Steps up, but hops back on perch when too far away.
Hi all, I recently got myself a 2-month old budgie - his name's Archer!
So Archer has been living with me for..close to two months now, its been great! He's behaving different than he was during his first week - where he was just still, afraid, and quiet.
Nowadays, he makes a lot of chatter noises when I'm in the room. Makes me feel happy. He eats millet treats out my hand, and even steps up on my finger to eat it. Even without treats, with "Up up" as my command he is okay with doing so...
However, when he's perched on my finger and I move it too far from his perch, he hops back on. I've left the cage door opened for hours but he just doesn't wanna leave it. Even with millet treats and he's munching away - if I move too far away he stops and quickly gets back on the perch.
I guess he's not used to his surroundings yet, maybe? Not sure if there's anything I should avoid doing or if constantly getting him to step up and letting him hop back on his perch repeatedly would become a bad habit in the future..
Need some advice on getting him out! (I've even set up a perch stick on top of his cage for him already.)
Honestly, you should just let your budgie come out on his own time. I've had my budgie for 6 months and he still doesn't like coming out of the cage. Don't try to force him to come out, as that will lessen his trust in you. You can still train him and get him comfortable with you while he's inside the cage
It takes time for a budgie to get comfortable enough to come out of his cage. He sees the cage as his "safe" place.
It would be best to let Archer decide if and when he is ready to come out.
Setting up a little playground outside the cage and ensuring a favorite toy and treat are on it can help.
You can play with the toy and make excited noises.
After a few days of this, Archer may decide he's curious enough to see what is going on.
Having him step up a couple of times daily will keep that habit ingrained which is a good thing.
You may also want to consider trying clicker training with Archer. You can start it working inside his cage and give him positive reinforcement as he progresses.
We's love to see some pictures of Archer if you have any you'd like to share.
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thanks for the advice! I will look into clicker training - I don't have a clicker, but I'm sure I can find something that makes a sound similar to it.
I will definitely wait for Archer just to come out on his own, I've also gone about setting up a small bowl for him to take a bath in... he hasn't done it either tho. I just think he hasn't realize the purpose of why I put it there yet. I'll monitor his cage for progress though!
Anyways, here's a photo of Archer! He's a pretty birb. :