2/14/2017My little baby bird is five months old and while he trusts me and my co-owner/ boyfriend reasonably well we both would like him to be more friendly. He will sit on your shoulder for hours and hours or sit on the back of your computer while you work but he doesn't like hands. He never got over his " I'm gonna chew on that" phase so he tends to nip at ears and fingers. He is very suspicious of petting but when Cris gets him all covered in his hand and skritches that certain part on his neck he melts. He doesn't take baths or eat vegetables even though we tried. So I'm posting here to document the steps I'm taking with him and his progress.
5 months old
5 months old
1.) "Step up" I will approach his cage slowly, first putting my hand on it then slowly putting it in and moving it towards him. Sometimes he bits sometimes not. Once I can touch him I encourage him to step onto my finger and if he does I give him some millet and take him out. He's very good about letting me take him out. Once out I put a finger in front of him and ask him to "step up" and when he does I feed him millet. (hopefully this works)
2.) "Bathe please" I'm going to place a bowl in the bottom of his cage so he gets used to it.
3.) "No biting" Any time he lets me touch him without biting I will give him millet.
4.) I don't know how to get him to know his name. He picked up some other bird noises and R2D2 noises we played for him and will make those but I'm not sure about other vocal commands or sounds.
Let me know what I can do to help in training my little budgie! Any comments or suggestions are welcome!