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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 09-16-2018, 07:23 AM
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Hi Guys,

So I have 2 x 4 months old budgies that I bought from a pet store a week ago. I bought 1 male (Donald) and 1 female (Daisy) and thought they could be companions to each others whenever I not around and they won't get too bored. But found out from forum that it would be rather tough to train the bird when it comes in pair, there were recommendation to separate both in 2 cages.

Both budgies are in good health, they hopping around the cages to reach for food and water. There were about 5 budgies to choose from the pet store and they caged in pair initially, but I got one solo from a cage and picked another one from another cage, so they weren't caged together earlier. I'm glad they bond well within a week and they could preen on each others.

They still afraid of me.. the hand.. I'm trying to work out on everything that I could based on the guidelines on this forum and youtube.

I'm glad they started eating and drinking after 24 hours settling in their new cage, heard typically new budgies may take a week not eating and drinking... stressful to have Daisy & Donald to go through this which luckily they ain't.

They just eat seeds and nothing else, probably they were fed with seeds but nothing else since they were in pet stores. 2 things I need to do are simply taming & bonding them as well as getting them to eat the pellet (yes, they don't even touch the pellets) + fruits & vege.

I was thinking to mix up some crumbles of the pellets in their seeds cup, if this is successful, I could swap with fruits & vege. Thought this is a good way to train up their food chain and have them had balance diet.

I would also need to have them get used of my hands. I would try to lure them to perch on my palm by having seeds on my palm. Thought of taking away their seeds for couple of hours and train them this way but read somewhere not so recommended.

Also realising I may need a bigger cage to keep my birds happy as the one i bought was barely 16 inches long. The perches were also plastic and I got to know wooden perches are better for their feet, too!

I have bought some toys online for them and for the time being, I decorated their cage with 2 toys but I don't see them biting the toys at all.

Here are some photos of my budgies and I couldn't wait to tame them and bond with them. I welcome any comments or recommendation. Thanks!








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Daisy and Donald are very cute! You definitely need a bigger cage, the MINIMUM for two budgies is 18"x18"x30". The cage you have now would make a good hospital/travel cage. Also, I'm not sure because the pictures are not the best for determining gender, but I think you may have two females
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Daisy and Donald are very cute! You definitely need a bigger cage, the MINIMUM for two budgies is 18"x18"x30". The cage you have now would make a good hospital/travel cage. Also, I'm not sure because the pictures are not the best for determining gender, but I think you may have two females
Oh I hope not. They are 4 months old so the ceres still doesn't show the colour. One is slightly bigger with whitish pink ceres and another one is whitish blue. They tend to look away when I took their pictures. Will try again and show here.
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Hi Mike and to the forums!

Daisy and Donald are gorgeous! I agree that from the pictures so far, you seem to have two girls That's great news because then you don't have to worry about accidentally breeding!

Is there any particular reason you wanted a boy and a girl? Two budgies of the same gender get along with each other just as well as those of opposite genders.

Meanwhile, you've been given great advice regarding their cage. Be sure to also read through the forums' many budgie articles and "stickies" (threads "stuck" to the top of each subform for easy reference) to ensure you're up to date on the best of budgie care practices.

If you have questions after doing so, be sure to ask!

Hope to see you, Donald and Daisy around the forums!
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This is the size of my cage. 17 in long x 9 in wide x 17.7 in high
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a closer pictures of them... they tend to look away when I took their photos.
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Hi Mike and to the forums!

Daisy and Donald are gorgeous! I agree that from the pictures so far, you seem to have two girls That's great news because then you don't have to worry about accidentally breeding!

Is there any particular reason you wanted a boy and a girl? Two budgies of the same gender get along with each other just as well as those of opposite genders.

Meanwhile, you've been given great advice regarding their cage. Be sure to also read through the forums' many budgie articles and "stickies" (threads "stuck" to the top of each subform for easy reference) to ensure you're up to date on the best of budgie care practices.

If you have questions after doing so, be sure to ask!

Hope to see you, Donald and Daisy around the forums!
Thank you! I thought opposite genders bond better. They do feed seeds to each others, does same sex do that? Hmm...

It would be fun to see them breeding and I like to witness the processes.
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Def will want a bigger cage for these two cuties!

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Thank you! I thought opposite genders bond better. They do feed seeds to each others, does same sex do that? Hmm...

It would be fun to see them breeding and I like to witness the processes.
It's very common for birds to feed another bird they consider a friend, so it's not just a male to female act.

Two females can bond just as well as a male/female pair. Even if it was a male/female pairing you'd want to do all you can to discourage breeding between them. There are some great stickies on the forum about the reasons why:

https://www.talkbudgies.com/budgie-b...want-eggs.html

As for diet, budgies are mainly seed eaters in the wild, so feeding them 1 1/2 tsp -2 tsp a day each is still fine while introducing new foods.

I found that with pellets budgies will try them if they are more ground up like a crumble (my budgie likes them ground up very fine)

But both your birds are so lovely! I hope we get to see more pictures of them soon. :>
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It's very common for birds to feed another bird they consider a friend, so it's not just a male to female act.

Two females can bond just as well as a male/female pair. Even if it was a male/female pairing you'd want to do all you can to discourage breeding between them. There are some great stickies on the forum about the reasons why:

https://www.talkbudgies.com/budgie-b...want-eggs.html

As for diet, budgies are mainly seed eaters in the wild, so feeding them 1 1/2 tsp -2 tsp a day each is still fine while introducing new foods.

I found that with pellets budgies will try them if they are more ground up like a crumble (my budgie likes them ground up very fine)

But both your birds are so lovely! I hope we get to see more pictures of them soon. :>
Hello, thank you for the info! I did read about the articles of budgies' breeding and reproduction and realised that female budgies would continue laying eggs whenever they hit the puberty, just like girls going into ovulation and period, etc. Just that the eggs won't turn into chicks and hatch without male's presence....?

I reckon on the 2 x teaspoons seeds and should gradually reduce the seeds to intro more fruits and vege in part of the daily diet. As you can see, i mix up the pellets in their seeds cup. Hoping they would eat it up.



I know the seeds are a bit too many as it was mostly leftover for I stocked up their seeds before I left for a trip for over 36 hours.

Few more photos of them, they look away everytime I took their photos. Still too shy...



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I was looking in KL around for affordable and budget bigger cage as recommended in the forum for budgies and I found one in KL after some 35 mins drive.

This cage cost 65 MYR which is about 15.7 USD! Quite good with the size of 23.7 in long x 15.7 wide x 15.7 high. You can also see a budgie I've bought, it was a tamed budgie and I was immediately bonded with him! It cost 95 MYR which is about 23 USD!

I named him Yellow and briefly introduced him to Daisy & Donald and vice verse. Will quarantine him from Daisy Donald for 45 days as recommended and I probably won't put them in same cage until I manage to tame Daisy & Donald.











I shall let Yellow settle down for 24 to 48 hours before taking him out of the cage to play with him. I will monitor his diet. He would need to start eating and drinking first as I was trying to feed him seeds, pellets, strawberry, grape, but he denied all despite he would perch on my hand and finger. Good to know from the pet store that Yellow has been fed with vege and fruits!
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