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My budgie isn't very tame. His past owner used to grab him and his old cagemate (who has unfortunately passed away due to old age) and he will even take a long time to decide if your hand is safe to eat from or not. I took him out for free-flight today and he was fine, no grabbing or anything. He was safely put back in. However, a few hours after he went back into his cage, I noticed something black in his back feathers. Since he's not tame, he didn't let me try to get it off and flew away. I feel horrible but I did grab him. He was crying and screaming and thrashing. I'm disgusted by myself but I was worried. I've just never seen that in his feathers. It turned out to be a dry poop.

I'm so scared of what's going to happen to him. I've heard horror stories on how budgies died of shock OVERNIGHT and I'm on the verge of tears. He did take a sip of water and food from my hand after. :yellow face:

He's being jumpy (I don't blame him. Really, I would be terrified of myself). It's nighttime and he's beginning to fall asleep. Please help me on what to do.. and maybe how to calm him? Does he seem shocked? Thank you, I'm so sorry for the long description..

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Welcome to the forums,

I'm sorry you and your budgie have gone through a stressful situation.
I gather from your description that the "free-flight" mention was actually done indoors. That term is used for outdoor flights and this isn't an activity recommended here at Talk Budgies.
Before letting your budgie out of the cage, it's best to work with him in terms of having him at the very least finger tamed, in order to facilitate the process of getting out and coming back into the cage.
As for the dried poop on your budgie's feathers, this is something that he is able to take care of by preening his feathers clean.

I hope by now your budgie is all settled and calm. While the approach used wasn't the best, when dealing with more stressful situations it's always best to try to conceal the panic from the pet bird and to try to be as calm as possible.
You can help your budgie to settle in more easily by covering the cage on 3 sides (leaving the front part uncovered) and by having some soothing music on for him on low volume. This will also be helpful to reduce the stress levels.

Be sure to check the stickies at the top of the Taming and Bonding section's main page for all the information on how to build a good bond with your budgie: Taming and Bonding - Talk Budgies Forums

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Hi! :welcome: to Talk Budgies

It's obvious from what you've written that you want to be a good owner and do what is best for your budgie.
Don't continue to beat yourself up over the one incident.
While your budgie was surely quite stressed and upset, he will calm down over time and you can help him learn to trust you. Covering the top and three sides of his cage and playing music for him will help him feel more secure.

To build your budgie's trust, sit by his cage and read, talk or sing quietly to him for a period of at least 10-15 minutes, 3 or 4 times day. After the 2nd or 3rd day, rest your hand on the outside of the cage when you talk to him so he'll learn that your hand is safe and will not hurt him.

After a week, rest your hand inside the cage when you talk.
Don't make sudden moves, don't try to touch him.
Let his get used to the idea that the hand is now in his safe place and not harming him.

After 2 weeks, begin moving your hand slowly toward your budgie. If he becomes agitated, stop moving your hand and just hold very still until he calms down. When he's comfortable with your hand near him, you can offer him a bit of millet or a few seeds. In a few more days, you can begin your taming and bonding sessions.

Always work at your budgie's pace.
Move slowly and talk reassuringly and calmly to him whenever you interact with him.

By using positive reinforcement techniques, you should be able to avoid having to "grab" him in the future. :)

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Hi there and :welcome: to the forums!

It's great to have you with us, and you couldn't have come to a better place to learn even more about your little ones as well as share all about them :D

You've been given great advice from both FaeryBee and aluz, so I will suffice to say that I agree with what they have mentioned and hope that your little budgie settles in soon.

Meanwhile, be sure to read through the links provided to ensure you're up to date on the very best of budgie care practices ;)

If you have any questions afterwards, please be sure to ask as we'd love to help :thumbsup:

I hope to see you around the forums! :wave:
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