First of all thank you for this site, as it has inspired me to get 2 budgies to accompany me through the daily life and has taught me how to handle them. I just wanted to post this, since this is my first post. Now, to the matter in hand.
My 2 budgies Snowy and Sunny (The name kinda tells their colours) have been with me for 2 months now, and I've interacted with them every day. I knew, that 2 budgies would make the taming process harder, but having one budgie staying home alone, most of the time, while I was studying at the university, sounded unbearable.
You see, I've followed steps, like getting them acquainted with the surroundings and my daily life. To get them to know me well, I even placed them next to my desk. I already knew from the start, that they weren't hand tamed at all, but they came from a local canary breeder. The guy bred canaries for shows and had a pair of budgies (3 months old) as well, that he sold me with everything included (cage, food, toys) for a nice price. Being a student, I don't have many funds to help me through the month, and he was almost too nice about it. From here I chose Snowy, the only bird in the cage that sang, while 3 people were staring at him, and Sunny the more shy one.
I gave them some weeks to settle in. Touched their cage gently whenever I left and returned, and sat in front of their cage talking and singing. When I sing Snowy usually turns it into a duo. Yes, at first they went into full panic whenever my hand came into the cage, but they're over it now, because now they've learned about spray millets. Snowy is the more outgoing one. And if I hold anything, that could be recognised as spray millet, Snowy will come first, with Sunny hot on his tail(feathers), and they will sprint to my hand! With this method, they easily sit on my hand, altough Snowy has food jealousy and wants it all for himself. But this is where I've hit a bump.
I can't rely on food forever? It feels like bribing someone to be your friend. When I open the cage, they usually jump onto the entrance to get millet, I guess? I am trying to get Snowy to jump onto my finger first and SOMETIMES he'll get a treat, but it only works at the entrance. In the cage it only works with food in my hand. Sunny can get on my finger as well, if I have food, but Snowys' jealousy kinda ruins my training with him. So I'm sticking with training snowy at the moment. Now they have a tendency to jump out of the cage to sit on the top, and this gives me troubles, since they can't perch correctly yet. So getting them back into the cage is problematic. Sometimes I wait for them to get back into the cage on their own, and one time I was lucky with trapping them to perch with food.
Of course I don't want this to continue, and I want them to properly perch on my finger. When they started to jump out of the cage, they kinda ruined my taming schedule, since I wanted to bring them outside, when they've finally learned how to perch.
Does some of you have a tip, that can help me pass this bump and make them recognise my finger as the best perching stick ever?