I got little Vince about 3 weeks ago. He's alot more comfortable in my company now and I can manage to feed him from my hand in his cage.
However, when I pull my hand further away, rather than jumping on it he will just stop eating. How do I get from him eating from my hand to him stepping up onto my finger? If I hold my finger near him he doesn't seem to want to come to it at all and can sometimes fly off as if he is a little scared of it. How long does this roughly take? If it generally takes awhile to build the trust for him to jump onto my hand, that's fine - I just wanted to make sure I'm doing it all right!
Also, he hasnt had a fly outside of his cage yet because I was waiting for him to be finger trained first - is this the right thing to do, or should he have a fly around by now?
EDIT: Just wanted to add in a photo!
Last edited by VincentBudgie; 09-09-2017 at 05:53 AM.
It sounds as though you are making great progress with Vincent.
The fact he moves away from you when you move your hand isn't unusual.
It takes a long time for a budgie to build up trust and you've only had Vincent for three weeks.
Taming and Bonding takes a great deal of time and patience and you must always work at Vincent's pace.
What I would suggest is that you put a few seeds in the palm of your hand.
Place your hand a bit lower and not right against the perch where Vincent is sitting.
Now, simply hold you hand very still.
It may take awhile but, in time, Vincent will get brave enough to put one foot on your hand as he stretches to reach the seed in your palm.
Keep doing this same exercise each day and in time he'll hop onto your hand to get the seed.
Many budgies do not like being moved toward the door of their cage.
You have to do work very gradually in moving your hand toward the cage in small increments over a period of days.
Once you feel confident you can get Vincent back into his cage if/when you allow him to come out, (without having to "grab" him) then simply leave the cage door open and allow him to come out on his own when he's ready.
The room needs to be bird-safe and you need to be there to supervise him and ensure he gets back into his cage safely so be sure you have plenty of time when you do this.
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Rewards for wanted behaviors work well with birds. They remember they get something they like if they do the thing you wish they do. Also works great with Dogs too, as food gets results with them also. Do not worry about a set time to have succeeded with what you want the bird to do. I have had a time where I never thought I would win over 1 pet, yet he just become more friendly and cooperative with me.
You've been given great advice above by FaeryBee. Vincent sounds like a sweetheart and we'd love to meet him when you get a chance!
It's great to have you with us and you couldn't have come to a better place to learn even more about budgies! I can't wait to meet your new little friend.
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