06-04-2017, 07:05 PM
At this point you'll simply have to go back to step one and work on building their trust.
Remember that sitting and talking, singing and reading to them will help them get used to your presence.
Rest your hand inside the cage, palm up with a bit of millet in your hand. Let the budgies come to you. Don't move your hand toward them. Simply let them get used to the idea they can get on your hand and eat and not be moved, forced to come out of the cage, etc.
After they begin to trust you, then you can
begin working on taming and bonding.
If you have a small bird-proof room, you can allow the budgies to have out-of-cage time even if they are not yet hand tamed. This should be done only when you have the time to spend in the room with them and there is no rush to get them back in their cage.
I have untamed budgies that go back in their cage because I've used positive reinforcement training to teach them they will get a reward when they do so.
Initially, when I was ready for them to go back in the cage I would first dim the lights and pull down the shades in the room. If the radio or TV was on, I turned it off.
Then I would stand by their cage and ringing the bell on one of their toys while telling them, "It's time to go in your cage now!"
Once they went back into the cage, they were given a small bit of millet.
This method worked well and they now go in the cage when asked to do so without the lights being dimmed or the blinds lowered and the TV or radio can stay on.
Getting the millet reward is the best part of "going back home"