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Old 04-19-2020, 10:07 AM
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Hi everyone! I hope you all are doing well during this difficult time.

I'm back after more than three months.
I'll do a recap for those of you who don't know me or don't remember my budgies and my relationship with them.
I have a flock of three birds: Sid, Stella and Celeste.

Celeste is a one-year-old female budgie, and she is Sid and Stella's daughter. She has been living in a different cage, but in the same room as them, for almost a year, because her parents (especially her mother) became aggressive toward her as soon as she was weaned.
At first, last summer, I was able to gain Celeste's trust, to the point that she would tilt her head to get head scratches from me, she would try to give head scratches and regurgitate seeds to me, and even learn some tricks (nodding and shaking her head as if she was saying "yes" or "no", fetching a ball and putting in a hoop).
The only thing she refused to do was to step on my finger/hand, but I think that was because she has deformed feet (slip claws) and cannot fly, so she probably didn't feel safe, as she couldn't take a firm grip and could fall.
Sadly, when school started and she had to spend several hours alone every day, she became aggressive, biting my hands every time I tried to touch her and not wanting to be with us. We lost our bond, now she makes that sound that means she is irritated (I don't know what to call it) even when I'm near her and not trying to touch her. My presence annoys her.
I don't know what to do, because all the guides about taming a budgie explain how to treat a budgie who doesn't want to be around you because she is afraid of you. This is not my situation, as Celeste knows that I'm not a threat, but she still "hates" me.
The only company she has is her toy bell (she sings to it, tries to scratch her head inside it and to regurgitate seeds to it), and while I think it might help her feel less lonely, I'm afraid it is not so good for her mental health.
Do you have any suggestions on how to treat her?

Paradoxically, my relationship with her parents, Sid and Stella, is better. A couple of days ago, I found out that they like to get out of their cage and stay on the top of it, and I'm surprised.
It's been a long time since I tried to gain Sid's trust, and I never attempted to properly tame Stella, as I wanted to have a good relationship with one of their chicks and I was okay with them being "wild".
Now I see that they are less afraid of me than I thought, and I don't want to waste this opportunity. They trust me enough to eat millet from my hand when they are out of their cage, and Sid even jumps on my hand to eat.
In this case, I know what to do. I will follow all the tips and advices in the taming guides in this website, I know it will require a lot of time and patience, especially since they are both adults, but I still want to try. I will do it very slowly and won't force them to do something they're not ready for.
I'd be happy to get some suggestion from you about taming older budgies, if you have any.

Where I live (Italy), schools are closed and won't most likely reopen until the next school year, so I have more time to devote to my budgies, and I think this is the best moment to try to tame them.
Thanks in advance!


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Old 04-21-2020, 09:16 PM
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Taming older budgies is the same as taming the younger ones so since you are aware of the stickies in the Taming and Bonding Section, you'll know how to follow those and work with Sid and Stella.

With regard to Celeste, I'd just recommend that you simply try to spend time next to her cage every day on a regular basis. Even if she makes her "irritated" noise at you, stay there and calmly sing, talk or read to her. Over time, she'll become re accustomed to your presence and will be more accepting toward you again. When that happens you can start over with the taming by placing your hand on the outside of the cage when you are spending time with her and then progress slowly to inside the cage, etc. -- just as you did before.

Good luck and best wishes!

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