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Auston 05-27-2020 03:21 PM

Patience is key!
Me again, after a long, long while. We originally had 2 budgies, Coco and Auston, but found that they weren't really getting along, and eventually we gave the female budgie Auston to a very nice lady who is taking care of her.

We kept Coco the male and have had him for 3 years now. He's been a cage bird the entire time and myself and the kids never seemed to be able to hand train him.

Well apparently we just weren't patient enough.

Since we've all been home with this covid-19 stuff, we've spent ALOT more time with Coco and talking to him consistently. He seems to finally be starting to trust us, and lo and behold, he goes onto our hands to eat treats now. He is addicted to millet. Every day now he approaches the cage door and is looking for us to feed him. The kids are really enjoying this new found friendship now.

I'd like to eventually take him to the stage where he can come out of the cage to get some play-time. I've ordered a play set for him that he can go onto outside the cage, and I hope he takes to it.

Should I continue on this path of hand-feeding/training him, what is the best way to coax him out of the cage? As it stands now, he's right at the open door of the cage while we feed him, so it seems like he's getting comfortable, I don't want to force it though.

Here he is just yesterday on my hand and eating

As you can see, he's fairly comfortable right in my hand, but I don't know how I should proceed to the next step.

Blingy 05-28-2020 09:11 AM

Coco is so cute and congrats on the great progress with taming and bonding. When it comes to being ready for him to have out of cage time, you should never force him to come out against his will. Let him choose to come out if and when he is ready. His cage is his safe place so if you physically take him out against his will, you risk him no longer seeing his cage as safe, and you also may undo the progress youve made with bonding. Try putting a perch on the door of the cage and have the door open. Put his playstand just outside the cage (he may be scared if it for awhile when it first arrives so have it there all the time if possible so he gets used to it quicker) and sit by his cage and encourage him to come out by talking to him. Try millet if he likes millet. You can also just leave the cage door open, when you are free to supervise and just see if he decides to venture out. Some budgies take awhile, and others (like mine) zoom out the second the cage door is opened. Of course, safety is the most important thing. Cover all mirrors and glass doors/windows, returns off ceiling fans and lock any dogs or cats in another room. Good luck.

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FaeryBee 05-28-2020 04:47 PM

Kellie has offered you excellent advice!

I'd but a few perches on the outside of the cage and be sure you put a favorite toy or treat on the plays tand (put the play stand either on top of the cage or near the cage) when it arrives.

I'm glad to hear Coco is doing well and I look forward to your updates in this thread!

Auston 05-28-2020 06:26 PM

Well, we just had an adventure lol

As I was working in the basement, my middle daughter was hand feeding Coco at the door of the cage. Coco flew out, and the kids got scared. They came to get me and i told them to just let him be, he'll eventually want to go back to the cage. He hung out on the TV, the window sill, the railing, and then finally after a few hours got really comfortable.

He seems to really love my youngest 8 year old daughter. She was just on the iPad on the couch and he kept walking up close to her shoulder to see what she was doing. She was nervous but i told her to stay calm, everything was fine. I got some millet in my hand and called him and he flew right over to eat from my hand. I then calmly walked him back to the cage.


All in all he had a good 3-4 hours out of the cage flying around. We got some pictures of him out of the cage finally!

On my finger

Hanging with my daughter checking out what she was up to

Blingy 05-28-2020 09:21 PM

That is wonderful. It sounds like Coco really enjoyed his first time out of his cage, and you were able to get him back easily too. Now, you can just open his cage door when lever someone is there to supervise him and hell come out of his own accord. One other suggestion, Id add a few more toys to his cage. Budgies love to play and get bored easily, especially solo birds, so toys are a great way for them to entertain themselves. There are loads of websites that sell safe toys, and even toy parts if you or your kids are interested in making your own toys for Coco. Shredding toys are a favourite of most budgies.

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Auston 05-28-2020 10:17 PM

Thanks I've been thinking of putting in more toys. His cage seems sparse to others I've seen online. I have ordered an outside play area for him already in anticipation of him getting out of cage play time

FaeryBee 05-29-2020 11:25 AM

Well done on the adventure!

This link will give you ideas for Coco's cage.

Essentials for a Great Cage

Auston 05-29-2020 02:41 PM

Day 2 of out of cage time and things are going great! Coco was actually looking forward to coming out today by standing at the door.

He already used his new outside rope perch

and, he's way more comfortable just landing on our hands/fingers now. Here's my eldest just hanging with him

I can't believe how quickly he's warmed up to us. So much fun.

Auston 05-29-2020 02:48 PM


Originally Posted by FaeryBee (Post 4120136)
Well done on the adventure!

This link will give you ideas for Coco's cage.

Essentials for a Great Cage

Thanks for the help. I've ordered a couple more toys and a new perch style that he doesn't have yet, should arrive in a couple of days. Also have the outside play area coming. Slowly but surely making this little guy really happy

StarlingWings 05-29-2020 07:03 PM

I'm so glad Coco is doing so well! It seems he's really warming up well to interacting with his "flock" :)

The new toys and perch you ordered are great, though the second one is a bit of a concern due to the possibilities it gives Coco for accidental ingestion of fibers.

Here's a link with more information! :thumbsup:

I look forward to hearing more about Coco!

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