Taming and BondingTaming and Bonding is all about helping your budgie learn to TRUST you. This requires time and patience and does not happen overnight. Thread Description:Male female pair untamed, male likely jealous of any attention to pair
Our male female pair, untamed, came to us a year apart with unknown histories from the same parrot shelter where the budgies are grouped in their own room. Like most males in a pair we have had in the past (both tame and untamed) there seems to be some jealousy or alarm on the male's part at our attentions to them both. This consists of alarmed sounding vocalizations, moving to get between us and her when I start sweet talking them, and so on. (Charlie, the girl, seems much more curious and engaged, never betrays this kind of jealous reaction to my attention.)
I expect taming them to be a very long process because neither bird has ever been finger tamed and have had their distrust of people for some time (true ages unknown.) They both appear to enjoy being sweet talked at certain times of day--when they are sleepy at bedtime and we move the cage to the bedroom, for example. There are other exceptions such as when I've been out and he lifts his wings to me in greeting upon my return.
Now that I am retired I have more time to devote to gradually gaining their trust but I think I need some tips for how not to trigger Taj's jealousy when I go over and start chatting, whistling or talking to them--as a first step to getting them relaxed and more ready for finger taming.
It sounds to me as if the male is trying to "protect" the female more than the fact that he is jealous of any attention you may be showing her. Could that be the case?
To build your budgies' trust, sit by their cage and read, talk or sing quietly to them 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 them so they'll learn that your hand is safe and will not hurt them.
After a week, rest your hand inside the cage when you talk.
Donít make sudden moves, donít try to touch them.
Let them get used to the idea that the hand is now in their safe place and not harming them.
After 2 weeks, begin moving your hand slowly toward your budgies. If they become agitated, stop moving your hand and just hold very still until they calm down. When they are comfortable with your hand near them, you can offer them a bit of millet or a few seeds. Hold the seed in the palm of your hand as see if either of the budgies are willing to come to you to eat a bit.
In a few more days, you can begin your taming and bonding sessions.
Always work at your budgies' pace.
Move slowly and talk reassuringly and calmly whenever you interact with them.
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