03-31-2017, 11:49 AM
Generally, it is recommended you wait a minimum of two weeks prior to moving to the stage where you attempt to teach your budgie to step up.
When a budgie first moves into a new environment, it needs time to acclimate and settle into the new surroundings.
Taming and Bonding is all about helping your budgie learn to trust you and it takes a great deal of time and patience on your part.
Sometimes you will end up going one step forward and two steps back -- this is normal and should not be a cause for you to feel desperate.
To bond with your budgie, you need to build her trust in you.
She will have to learn over time that you will not hurt her, grab her and try to force her to allow you to hold her.
To build your budgie’s trust, sit by her cage and read, talk or sing quietly to her for a period of at least 10-15 minutes, 3 or 4 times day. After the 2nd or 3rd day, rest your hand on the outside of the cage when you talk to her so he'll learn that your hand is safe and will not hurt her.
After a week, rest your hand inside the cage when you talk.
Don’t make sudden moves, don’t try to touch her.
Let her get used to the idea that the hand is now in her safe place and not harming her.
After 2 weeks, begin moving your hand slowly toward your budgie. If she becomes agitated, stop moving your hand and just hold very still until she calms down. When she's comfortable with your hand near her, you can offer her a bit of millet or a few seeds. In a few more days, you can begin your taming and bonding sessions.
Always work at your budgie's pace.
Move slowly and talk reassuringly and calmly to her whenever you interact with her.
It is important to enjoy the journey of helping her learn to trust rather than trying to rush to accomplish a particular goal.