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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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Hello

I have two budgies, male and female. Iím not sure how old they are. I got them about four months ago.

The problem is that they canít seem to get comfortable with me. They allow me to hand feed them millet and they let me put my hand and pick them up. I can bring them outside and everything, but they seem to fear me. I feed them millet and things. I talk to them and spend time with them, but they always seem terrified. Sometimes, they randomly fear my hand, even though they didnít fear it, like a minute ago. (I would feed them millet and they would eat it, but randomly, one [usually the female] would begin to freak out and it would cause the other to freak out as well)

They also canít seem to get used to my home. Sometimes, they just stand there doing nothing. I stay far from them (but I keep my eye on them), but they always try and fly back to their cage. I feel as if Iím going too fast.

Questions:
-Should I separate them even though theyíve bonded with one another?
-How can I get them used to my home?
-How can I get them to become more comfortable with me?
-When I let them out, should I put the cage in another room?

Please help! ❤️ Thank you!


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One thing I have learned, is, with multiple budgies they bond to each other. I'm no pro, but they definitely prefer each other, IF they get along. I'm not sure how to get them used to your home.

I have never removed their cage from the room. It is their safe place, don't rush, and take your time. Not every budgie will want you to handle them. I have 3, one will always come over to me. The other two will not, they prefer what they prefer. Have patience, and show them love. That's all the incite I can give you.

I guess I should add, my budgies are roughly 2 years old. A lot of it for me is knowing their personalities. It seems you've done things with them well. You have to just remember they are animals. They do like or even love you, but they do not behave like dogs. If they seem healthy, and happy, you are doing a better job than a lot of animal owners.

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As stated, your budgies' cage is their safe place.
It is very normal for them to want to return to it when they are frightened.

Take the time to read the stickies in the Taming and Bonding Section of the forum.
If you'd like to have more interactions with your birds, working with them doing clicker training may be a good option for you.

https://www.talkbudgies.com/articles-...-training.html

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Hi there and to the forums!

You've been given great advice. It may take some time for them to be confident doing certain things, and that's okay. As long as you take everything at their pace, they will slowly gain trust in you and their environment.

Meanwhile, you've come to the very best place to learn even more about budgies. Be sure to read through all the articles and "stickies" (threads "stuck" to the top of each subforum for easy reference) to ensure you have all the right information to care for your little ones.

If you have any questions after reading through everything, please be sure to ask as we'd love to help

We'd love to meet them when you get a chance!

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I agree, the stickies are indeed great resources!

However, I (as I would also think Lemonandrain) would like to hear about some personal experience/advice from other forum members (perhaps some anecdotes) with regard to the questions Lemonandrain has raised.
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I agree, the stickies are indeed great resources!

However, I (as I would also think Lemonandrain) would like to hear about some personal experience/advice from other forum members (perhaps some anecdotes) with regard to the questions Lemonandrain has raised.
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If you are looking for specifics on how other members have trained their budgies, then I would suggest you go through the various training journal threads. These threads will provide a more in-depth look at how specific members interact with their birds.

Any taming/bonding is going to take a great deal of time and patience on the part of the owner and each budgie is unique.
Using positive reinforcement training yields the best results.
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Ok, thanks! But going haphazardly through all threads will take hours/days and might not even lead to answering LemonandRain's questions...Isn't that what forum's are for, i.e. asking other members for their personal input?
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Ok, thanks! But going haphazardly through all threads will take hours/days and might not even lead to answering LemonandRain's questions...Isn't that what forum's are for, i.e. asking other members for their personal input?
Although many forums operate more like "social networks", where the interactions are more about personal experiences, this forum mainly focuses on learning and knowledge. The information on these forums is an "educational resource". As a new member of Talk Budgies, the first thing everyone should do is start looking through the stickies and articles, as all the information there has been tried, true, and backed by both avian vets and experienced avian scientists. It's true, it may take a while, especially if a member is new to budgies and isn't aware of the "best practices" for caring for budgies.

However, reading a few relevant threads or articles per day will eventually add up, and a member may even find answers to questions they haven't even asked yet!

The thing is, it's more efficient and also more consistent if members are able to read the information they need.

Of course, that doesn't mean people can't ask questions. Questions are always welcome! But it's always more productive if questions can be answered after the member has read through the relevant articles, which cuts down on redundancy and ensures that everyone is coming from the same base of accurate information.

I hope that answers your questions
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Ok, thanks! But going haphazardly through all threads will take hours/days and might not even lead to answering LemonandRain's questions...Isn't that what forum's are for, i.e. asking other members for their personal input?
StarlingWings has addressed your comment and I will elaborate further.

This forums provides "stickies" (i.e. threads that always appear at the top of particular forums) and budgie articles.

These threads address most commonly asked questions and provide a wealth of information regarding budgie care.

For example, if you have questions regarding taming and bonding, the first step should be to review all the stickies and articles on that topic.
The second step would be to then review other members' training journals to see how they approached training of their birds.

Because this forum is a resource guide, we save time and effort by eliminating redundancy as much as possible.
The person with questions should first review information on the relevant topic(s) so Staff and other members do not need to rewrite readily available information.

Please take the time to read through the Site Guidelines, all of the How To Guides, the FAQs, the Budgie Articles and the stickies located at the top of each section of the forum.

Truly, the very BEST advice anyone can offer you is to take the time to read ALL of the stickies throughout the various Talk Budgie forums as well as the Budgie Articles we have posted.

These are great resources for Talk Budgie members and have a wealth of reliable information which will assist you to learn the best practices in caring for your budgies for their optimal health and well-being.

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Hello

I have two budgies, male and female. Iím not sure how old they are. I got them about four months ago.

The problem is that they canít seem to get comfortable with me. They allow me to hand feed them millet and they let me put my hand and pick them up. I can bring them outside and everything, but they seem to fear me. I feed them millet and things. I talk to them and spend time with them, but they always seem terrified. Sometimes, they randomly fear my hand, even though they didnít fear it, like a minute ago. (I would feed them millet and they would eat it, but randomly, one [usually the female] would begin to freak out and it would cause the other to freak out as well)

They also canít seem to get used to my home. Sometimes, they just stand there doing nothing. I stay far from them (but I keep my eye on them), but they always try and fly back to their cage. I feel as if Iím going too fast.

Questions:
-Should I separate them even though theyíve bonded with one another?
-How can I get them used to my home?
-How can I get them to become more comfortable with me?
-When I let them out, should I put the cage in another room?

Please help! ❤️ Thank you!
1. You may wish to separate the two budgies only during the time when you are working on taming and bonding simply so you can give each of them one-on-one attention.
However, I would not recommend housing the two birds separately as they are already used to one another's company.
2. Generally owners have one room where their budgies are given out-of-cage time.
Placing a playground outside the cage with a few favorite toys can help the budgies become more comfortable with being outside their cage.
3. This question is addressed in the stickies and budgie articles. It takes time and patience for budgies to become comfortable with a human. Taming and Bonding is all about TRUST. Budgies cannot be expected to act like anything but birds and it is important you accept them as they are.
4. When you let the birds out of the cage, I would not move the cage into another room. That may stress the birds more. They need to know they can return to their safe place when they are ready to do so.

Please read the Budgie Articles, Stickies and other members' training journals.
If after carefully reviewing all that information you have specific questions we will be happy to try to help.
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