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I posted about 3 months ago about my budgie Django that I bought from Petco and was having issues with bonding and taming. I'm still having a lot of issues. Not really sure if I'm having any progress- definitely nothing significant.

Moving into a new apartment with my boyfriend in June so I hope that won't set us back.

What I've been doing:

- talking to her
- singing to her
- sitting near her cage and letting her get used to me (she also lives in my room with me- my roommate has a cat so it's the "cat free" area of our apartment)
- not trying to touch her or get her to step on my finger (she still freaks out and flies around the cage if I even put my hand in there to clean it or change the water)
- telling her what I'm doing ("I'm changing your food" "I'm taking your water" "I'm putting your water back in" "I"m opening the door" etc)

Here are some things that have happened in the past few months:

- I bought her a bigger flight cage so she could have more room to exercise and play. She definitely seems more comfortable and moves around more. Still doesn't play with her toys though.

- My roommate's friend came over and asked to "see" my budgie because she used to have some. I brought her into my room and she immediately went up to the cage, opened the door and tried to pet my bird :eek: Django freaked out and I was not happy at all. She said "if I had millet she'd let me touch her." Ummm... no. Who does that? I don't even pet other people's dogs without asking, let alone an untamed, caged animal.

- She's began to vocalize a lot in my presence. Sometimes she'll make these cute quiet chirping and whistling noises and sometimes she'll screech and scream. I'm wondering what different sounds mean.

- I have not found a food that she likes enough to eat in my presence. She is either too scared of me or doesn't care much for food (have tried seeds, millet, fruits, veggies). Even if I'm just sitting by the cage ignoring her.

So some good things, some bad things.

I've been thinking about:

- trying to find a bird trainer/behaviorist to give me some personalized tips
- rehoming her to a more experienced bird owner
- buying her a friend budgie because she's not bonding to me and I don't want her to be lonely.
- carrying on with what I'm doing now. Progress is slow, if there's been any actual progress at all. I'm up for that if you guys think I'm capable of taming this bird eventually but I'm not really sure about my capabilities as a first time bird owner.

I saw my last post from February was closed so I'm doing a journal now so I can continue with updates and getting advice.
 

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The past week I've been studying for finals at my parent's house, which is a much better environment for both of us than this apartment. Django and my rabbit Sophie are staying there until I move into my new apartment the last week in May- I moved them a couple of weeks ago.

Well I was studying in my room for 3 days straight- about 4-6 hours at a time. I opened the cage so Django could come out and fly around if she wanted. I put on some different types of music and some tracks of budgies chirping. I also put some millet in the cage near the door to encourage her to maybe come out. She stayed in the cage the entire time while I was studying even though the cage was open. Did not want to come out at all. Not only did she stay in the cage, but she stayed on one perch and didn't really move. I have thick shades that were down so the light in the room was dim.

The one exception was when my (parent's) dog was in the room. When Mia was in there sleeping on the bed with me Django would chirp and then start squawking and then rush over to the millet and start eating. I don't know if this is a coincidence or if she likes Mia. It happened 3 or 4 times. Still stayed in the cage though.

I will say that during that time when I'd reach into the cage to put in the millet or change her water she didn't start freaking out. She'd edge away from me on her perch but she wasn't panicked like usual. Maybe she's getting used to my presence?
 

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Moved into a new apartment with my boyfriend. He's done more with her this past week than I have in six months. I'm kind of jealous. She doesn't even freak out when he puts his hand in the cage- she just peers at him curiously. He says it's because I don't talk to her a lot but I'm not a very talkative person- think Ron Swanson. I guess I'll keep trying.

She does seem calmer around me but she's much better with him. I think I might have ruined it when I had to grab her that first time I tried letting her out for exercise. I didn't write that story in this journal- it was in another thread. But basically I let her out and my rabbit was in her cage but Django landed on the rabbit cage and went through the wire and Sophie bunny started charging her and swatting at her so I had to grab Sophie and kick her out of the room and then I had to catch Django and I grabbed her :( This was back in January when I first got her and I think that ruined everything.
 

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Budgies do have their own personalities and preferences regarding people. Some birds do like males more than females whilst others are the opposite.
Bonding takes a patient, caring and above all else willingness to accept the budgie for who he/she is .
I have three budgies who all differ immensely in the way they react and interact with us the human flock members. It might simply be a matter of time, or on the other hand she may be a independent type of girl who likes her own space. :budgie:
 
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