Planning our first Budgies - Talk Budgies Forums


User Menu
Forum Home
Budgie Gallery
Budgie FAQ
Site Guidelines
How-To-Guide
Members List
Today's Posts
Log In
Register now!
Search



Advanced Search
Popular Forums
Announcements

Budgie Articles

Budgie Talk

Budgie Pictures

Budgie Videos

Budgie Behavior

Determining Gender

Your Budgie's Health

Taming and Bonding

Budgie Breeding

In Memory

Other Birds

Contests

Chit Chat

Site Information

Talk Network
Talk Budgies
Talk Cockatiels
Talk Parrotlets
Talk Parrots
Sponsored Ads

Go Back   Talk Budgies Forums > Budgie Talk > Taming and Bonding


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.

Closed Thread
 
Short URL LinkBack Thread Tools
  #1  
Old 01-23-2019, 09:21 AM
Zefier's Avatar
Egg
 
Profile:Zefier is offline
Join Date: Jan 2019
Posts: 13
Gallery: 0
Karma:
Points: 10
Rep Power: 0
Zefier is on a distinguished road
Default Planning our first Budgies

Hi, I'm planning on getting my first Budgie ever, I've wanted a Budgie for as long as I've found out they're a thing. Just recently I've got the green light to get one, so I've been really doubling down on my research (The stickied threads here and owner accounts have been a wonderful help! As have Alen AxP's videos on youtube)

However, I have a sister with OCD and Anxiety issues who needs a pet she can bond with, and was considering also getting a Budgie, or a Cockatiel (She was thinking of getting that as it's a bit less energetic).

So the question of hand-training the Budgies has come up, if we do get two budgies, we were wondering if it would be wise to keep them in one or two cages? From what we've read, it's harder to train budgies when they already have another budgie to form bonds with in the same cage.

However, obviously a second cage can be a bit expensive, and it makes my sister wonder if she shouldn't just go the Cockatiel route. Though I would probably eventually get two budgies anyway. I kind of wanted an opinion on that though? How greatly would taming a new Budgie be effected by keeping two in the same cage?

Thanks for the time and, thank you again for all the great guides on the forum!

Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #2  
Old 01-23-2019, 10:28 AM
Cody's Avatar
Moderator


State:
 
Profile:Cody is offline
Gender:
Number of Budgies: 8
Budgie Experience Level: Budgie Lover
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Chicago suburbs
Posts: 2,050
Gallery: 1
Karma:
Points: 2381
Rep Power: 10
Cody has a reputation beyond reputeCody has a reputation beyond reputeCody has a reputation beyond reputeCody has a reputation beyond reputeCody has a reputation beyond reputeCody has a reputation beyond reputeCody has a reputation beyond reputeCody has a reputation beyond reputeCody has a reputation beyond reputeCody has a reputation beyond reputeCody has a reputation beyond repute
Default

Hi Zefier,
Glad you have found the information on the fourm helpful and it's great that you are doing some research before getting the bird(s). It is generally easier to train and bond with a bird when there is one at a time, but birds are all different personalities and there is never a guarantee that they will become a close companion, some birds just don't have that in their personality. If you were two have two budgies, each in their own cage, they would still hear one another and most likely want to be together, they are flock animals and naturally want to be in the company of their own. You may want to start with one bird and see how the training goes and add a second at a later date. You should not keep different species in the same cage so if you got a Budgie and a Cockatiel you would need two cages. Training and bonding with any bird takes a good deal of time and patience, I mean months, not weeks, you have to go at the bird's pace, which can sometimes be frustrating because you want so much for the bird to become a close buddy, but if things are rushed you can do more harm than good.
If you are looking for a pet for your sister,and if by bonding you mean one that you can cuddle and pet, a bird may not be the best choice as most birds do not like to be held and cuddled, but if one is content with the bird being friendly to the point of sitting on your finger or shoulder then a bird may be fine.
__________________
  #3  
Old 01-23-2019, 12:11 PM
Egg
 
