So I've had my budgie Rito for about 2 months now (1st bird I've ever owned), and he's pretty tame thus far, he will step up consistently when perched. However when he hangs out on my desk he gets the idea that me moving my hands means I'm trying to grab him :c. It bothers me because I feel like he's nervous around me, but I haven't done anything to instigate it. He doesn't have a freak out, just runs away and makes sure he isn't facing away from me. Am I overreacting? Or is there something I can do to help teach him he's safe always? Thanks much Oh also he's pretty young if that means anything.
I’d just keep talking to him while he’s on your desk & you’re moving your hands. If he runs away because he thinks you’re going to grab him, stop and reassure him. As silly as it may sound, tell him it’s ok, he’s a good boy, he’s not going to be grabbed etc. If you’re moving your hands fast, he’s more likely to get a fright and make a run for it, which is totally normal. When he’s close to you, you could try just moving your hands slowly so he can see there’s nothing to be scared of. It shouldn’t take too long for him to learn that you’re not going to grab him or do anything he doesn’t want you to. Good luck. I hope this helps.
He's still new to this just like you, give him some time
Each bird is different though, remember. One of mine loves to be handled and the other, even though I've had her her whole 4 years and she knows I won't hurt her, screams at me if she thinks I'm gonna try and pick her up and she's not 'allowed' it.
Budgies, which are a prey species, have evolved instincts that help protect them from becoming a meal for a predator. Sudden movements are hard-wired into these instincts to a greater or lesser degree in individuals. In taming and and later bonding, it's important that you do everything to increase trust. As Kellie said, make sure your hand movements are very slow and positive response to your hand can be increased by food reward (spray millet offerings). I think you're doing fine at two months, and if he's hanging with you at your desk, this is the beginnings of bonding which is a big plus. Just take things slowly, and remember that they are all individuals.
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You've been given great advice. Taking things at his own pace is the best way to gain his trust over time. You're well on your way now, but try not to get impatient and over the time of months he will get closer to you.
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He seems to be alot more comfortable with my hands now. He is still sometimes wary, but isn't fright so much as it is him not wanting hands near him. It's just his personality I guess, but he's definitely very playful and loves to play with his wooden stick . Thanks for the tips everyone!