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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 have had two female budgies for two years now. I can get them to sit on my finger or shoulder if there is millet, but if I start moving then they will jump off back into their cage. I don't have a budgie-proof room (I don't even have my own room!) so I don't know how to safely get them out. They can come out if I put millet out but as soon as the millet finishes they will go back in. How can I get them out of their cage and make them stay out? I really want to tame them.
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Old 02-22-2018, 12:39 PM
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In my front room is where I have their cage. In front of their cage is the coffee table. On the coffee table which is lined with newspaper is their mirror. Having the mirror there has enticed Mick to fly out of the cage.

I wish you the best of luck!

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What's the room set up like where the budgies' cage is and what are the other factors (other people? pets? small place? large place?)? How many hours a day can you honestly spend with them? This will help up come up with a plan for you.

Also, what are their names and do you have a pic?
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The cage is in the living room, which is very open (there are no doors) and it's basically where everyone is. The area has two really big windows, some sofas, and it's connected to the dining room and kitchen. it's basically the center of the house. We have some guppies in the same room but no other pets. I have a little brother who can be quite annoying when I'm trying to tame them, and I don't know what to do about him. I can probably spend about 2 hours on weekdays with them, and as much time as it takes on weekends.
Their names are Muffin and Bubbles. I actually don't have a picture as I would have to upload the picture on my computer from my phone. Sorry
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Its much better to have a smaller budgie-safe room in which you an work with your budgies if you want to work on taming and bonding with them.
Aren't there any rooms in your home that have a door? Even a bathroom would be workable. You'd simply need to cover any mirrors and windows during the time the birds are out of the cage.

It is normal for budgies to want to go back into their cage rather than be moved away from it against their will. Remember, their cage is their "safe" place. Taming and bonding takes a great deal of time and patience an is all about helping the birds learn to trust you. They must come to the understanding that you will not force them to be touched and handled against their will. Taming is actually about letting them choose to be with you.

Setting up a small playgym outside their cage with a favorite toy and some millet can help to entice them to want to explore a bit.

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Thanks FaeryBee! So would I take the whole cage to another room while having taming sessions? The cage is quite big and heavy. Should I simply move the cage to a new room altogether? I keep the cage in the living room so they can see us often. Also, I have a playstand but they are scared of it since it's quite big (one of those java branch ones) and my mom won't let me buy a different one.
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Hi there and to the forums!

You've come to a great place to learn even more about budgies! You have been given great advice above.

It's great to keep them in the living room, as that's where the people tend to hang out. However, you can always pin up a sheet in the doorway or something similar to make the room a bit smaller and closed in if you can't move their cage.

It's important not to force them to come out if they don't want to, as FaeryBee said, their cage is their safe space so it's normal for them not to come out.

My girl is also scared of big, new toys/things, but if I keep it by her cage long enough and interact with it (like touching it and making excited noises, putting one of her favorite toys by/on it, putting treats near it) then eventually she warms up to it

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Please keep us posted on how things go! We'd love to meet your budgies when you get the chance

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I have the large Prevue Hendrex F050 cages and am able to roll them fairly easily from one room into another whenever necessary.

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However, if your cage isn't one you can roll easily into another room for the training sessions for Muffin and Bubbles, then using sheets to cordon off a portion of the room as StarlingWings suggested would be a great option.
Depending on how long the distances between walls are, you may be able to use tension rods to hang up the sheets or curtains.

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I've been trying to tame my two female budgies for two years now and have pretty much given up.
Bubbles will sit on my finger occasionally but won't come out of the cage unless there's millet on my hand. Muffin is scared of everything unless millet is involved.
I've gotten both to sit on my head but that was because there was millet. I don't understand how to make them come out of their cage without using so much millet (as soon as the millet finishes, they panic and fly back in).
They prefer an empty cage over a room full of toys, so I can't really use a toy. They like herbs and fruit, but not if they have to leave the cage for it. I have a playstand which they are scared of (even with millet).
The cage is in the living room which is very open. I have left the door open for hours but they don't come out. I'm genuinely helpless as to what to do.
Please help!
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If they don't want to come out of their cage they don't have to and you can't force them.
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