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:I couldn't find anything relating to this anywhere else so decided to post here!
Okay so this is my first post on this forum!
I bought my budgie from a store almost two months ago and have been trying to tame him ever since. I only have one budgie and he is young yet.
I really started the regular taming process a week ago, before that I interacted with him occasionally.
I think he's getting closer to me now. I put seeds in my hand and he now cautiously does put one foot on my hand and starts to eat, sometimes even hops on. It's a great feeling when he does. He never ate millet in his life. I tried to give him some after I got him but he doesn't like the spray millet as much as he likes his seeds (sigh) so I can't bribe him with that.
So I tried a different approach. He already has quite a few toys in his cage but there is one in particular that he plays with the most. It's beads on a bendy string with many knots. He loves trying to untie the knot and throwing the toy onto the floor.
Today, what I did was take out that toy and put in on the palm of my hand. He immediately jumped from his perch and onto my hand. I kept talking to him in soothing voices. When he was on my palm, he tried to untie the knots and I slightly felt like he wanted to pick it up and either throw it on the ground or take it back to the cage.
I've been doing this 'toy taming' thing for a day. He jumps onto my hand without any fear and plays with the toy for about 20 to 30 seconds after which he goes back. If I have the toy on my hand he will keep coming back.
So what I wanted to ask was how should I proceed from here? Should I continue? PS: He only stays on my hand if the toy is near otherwise he doesn't stay on it for longer than five seconds.
TL;DR Budgie keen to get on my hand if I have his toy on my hand. Otherwise he isn't tempted much with food. Should I continue taming him with this toy instead of millet (which he isn't fond of).
Btw, I do give him a seed when he jumps onto my hand; as a reward.
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You can definitely use the toy as the reward! Some birds just aren't highly food motivated. Just make sure you limit access to his toy otherwise
Thank you very much for the advice!
I continued the toy reward method and the progress I made was remarkable! Just one day and now he basically runs to the roof of the cage and jumps a distance of 10 inches to my hand! I then immediately reward him with the toy and give lots of praises.
I even used the spray millet in conjunction with the toy and sometimes give him the millet as a reward which he also seems to like now! I'm very hopeful for the future!
Last edited by Farhan; 07-22-2017 at 06:08 AM.
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Wooh! Go (bird's name here)! It's always great when you see something working like that.
Btw, please post a picture and name of your little one. I'm sure I'm not the only one dying to know. ?
I've added an attachment. This was him the first day I got him home. He looks scared, well, because it was his first day and second he is afraid of my phone so i never really did take a good photo of him. Btw, he's in the travel cage in this photo.
I'll try to take a better photo some day now.
Also, we've made amazing progress this week. Today, he let me scratch his head/neck!! It felt so great when his head feathers fluffed up the moment i touched him. And on top of that he actually took a nap when he was perched on my finger today. Couldn't this day get any better
He's still nervous to get on my shoulder and now pretty much comes to my hand even without a treat or toy in sight.
PS: Thank you all for replying! I've been busy this week with exams so couldn't reply straight away.
I'm glad things are going well As he grows older, he may not like petting any more; most budgies don't once they are past the baby stage
Oh yea his name is 'Blue'.
I couldn't think of a better name so just based on his color went with this name!
Things are going well so far. He isn't afraid of my hand and comes to it without fear. Currently in the process of shoulder training!
Wish me luck!