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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 08-18-2018, 08:36 PM
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Hi all,

I have a budgie named Charlie, we got him in Jan 2018 so he's only months old.
We got him hand-tamed and when we first brought him home he would snuggle into my neck. After about a month or two and he started not liking to get touched and he stopped snuggling. There was something that happened in between that I think might have caused this: one night we left a little color changing light in his cage (I read somewhere that some budgies are scared of the dark) and the next morning his attitude changed completely. He now gets scared of hands, and screams if you hand comes in the cage (and even more if you pick him up), and if you do get him out of the cage, he will fly straight back(every time)

I would love for him to be cuddly again, I will do ANYTHING to get him back to what he was when we first got him

Thanks, Breanna(newbie here)


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Old 08-19-2018, 11:13 AM
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Hi Breanna and to the forums!

Budgies are weaned around two months of age, which would make your little one around eight months old now This means he's most likely hit budgie puberty, in which your previously cuddly and affectionate baby turns into a typical teenager

Budgies are not cuddly birds naturally, and they usually dislike to be touched past the baby stage. He's just growing out of being touched, which is normal

Here's a link with more information:

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Meanwhile, you've come to the best place to learn even more about the best practices for budgie care. Be sure to read through the forum's many budgie articles and stickies to stay updated on everything! If you have questions after reading through everything, be sure to ask as we'd love to help.

We hope to meet little Charlie soon!

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Old 08-19-2018, 06:35 PM
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Hi Breanna and to Talk Budgies

StarlingWings has offered you excellent advice.

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.

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Hi Breanna

I agree with StarlingWings, that Charlie might just be growing up. I think the light is just a coincidence. When most Budgies grow into the teenage phase, they will start to set boundaries with you and let you know that they no longer would like to be handled in that way, if at all. Of course as with all animals, they’re individuals, where some personalities will stay very tame or even cuddly, but that is definitely not the majority. It’s a bonus, and not something to necessarily expect with birds. Look at the Stickies in the Taming and Bonding section, and keep working with Charlie consistently. You might find that over time, he’ll come to be a little closer again than he is now. But don’t be too disappointed if he doesn’t. It’s the typical nature of birds .

We have a great amount of resources here for budgies, so be sure to read through our Stickies and Articles. Also the links above from FaeryBee. You’ll find answers to many questions. To post pics, we recommend a photo sharing site, such as Imgur.
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When does the "teenage" phase typically start and roughly how long does it last for?
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