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astarofaz 12-24-2017 12:25 AM

Budgie Newbie
I adopted a 3+/- year old female budgie (who I named Tuppence A. bag) about 6 weeks ago. For the first two weeks that I had her I had to corner her and grab her from her cage in order to give her an antibiotic for an infection she had contracted from her previous owner. After that was doe I started trying to get her uses to me. I followed the steps that are most used (start by talking with them, put your hand on the cage, put your hand in the cage, offer them treats from your hand, etc). Tuppence will step up on my finger and will let me take her out of her cage on my finger. Once she's out of the cage she fly's off and finds a perch I in the room. She'll step up on my finger from the perch, but she spooks easily with my hand still and flys away.

She seems to still be afraid of me (she'll scurry to the other side of the cage when I walk by for example), but I am getting mixed signals from her being willing to step up.

I am wondering what my next steps should be to better gain her trust. Do I continue to bring her out every day and continue to hand feed her and let her fly around a bit? Or is doing that causing more harm than good?:lovie 1:

JRS 12-24-2017 06:20 AM

I think you’re doing very well. Just be patient and build the trust, allow her to fly off if she wants to. Budgies even when tame are very easily spooked. She sounds as though she’s beginning to trust you, but still needs to work out what is happening all around her and double check that it seems safe, before she comes forward.
Move slowly around her and chat before you move, so that her attention is drawn to you, rather than her just catching movement at the edges of her vision.

Try to create a play area outside the cage (or on the cage roof if the cage is a flat top and reachable for yourself). Put some tasty treats there to make it more appealing. You can just sit beside it chatting to her and then once she’s at ease there (will chose to fly there from her cage herself), gradually begin to play with her there.
You could also look at the stickies for target training.

For 4 weeks post having to catch her daily, she is doing fantastically well! Just be patient and remember that little and often is best. :)

FaeryBee 12-24-2017 08:12 AM

Hi! :welcome: to Talk Budgies

I agree with Julia that Tuppence is doing extremely well - especially considering all she has been through. Take things slowly and at her pace - you're doing great!

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StarlingWings 12-24-2017 12:19 PM

Hi there and :welcome: to the forums!

You've been given great advice and resources above!

We look forward to meeting your budgie, she sounds adorable!

You've come to a great place to learn even more about these sweet birds! Be sure to read through the links provided above as they include many useful articles and "stickies" which will help you stay updated on the very best of budgie care practices!

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

We look forward to seeing you and Tuppence around the forums!

Cheers :wave:

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