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So yesterday, I bought a pet budgie. :budgie: He (we think it is a he, the cere is starting to turn blue) is named Casper (after lots of deliberation). He is my bird, but my siblings think he is theirs (I'll set them straight. Just kidding, I'll share of course). At first we set him on top of a large cabinet in our dining room, so that he would feel safe being high up. At first he just sat on the bottom of the cage. After about 2 hours he fluttered up to one of the perches, and then another. That perch is where he slept. This morning I moved his cage into my room. He is doing well, it seems as if he is scared, but getting more comfortable. Oh and Casper is about 6 months old and he is light blue. He is pretty skinny.
 

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Casper has been tweeting up in his cage, and he is moving around a lot more. He seems to be getting pretty comfortable! But I need to remember patience!
 

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Hi Nate and welcome to you and Casper, you are so right in saying Patience is needed. Cover Casper's cage on three sides so on;y the front is visible this will help him settle and feel safer.
Sit near the cage and talk to him, read out loud even. When you are not there leave a radio or tv on for company for him, silence to a budgie is a sign of danger.
Read through the forum's information regarding training it will help you so much .
 

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I'm just wondering...Is it a good sign if Casper doesn't get scared while I'm changing his food and water?
 

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Casper is doing well! I covered his cage so that only the front was showing like you said, and he seems to be doing better. He is getting more comfortable with coming closer to me, and I have been reading to him. He is also a lot more active in his cage, hopping around more, chirping, and playing with toys! I also have left the radio on while I am not there. He seems to enjoy music more than talking. Yesterday I opened his cage and set the food dish right in the opening. I read to him, which he likes, and after a bit he fluttered down to the cage entrance (which was right by me) and started eating! I attached the photo of him eating! He's coming along great! I might try holding the food bowl in my hand, inside his cage later this week.
 

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A new update! Today I found out that my little Casper is actually a girl! I am going to probably change her name to "Cassy"! She is a kind little girl! Her behavior reminded me of what people said boys acted like, so that is why I though that. Plus her blue and white cere...
 
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Here I've got a new picture of Cassy...any one know what mutation she is...I'm quite interested in that! Thanks :)
 

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Setback...when I got home today (Oh and btw, my siblings didn't like the name Cassy so she is now Calyspo) Calypso looked pretty frightened and when I put my hand in the cage for seeds, she flew away and got scared which is a setback since for the past couple days I've been able to put my hand in her cage comfortably. Any ideas on how to comfort her?

Edit: She was also very jumpy, like when I changed her water any slight sound of the cage scared her. I am really worried that 2 days of hard work have gone to waste...
 
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So glad you're coming along with Calypso! She's lovely, and her mutation is normal cobalt :) Although she was jittery, don't let that set you back, just be a little more distant for a day or two (like putting the food bowl by the door again) and she'll warm up again, I'm sure. All budgies have their days, but it sounds like you're doing a great job so far :D
 

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After dinner, I came into my room and she raised her wings a bit, but then she started hopping down her cage and eating some millet that I had set there before dinner. Thanks for the positive encouragement. I feel like something scared her, and I hope my presence is comforting. I will be a bit more distant in my taming, just like you said, Thank You!
 
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After dinner, I came into my room and she raised her wings a bit, but then she started hopping down her cage and eating some millet that I had set there before dinner. Thanks for the positive encouragement. I feel like something scared her, and I hope my presence is comforting. I will be a bit more distant in my taming, just like you said, Thank You!
Of coursee! The hardest part about taming a budgie is really establishing your bond on a solid foundation. I would be sure she's 100% comfortable with something before you move on, and that should ease her fright :) Right now, though, it seems she's happy and feels loved :rolleyes:
 

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Hmmmm...something is scaring Calypso...for the past couple days when I get home from school, she is scared of my hand, even when she has been completely comfortable with it before...any ideas on what might be scaring her?
 
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Hmmmm...something is scaring Calypso...for the past couple days when I get home from school, she is scared of my hand, even when she has been completely comfortable with it before...any ideas on what might be scaring her?
She might have been in a shock-like conditions for the first couple of days, not completely letting the world in until now. One can say that she had to put up wall to protect herself against all of the scary, new things in life, and didn't let down the guard until now (if we are going to give birds human traits). Be patient, Don't rush anything, keep your hand calmly rested in the cage a lot. Millet is still heavenly. Talk softly to her. She might have just focused some anxiety onto your hand.
 

