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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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Old 04-30-2018, 08:32 AM
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Question Budgies only play with finger?

Hello, about 2 months ago I bought 2 budgies. When they finally started to trust me, I put my hand in it and they only “bite” me like if they were playing with my hand. I try to make the budgies perch on my finger, but they only step up to play with my thumb. Any ideas on how to continue?

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They could be ‘biting’ you to either explore, or they’re not accepting your hand in their space. You can try holding a bit of millet spray, which is much more enticing to a budgie than your fingers.

Also, make sure you are not progressing to fast. Go at the Budgies’ pace when it comes to building on trust. The millet or seed in your hand, a small favorite toy, etc. can help them associate you with ‘good’ things.

Assure that they also have enough toys of different textures and appropriate size for them. Budgies also love swings. When you get a chance, we’d love to see your birds and their set up .

To familiarize yourself with the forum, we (staff) ask that you take some time to read through the Stickies posts at the top portion on the forum sections, as well as the material in the Articles section. There you’ll find a ton of useful information, and answers to some of the more commonly asked questions.

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We have some toys (2), a swing and a small house to sleep in. Their bites are very soft, and do not hurt. They are not scared of us and seem to enjoy our prescence. We sometimes give them some millet and fruit from the hand, and they simply eat. But when there’s no food, they play with the finger the same way they play with the toys, and nothing else.
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Hi there and to the forums!

If they're only nibbling on your finger, it's a sign that they're exploring your hand and are curious about you and playing with you. I'm glad that they are playful with your finger. If they get to be too obsessed with your fingers, however, distract them with another toy by holding it in front of them and praising them when they play with it instead.

Also, you should not have any sort of "house" or "hut" to sleep in. Budgies do not need these to sleep and it actually encourages nesting behaviors, which you should be discouraging. Additionally, if it is made of cloth, the budgies can get their toenails stuck in it, which can break their legs, or accidentally ingest bits of the fibres, which causes crop impaction. Please take this out right away

Meanwhile, you've come to the best place to learn even more about budgies! Be sure to stay up to date on the very best practices for caring for budgies by reading through the stickies and budgie articles provided in the links above by FaeryBee. If you have any questions, please be sure to ask as we'd love to help!

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