight back inside the cage.
I read somewhere that hunger should not be the preferred method but I really can't think of anything else, please help!! When he is inside the cage he chirps, he has water, food, toys, perch and he asks for head scratches a few times a day.
I never grab him, I can get him to step up while he is inside the cage, but mostly only when I have treats to offer him. He will also stay on my finger while he is eating the treat and being careful I can get him out that way. However it feels wrong to take advantage of that tho...
Also once he comes out on his own, would it be a good idea to close the door so he can't come back in immediately?