There's a potential adopter interested in the bonded sisters Callie and Lily. They are currently in an open top cage that I don't think will go with them (it's a Kings cage--a tad expensive to give with an adoption, and while it's technically large enough, it's one of those cages where the largest dimension is the height, so not actually ideal). I'm debating what cage to suggest they get adopted with. Not my decision, but one of the many possibilities is the Prevue flight cage they came in (they and most of the rest of their large family!!). I'm wondering though if it's more difficult to tame budgies in a cage that large--it would seem that particularly with two bonded sisters, they wouldn't have a lot of motivation to get close to that potentially scary hand!
At the moment, Callie and Lily will both eat millet from my hand if I'm holding a sprig of it. Both will eat very eagerly through the cage bars and outside of the cage, Callie eagerly with my hand inside the cage, Lily had to think about it more, but she couldn't let Callie eat all
They get out of cage time daily and I can easily "flight direct" them back to their open top cage. (It's a pretty amusing process, particularly when I need to get Emma out
as well as get them in
....) I expect them to backslide in a new home, however.
Other cage possibilities are another open top cage that fits the dimensions for two budgies (the way it opens, however, is not as conducive to my "flight directing"), or the white Prevue 30x18x18 cage.
My big concern is that I am not sure how tame they will ever get and I want them to have out of cage time. They have made stunning progress, but they are still not finger trained, and I don't know if they ever will be. While some people can cope with untamed budgies having out of cage time, it really depends on the setup whether or not that would be feasible. On the other hand, maybe being in the 30x18x18 cage would help the taming process along.
Any thoughts or ideas appreciated, including guesses on the likelihood of them becoming tame enough to easily get them back in their cage without "flight directing"!