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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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I have a young (3-4 months) budgie named George and he’s a real cutie. I’ve had him for about 3 weeks and I’ve been trying to tame him but he is very hesitant. Some days he will step up with or without a treat and be fine coming out of the cage. Other days he wants nothing to do with me. I do notice that in the morning he makes contact calls for about an hour. I’m wondering if it might be more conducive to training for him to have a budgie friend and tame them simultaneously after I give the new one a few days to get used to the new environment. So does this sound like a good idea? Would it hurt the training I have already done to basically restart with George? And no, he is far from territorial, so introducing a new friend doesn’t seem like a bad idea to me, it’s just I would’ve preferred he bond closer to me than another bird.

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Old 03-28-2019, 07:55 AM
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Three weeks isn't long at all when working with a budgie - especially since the first two weeks we recommend you don't try to touch or train your budgie at all. The bird needs time to acclimate to his new surroundings.

I would not consider getting another budgie for at least 6 months. You need to spend time on a regular and consistent basis with George each and every day to build his trust in you. Taming/training requires TRUST while Bonding is all about allowing the bird to choose to want to be with you.

There are many things to take into consideration before getting another bird.

Do you really want another pet?

1. If you decide to get another budgie in the future, please be sure to observe quarantine for the new budgie.

Quarantine means housing the new bird in a different cage in a different room than the current bird (as far away from the room the current bird is in as possible) for a period of 35-45 days.

Budgies mask symptoms when they are ill. Symptoms may not show up for over two weeks.
Often you will not even realize your bird is not well. Many budgie illnesses are airborne which is why you need to quarantine your new bird in a completely different room.

It is also a good idea to always take a new budgie in to see an Avian Vet for a "well-birdie" check-up. This allows you to develop a good relationship with the vet and the vet can establish a baseline for your bird in case of any future illnesses or injuries.

Distinction between an Avian Vet and a Vet that "Will See Birds"


2. Introducing the new bird to the current bird

Introducing two birds


3. Flock Dynamics
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4. Where do you plan to get the new bird?

Why buy from an reputable breeder rather than a big box pet store


5. Vet Expense and Housing
Do you have the time, finances, etc to devote to another bird?

Are you ready, willing and able to house the new budgie separately on a permanent basis if it does not get along with your current bird after quarantine?



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Good points to read above from FaeryBee. We also have lots of useful information and answers to some questions in the Stickies located at the upper area of each section.

Remember, budgies are wild prey animals. It usually takes much more time to gain their trust compared to some other pets. It’s a good idea to stick with one for a while first, to really get to know the individual personality. That way you can work on taming, and determine if this is a budgie who is interested in bonding to you (humans) or not.

If later down the road, you decide to add a second budgie, keep in mind that it can complicate matters. They might get along well or they might not. If not, it will lead to getting a separate cage.

Enjoy the forum . Looking forward to hearing more.
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Hi there and to the forums!

I agree with the above advice

Three weeks is not long at all!

To give you an idea, my girl only really started bonding with me after a year of having her

It's different for all budgies, so I'm not saying it's going to take a year, but it's definitely not three weeks

Meanwhile, you've come to a great place to learn even more about the best of budgie care practices!

If you have any questions after reading through the links provided above, please be sure to ask as we'd love to help.

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