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I put my hand in her cage with a small amount of millet on it and I just let it sit there while I read to her. At first she just sat there, watching me, but then she moved around a bit. After about 30 minutes, I took my hand out of the cage and set the millet on the bottom of the cage. As soon as I had closed the cage, she hopped down and started eating the millet. It's good that she is responding so quickly to something that came from my hand. Progress! I think that it just takes a little bit for her to get warmed up to me after school.
 

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I put my hand in her cage with a small amount of millet on it and I just let it sit there while I read to her. At first she just sat there, watching me, but then she moved around a bit. After about 30 minutes, I took my hand out of the cage and set the millet on the bottom of the cage. As soon as I had closed the cage, she hopped down and started eating the millet. It's good that she is responding so quickly to something that came from my hand. Progress! I think that it just takes a little bit for her to get warmed up to me after school.
Yes, that's good! I would spend as much time with her as you can, even though you have school all day. I always to my homework with Mallorn because she doesn't see me for a lot of the day, so this is a good time to sit with her and establish a bond.
 

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Thank you! I have another question. When I set the millet on the bottom of the cage, Calypso hops down and starts eating. She would eat the whole thing, if someone let her. How do I get the millet back without scaring her? Thank you!


Edit: I've been working on the thread "How my Grandpa taught me to tame budgies" or something like that. This morning I got Calypso onto a perch that I was holding, and she didn't fly away! When it was time for her to get off, she wouldn't, so I started moving her to one of the other perches in the cage, and she just hopped up to her favorite one. I kept telling her that she was a good birdy, and after she had hopped off I put some millet on the bottom of her cage. I think she's a bit socially tired, but we made progress!

Edit: One more question: Yesterday I was getting dressed, and my belt made a jingling noise. Calypso went crazy. Does she like or dislike the jingling noise? Do budgies in general like or dislike jingling noises?

Edit: Is there a way to change the name of a thread?

Edit: If I were to get another budgie, but I want both of them to bond with me, where should I keep the two birds? I have 2 cages...
 
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Thank you! I have another question. When I set the millet on the bottom of the cage, Calypso hops down and starts eating. She would eat the whole thing, if someone let her. How do I get the millet back without scaring her? Thank you!

Edit: I've been working on the thread "How my Grandpa taught me to tame budgies" or something like that. This morning I got Calypso onto a perch that I was holding, and she didn't fly away! When it was time for her to get off, she wouldn't, so I started moving her to one of the other perches in the cage, and she just hopped up to her favorite one. I kept telling her that she was a good birdy, and after she had hopped off I put some millet on the bottom of her cage. I think she's a bit socially tired, but we made progress!

Edit: One more question: Yesterday I was getting dressed, and my belt made a jingling noise. Calypso went crazy. Does she like or dislike the jingling noise? Do budgies in general like or dislike jingling noises?

Edit: Is there a way to change the name of a thread?
If you clip the millet into smaller pieces, you might not have to take it out at all :) You can also make sure she eats before you give her the millet.

Great job! I would hop over the step where you have her on a perch before the hand, it's never been necessary here. Anyway, it's lovely take you're making progress. :)

If her feathers tightened around her body, she froze and her pupils got small, she was probably scared. However, if she started chirping or became active, she probably loved it! Budgies love bells and everything loud. :D Yes I think you can change the name of the thread. Or you can send a message to Faerybee, she'll fix it!
 

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Okay! I am going to try to get her to perch on my finger tonight! I will put it here how it goes. I posted a question in the forum that I am interested in, so if anyone knows an answer, that would be great! Thanks!
 
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Imaginary--She started flying around her cage when the jingling noise happened


So, I am learning every day from little Calypso! Whenever I get home from school, she is very skittish and afraid of me. It takes like 2 hours of me and her time to get her comfortable with me...any advice on that?

Also, I got some new toys for her today so that she wouldn't be bored. I needed to take her out of her cage to do this, but she wouldn't even let my finger near her, even though this morning she did...any ideas why she gets scared while I'm gone at school?

She's pretty funny too! Whenever she doesn't want to do a taming session with me, she just turns her back and ignores me ;) Funny little bird. My mom says that she was chirping like crazy earlier, which is good.
 
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