Hi there, I have a question about a shy bird:
I got my budgie at a pet store here. He's a really nice boy, but he's super shy to play and explore. He is finger tame and I can rub his head and all...he's really a nice bird, but he's really shy to the world. Shy to eat new foods...to run around and play.
Even when I'm with him and he's eating millet form my hand, it still requires so much patience.
Is it just a matter of time? Here, it's been 3 months. And he still doesn't yet have the confidence to run around and explore on his own. When on the floor and free, he wants to hide. I want to build him up, but know that my methods, although well intended, aren't cutting it.
This is what I'm thinking about my guy..please confirm or debunk my ideas. :-)
1. Maybe I should lower my expectations. He was raised in a box in a pet store for maybe 5 months of his life before I got him. 5 months++. He might even have been a year old. I took him to an actual bird store later and got him clipped. The guy there (who knows his stuff) said he was nowhere near being a young bird. Anyways, maybe there is just an issue of "he is who he is" and if he is shy and wont really ever want to explore and such, I have to accept that. (I hope it's not this one)
2. I should start clicker training him. I don't think he's a dumb bird. Maybe he is shy because he doesn't have any confidence to do anything.
3. I should get him foraging. But since he doesn't explore much, I think he'll just poop on the foraging things if i put them on the floor of his cage.
4. As an animal lover (and an educator) I need to scrutinize my routines and look at how I deal with him. I'm guessing there is some inconsistency in how I deal with him, like time of day or whatever and thats putting him on the defensive. I basically want to play with him all the time. I just don't know if there is some kind of routine I should do in terms of interacting with him.
Any and all advice is much appreciated! Also, I put pictures of his cage here- so you bird experts here can see his surroundings. The room is well lit (the camera might not reflect that). I kept the window blinds shut for the last month, when I moved the cage in there. I think he was more settled when the windows blinds were drawn. But the room is nice- the dining room- and its a great place to not just eat but read the paper and look out the window, which has a good view. But that good view- might be over stimulating the bird. But- he doesn't go away from the window. He will go to the perch closest to it and look out, so I know he's engaged with the window. I just wonder if that stimulation is making him jittery to interact with me.