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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 05-17-2019, 07:38 PM
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Mine are some strange birds then lol
If they go inside the cage and I start walking, they are instantly out as if they're worried I might close their door. They were like this from the start mostly. They are outside all the time, only go in when eating or sleeping.

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Old 05-28-2019, 06:43 AM
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Hello, so to post a little update. We took steps as advised. Slowly, she is getting more and more comfortable. I can get very near her. She even put one of her "fingers" on my hand all of her own. Lasted short but she did it few times so it's a big step. Guess she is testing it or something. She doesn't move right away when my finger is in front of her. She even moves closer sometimes.
Somedays she is a little angry and won't allow near so i give her space then.
She started watching at the cage door and often spreads her wings like she would maybe leave, but doesn't get anywhere near door. The thing that is downside i think, is that cage door are almost at the bottom of the cage and she never goes that low.
All in all, i think she is advancing, slow pace but still.
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Old 05-28-2019, 01:36 PM
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You are making great progress with Gwen - well done!

Perhaps try offering the back of your hand instead of just your finger to her.
Many budgies prefer stepping onto the back of the hand rather than onto a finger.

Continue taking it slow and enjoy the journey.

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Old 06-12-2019, 05:11 AM
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Thank you, did as you advised and she is really more comfortable with back of hand than finger. So now i am only doing that. She still won't step on it, and some days feel like we are going two steps back.
I am working on separating our living room so i can start leaving doors open for her cause she started to spread her wings inside the cage, and that lasts for hours. But she won't go near door.
Is it okay if i leave doors open and wait for her to leave on her own. Cause i feel like she won't be comfortable to step on my hand for a long time and i feel sorry for her to be inside alone all the time. Will she know to go back on her own if she ever dares to leave?
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Old 06-12-2019, 07:09 PM
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It's definitely better to let her venture out of her cage on her own rather than trying to convince her to come out.
Set up a playgym on top of her cage, (or near the cage) put a few perches on the outside of the cage and include a treat or a favorite toy.

Generally, when you first start leaving the door open for her to come out, you're going to need to be sure you have plenty of time in case she doesn't want to go back in. However, I've always had good luck in darkening the room to encourage my birds to go back into their cages. They always want to go into their cages (which are their "safe places" to eat, drink and sleep so keep that in mind.
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Yeah, thank you i will keep all advices on my mind. I have been told that first times they leave cage are a bit problematic until they get used.
I just hope she will relax in time and feel free to come to me. Honestly, lately she doesn't want to come near hand and runs up and down the perch. And i wasn't forcing or anything, she just doesn't let me as near as before. But she will clean herself or eat, or drink when my hand is in the cage just not near.
I feel like we are stuck and not moving forward.
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Being stuck and not moving forward is quite normal. Remember to take things at Gwen's pace even though that's sometimes difficult.

Try putting your hand in the cage and holding it perfectly still with a few seeds on your palm. She may decide to explore and see if she likes them!
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That’s great to hear! It’s normal to have times where progress seems stuck. It typically takes quite a while for birds to go the next step, even when they’re comfortable with you. They’re just cautious little prey animals . But I think you’re doing a great job!
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Thank you. I feel a bit reliefed now. I thought i messed up somewhere. I am just gonna keep doing the same routine and going as close as she will let me.
Will try the palm thing, but she is much more relaxed with closed fist than open hand.
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Since she is clearly not afraid of you and will eat millet out of your hand, what you could try doing is put the millet on your hand so that she would have to step on you to get to it... Or hold the millet sprig in a closed fist with your index finger sticking out as a perch, that she could get on to reach the millet. Don’t push her, just leave your hand there holding the millet -she may decide the millet is worth getting on your hand for! And once she has done it a couple of times it will be less of a big deal for her, and she will probably do it more and more.
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