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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!!

so for the past few days ive been starting taming my two male budgies Blu and Peep and they've been doing great so far and dont seem as scared and terrified of my hand as they were 2 months ago when they first come to their new home.

Ive been trying to get them to step onto my hand for the past 3 days and have had 9 attempts up to now.
While doing so they didnt fly away from me and stayed standing on their perch, unless i made any movement thats startled them although they came back righr after.
the second day of trying this Peep (who is normally super terrified of me and waits for Blu to make the first go!!) was slowly moving his head towards my hand with millet seed in it and he got down to my hand right where it was and just has he reached it he realised he was too far away to eat it , meaning he had to step down onto my hand but he didnt.

Today i repeated what i was doing and put my hand infront of them to step down and eat but they seemed even more jumpy with me today for some reason. after a first try i left them alone and came back around an hour later to try again. i decided to have the millet at the finger tips of my hand rather than at my palm as my finger tips would be closer to them.

almost immediately Peep went for the millet, while it was resting on my fingers and Blu curiously loomed over while on his little swing wanting to get on in the millet too!!
(i find it so funny they follow each other in all they do!!)

the millet bits were too small to keep on my hand without falling off so i ended up having to hold it between my fingers but i tried to keep my hand in a flat position but becauss of the cage it was a bit awkward to so i ended up having to hold it at an angel for them both most of the time, but they still went for it! plus Blu accepted to take it from my hand flat beside him which was good!!

i have a video of them eating i wanted to upload to see if im doing the right thing and if theyre having a good responce! but im not sure if i can upload videos on here and if not ill upload some screenshots of it!!

its already been taken to my attention of the cage size for the two birdies and the new perches and more toys needed - im looking into it all although it all is quite costly here and might be a while but as soon as possible Blu and Peep whll have a lovely improved home. (this is also another reason why i want to tame them as soon and good as i can so i can allow them lots of time to roam around a room in the house for exercise and things to explore, all under my supervision of course and with lots of games with me also!!)

i really want to be the best mother for my two babies and would love all the advice and tips i could get to better my relationship with them and have them live a happy life!!

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Old 04-10-2018, 04:58 PM
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ive been reading through stickies of how to tame ect. and doing some research and ive notcied two main ways to tame budgies and im wondering which is best?

the two methods ive seen mainly are basicially;

1.having a treat on your hand and allowing the bird to come to you when it eventually becomes confrotable with you, stepping onto your hand to get food

2. using a perch to get the bird to step onto continuously and then eventually your finger to step on to

which of the two would be best to tame?
i have two budgies im training at the same time so which would work best?
thank you!!

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I like the first method best - especially when working with multiple budgies.


I've merged your two threads regarding Taming and Bonding into one and made it into a "Training Journal" for you.
Please post any additional updates or questions you have about Taming and Bonding in this thread.
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Your little ones are very cute! Sounds like you have made some good progress with Blu and Peep already! I know it feels really slow, but as you look back at your journal later, you will realize how far you have come. Keep up the good work!
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Well done with the progress you're making with your two babies. Getting your birds to trust your hands is the most difficult part of the process in my opinion. Once your birds are comfortable with your hands (will happily eat from them, won't run off when you put your hand in their cage, will step up for you, either onto your hand or a perch), it becomes a lot easier to work with them and to teach them other things because they know that you're not going to hurt them. Of course that doesn't mean that they're not going to be stubborn at times and ignore you in favour of doing their own thing. You should be really proud of the progress you're making with your two birds. It is harder working with two birds than it is with one because the birds will generally rather stick together than listen to us.

Keep up the great work. I look forward to reading your updates.




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Peep is bleeding.

this morning i got up and went to feed them and get a bit of taming done and i noticed peeps bleeding from his side below his wing.
i cant tell exactly if the bleedings from his wing or his back/chest area.

hes flying around the cage okay and doesnt seem to be in pain and hes playing around with his feathers as usual.

at first i was quite worried that peep and blu got in a fight over night or early this morning because right before they went to bed last night i was with them and everything was completely fine. although when taking a look at him, theres no signs of blood from peep anywhere on blu (nothing on beak, feet, body or face) while there is a bit of blood on peeps beak and his other feathers. also peep and blus interactions with each other are just the same, theyre close to each other and dont seem to have fallen out so i dont think it was blu who injured peep.

the bleeding isnt much and there is a bit. its dried up now and seems to have stopped.

ive been thinking about it and im guessing maybe peep accedently hurt himself? but im not too sure on the theory.

not quite sure what to do now? but ill keep a close eye on them.

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i took a closer look at peep and it seems like the bleeding coming from his back and not his wing

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You need to get the bleeding stopped right away.
Use flour or corn-starch on the area that is bleeding.
Keep Peep quiet and separate him from Blu.

https://www.talkbudgies.com/articles-...first-aid.html

It's important you determine what has caused the injury or trauma. Check all toys, perches and areas of the cage for sharp objects.

I recommend you take Peep into an Avian Vet for a full examination.

Avian Vets have special training to determine the cause of symptoms resulting from illness or trauma.
This is important as "regular" vets will often overlook symptoms that are quickly obvious to an Avian Vet.
When you rely on anyone who has not had training in Avian diagnosis and care, you may be delaying effective treatment.
This can prolong suffering that may be avoidable.
The bird will often require a more intense, prolonged treatment with a poorer chance of full recovery than it would have if you seek prompt professional diagnosis and treatment at the first sign of illness.

Distinction between an Avian Vet and a Vet that "Will See Birds"

Having your budgie examined by an Avian Vet allows you to develop a good relationship with the vet in case your bird needs care for an injury or illness in the future. Additionally, it is always helpful for the vet to have a baseline for your bird to refer to should it need future treatment.

https://www.talkbudgies.com/articles-...amination.html
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I am sorry to hear that Peep was hurt. Best of luck to you in finding the cause. Let us know how he is doing.
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So the past two days have been stressful in trying to figure out whats wrong with Peep, but i think we have finally cracked the case.

the bleeding began on saturday morning (or late friday night) but by the time i notcied it it had already stopped bleeding and dried up, until it started bleeding again.

it stopped again and after research we found out that flour or corn starch was good to clot up wounds, so the plan of attack was if it started bleeding again we would put flour in the wound.

after and intense day trying to squeeze research i have come to notice that the issue eith peep is simply a broken blood feather.

ive went and watched multiple videos online and blogs explaining blood feathers and what to do incase of one and that is - pulling it out.

in other places i also read that it its stopped bleeding to leave it alone to out grow? and its got me a bit confused.

as of right now Peep is not bleeding and the blood seems so have clot up again. my worry is that he starts picking at it again and it starts bleeding?

so basicially, should we go on to pull the feather out even though its not bleeding anymore? or wait it out until the feather grows out again?
and suppose it does start bleeding again, would the go to solution be to pull the feather out?

apologies if this makes little sense, i wrote it in a hurry.

thank you!

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It is best you remove the broken blood feather even though the bleeding has stopped.
If you do not do so, and Peep bumps the feather again, the bleeding will restart.
A budgie can bleed out very quickly.

Cockatiels, Blood Feathers, Broken Blood Feathers,How to Pull a Broken Blood Feather from a Bird, What is a Blood Feather

I strongly recommend you read the information in the link I provided in my previous post and ensure you have a Birdie First Aid Kit set up and on hand.

Avian First Aid

Birdie First Aid Kit

Information on Blood Feathers

Reading all of the Budgie Articles and Stickies throughout the forums will be a great help to you.
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