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So my neighbors were moving out and couldn't keep their budgies anymore so they gave them to our family since i've already got a Parrotlet and have a lil bit of bird knowledge but it's clear they were more decoration than pet as they're terrified of people beyond belief, i've been trying for months using the same methods i did for my parrotlet but nothing seems to be working, there's a blue one which seems to be fully grown and a yellow/green one that is a little smaller. It could just be an age thing that now they're too old to tame but i was wondering if anyone else had any tips to at least get them to be less scared.
 

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Familiarity will make them relax more around people. It just takes time and patience. It won't happen over night, it won't even happen within 6 months. But eventually it will happen, if you put in the time and effort to teach them that they are safe and people aren't bad. You also have to come to terms with the fact that they never reach a stage of comfort where they completely and utterly trust you. They may never feel comfortable allowing you to give them scratches, or they may prefer sitting on a perch than your shoulder. All you can do is your best to give them a good life.
 

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It would be great if you could post some pictures of the budgies and their cage set-up.
What are their names?
Are they male or female?


Taming and Bonding is all about helping your budgies learn to trust you and it takes a great deal of time and patience on your part.
You should never grab your budgies or force them to be touched.
To bond with your budgies, you need to build their trust in you.
They will have to learn over time that you will not hurt them, grab them and try to force them to allow you to hold them.

To build your birds’ trust, sit by their cage and read, talk or sing quietly to them for a period of at least 10-15 minutes, 3 or 4 times day. After about a week, rest your hand on the outside of the cage when you talk to them so they will learn that your hand is safe and will not hurt them.

After a week of resting your hand on the outside of the cage, rest your hand inside the cage when you talk.

Don’t make sudden moves, don’t try to touch them.
Let their get used to the idea that the hand is now in their safe place and not harming them.

After 2 weeks, begin moving your hand slowly toward your bird. If they become agitated, stop moving your hand and just hold very still until they calm down. When they are comfortable with your hand near them, you can offer them a bit of millet or a few seeds.

Always work at your birds’ pace.
Move slowly and talk reassuringly and calmly to their whenever you interact with them.

Bonding means allowing your budgie to choose to be with you.


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