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Taming and Bonding Taming and Bonding is all about helping your budgie learn to TRUST you. This requires time and patience and does not happen overnight.

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I've had Schuyler for nearly four weeks now. He's a nice little guy, and is okay with my finger next to him while he's on his perch. Sometimes he even puts one foot one my finger voluntarily! However, when I place my hand next to him while he's at the bottom of his cage, he goes nuts. Any ideas on why this is happening?

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Is your hand going above him at that point? Budgies really do not like it if you move your hand from above them- it reminds them of an aerial predator.
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If your budgie reacts negatively to certain things, like coming from above him, as Katherine pointed out, this can be seen as a predator.
His behaviour is telling you not to do it again as he doesn't like it.

It's great that your observing his behaviours and learning what they mean as this will help you establish a good bond with him. And it seems other than this, he's doing very well so far.
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Hi there and to the forums!

You've been given great advice. It's important not to make any sudden moves, or reach for anything that's above your budgie. Both indicate "predator" and will scare him.

It's best to work very slowly with him and continue getting him used to your hand over a period of time

Also, be sure to read through the forum's many Budgie Articles and "stickies" (threads "stuck" to the top of each subform for easy reference) to ensure you're up to date on all the best practices for budgie care.

If you have any questions after reading through everything, be sure to ask!

I can't wait to meet your little boy!

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That is correct. That is how predators in the wild approach prey. Just keep your hand lower to keep him calm.
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Thank you all! I'm now currently able to take him out of his cage and play with him He enjoys snuggling into my neck and chest. It's really ticklish, haha. Anyway, thanks again!
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