Profile:Spangled Lady is offline
Gender:
Number of Budgies: 2
Budgie Experience Level: Budgie Enthusiast
Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: USA
Posts: 40
Gallery: 0
Karma:
Points: 10
Rep Power: 1
Spangled Lady is on a distinguished road
Default

I am glad you are drawn to budgies. They are intelligent little birds that can find a way into your heart. In my opinion bird companions are just that, not pets as they do retain their wildness. Generally speaking birds of any species are not so good around children if your sister is young. Reason being the sometimes sudden, fast movements of a young person and loud voices.
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #4  
Old 01-23-2019, 03:00 PM
Jesska's Avatar
Jesska (Jessica)
Birb
 
Profile:Jesska is offline
Gender:
Number of Budgies: 1
Budgie Experience Level: Budgie Owner
Join Date: Apr 2018
Location: New Zealand
Posts: 200
Gallery: 0
Karma:
Points: 177
Rep Power: 2
Jesska has a spectacular auraJesska has a spectacular aura
Default

Hi there!

This is the best place to get info for your research. Alen AxP's videos can be good, I need to point out some of his practices are outdated, such as he uses dowel perches (which can create pressure sores) and let's his budgies have mirrors, which are not good for our feathered friends. Just a heads up. :>

I have ADHD and anxiety and my son has autism, and though having a budgie has been great for me, my bird was hand raised and still is not cuddly. For me it's fine as I get soothed by just watching my bird (I find it very relaxing to just watch him groom himself, play with his toys, eat, fly), however if sound can upset your sister than remember a budgie can be vocal and that cannot (and shouldn't) be trained out of them. If your sister would enjoy the visual stimulation and the company of a bird as a bird (not a bird as a dog) than it's something to think about - but if you want something to cuddle a bird would not be a good route. Feel free to message me if you have any questions about birds and neurodiverse people. :>
  #5  
Old 01-23-2019, 05:59 PM
RavensGryf's Avatar
RavensGryf (Julie)
Super Moderator/Member of the Month October 2015

State:
 
Profile:RavensGryf is offline
Gender:
Number of Budgies: 2
Budgie Experience Level: Budgie Owner
Join Date: May 2015
Location: Southern California
Posts: 6,448
Gallery: 0
Karma:
Points: 4942
Rep Power: 15
RavensGryf has a reputation beyond reputeRavensGryf has a reputation beyond reputeRavensGryf has a reputation beyond reputeRavensGryf has a reputation beyond reputeRavensGryf has a reputation beyond reputeRavensGryf has a reputation beyond reputeRavensGryf has a reputation beyond reputeRavensGryf has a reputation beyond reputeRavensGryf has a reputation beyond reputeRavensGryf has a reputation beyond reputeRavensGryf has a reputation beyond repute
Default

Hi, welcome

It’s great that you’re doing research and reading the Stickies before getting a budgie . You’ve been given good advice.

One potential red flag I see, is that you mention the cost of an additional cage. It’s a good plan to have enough money saved up for emergencies, or anything that may come up (or, have parents who can back you up financially if your animals need unexpected supplies or vet care). We see so many times, young people with a budgie or small animal who needs vet care but do not have enough money, and no one who is willing to pay for it for them. It’s very sad. Please make sure this is not an issue before proceeding with one or two birds.
__________________
  #6  
Old 01-23-2019, 06:09 PM
Blingy's Avatar
Blingy (Kellie)
Young Budgie
State:
 
Profile:Blingy is offline
Gender:
Number of Budgies: 3
Budgie Experience Level: Budgie Owner
Join Date: Feb 2018
Location: Australia
Posts: 745
Gallery: 0
Karma:
Points: 553
Rep Power: 3
Blingy is a name known to allBlingy is a name known to allBlingy is a name known to allBlingy is a name known to allBlingy is a name known to allBlingy is a name known to all
Default

Hi there and welcome! I also have quite the list of mental health issues (inc anxiety, PTSD, depression ), and for me I find Iíd much rather be at home with my birds than out with people. My birds donít judge me and accept me for who I am, faults and all. I have 3 budgies. I got two together almost a year ago, one of which will land on me when out of the cage. The other has landed on me a few times after seeing his friend do it. I then got a hand tame baby just before Christmas. Heís just now starting to have out of cage time with the other two but he still sees me as his flock. If the other two come near me he gets jealous and comes over to claim his place as mummyís boy. If you just enjoy your birds for who they are, Iím sure youíll be very happy. As mentioned above though, you canít go into it without knowing what to expect when it comes to noise and mess etc if those are triggers for your sister. Good luck!


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  #7  
Old 01-23-2019, 09:26 PM
FaeryBee's Avatar
FaeryBee (Deborah)
Administrator



State:
 
Profile:FaeryBee is offline
Gender:
Number of Budgies: 7
Budgie Experience Level: Budgie Enthusiast
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Florida
Posts: 53,134
Gallery: 0
Karma:
Points: 25018
Rep Power: 79
FaeryBee has a reputation beyond reputeFaeryBee has a reputation beyond reputeFaeryBee has a reputation beyond reputeFaeryBee has a reputation beyond reputeFaeryBee has a reputation beyond reputeFaeryBee has a reputation beyond reputeFaeryBee has a reputation beyond reputeFaeryBee has a reputation beyond reputeFaeryBee has a reputation beyond reputeFaeryBee has a reputation beyond reputeFaeryBee has a reputation beyond repute
Default

Hi! to Talk Budgies

I'm so glad you are doing your research before bringing one or more birds into your heart and home.
It's great the budgie articles and stickies are helping you.

Remember that it is important that you be able to care for any pet you get if it becomes ill or injured.

Be Prepared for Veterinary Expense

You've been given excellent advice with regard to having a second cage.
We never recommend that different species (e.g. budgies and cockatiels) be housed in the same cage.
Additionally, the size of the cage you choose as well as the accessories are going to be important.
You should always have a spare cage on hand for use as a quarantine/hospital/travel cage.

Recommended Minimum Cage Sizes
Essentials for a Great Cage
Resource Directory

Truly, the very BEST advice anyone can offer you is to take the time to read ALL of the stickies throughout the various Talk Budgie forums as well as the Budgie Articles we have posted.

These are great resources for Talk Budgie members and have a wealth of reliable information which will assist you to learn the best practices in caring for your budgie(s) for their optimal health and well-being.
__________________

  #8  
Old 01-25-2019, 12:35 AM
StarlingWings's Avatar
Super Moderator // MEMBER OF THE YEAR 2015


 
Profile:StarlingWings is offline
Gender:
Number of Budgies: 1
Budgie Experience Level: Budgie Lover
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 17,365
Gallery: 0
Karma:
Points: 12055
Rep Power: 37
StarlingWings has a reputation beyond reputeStarlingWings has a reputation beyond reputeStarlingWings has a reputation beyond reputeStarlingWings has a reputation beyond reputeStarlingWings has a reputation beyond reputeStarlingWings has a reputation beyond reputeStarlingWings has a reputation beyond reputeStarlingWings has a reputation beyond reputeStarlingWings has a reputation beyond reputeStarlingWings has a reputation beyond reputeStarlingWings has a reputation beyond repute
Default

Hi there and to the forums!

You've certainly come to the best place to research and it's great to hear that you're doing so

If you sister wants a pet she can bond with, keep in mind that a bond with any bird will be a bond build on trust, etc. that will take a long time - additionally, the bird will never be cuddly like a dog or a cat. If she's ok with this and wants a friend to keep her company and hang out with, a budgie is a great idea.

However, taming two budgies kept in the same cage is often more difficult than just taming one budgie. Also, an already tamed budgie, when introduced to a new budgie, often takes a step back from human interaction. Keep this in mind

Keep on doing research, and if you have any questions afterward, please be sure to ask as we'd love to help!

We hope to see you around! Keep us posted on how things go.

Cheers
__________________

~StarlingWings~
and Princess Mallorn!
Thank you to Deb for her wonderful Faery magic
Closed Thread



Bookmarks

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:39 PM.



Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright © 2000- 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.1
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Copyright © 2006 - , 2403 Networks LLC. All rights reserved.