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Hi, I got my first two budgies a few weeks ago, Bob and Dylan, and taming is not following suit at all. They were terrified at first of my hands but now they know that my hands wont hurt them but they just dont like them. I can put my hands near them in their cage with minimal anxiety but they refuse to let me touch them at all. Also, they"ll take millet from my hand and even hop onto my hand to get the millet but as soon as I have nothing to offer they're gone. I've been persistent but the process has definetly stalled out. How do I get my buddies to enjoy my hand?

After reading a few more posts I should clarify a few weeks. I'd say 6-7 weeks. They show all signs of being very comfortable.
 

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You are making progress and that's a good thing, I find with my little guys the like to do things on their terms so i try getting them to step up outside of their cage also i reward with a little piece of millet when they do what i want. Its also important to not get frustrated when they dont do what you want as i think the pick up on our vibes and may become nervous. Good luck :)
 

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Welcome to talk budgies forum. It sound's like you have made wonderful progress so far, to go from being terrified of your hands, to not afraid, and even eating out of them in 7 weeks is great. You are at a point where deciding on what you desire tameness wise, and what training method's will work for you need to be figured out. Trying to tame and train two bird's at the same time is harder, and will take longer than working with just one. We have a lot of good info in the training forum sticky's, there are different training method's and advice on what to do and what not to do, etc. and of course there are a lot of experienced folk's here who will try and help if you have question's. Would love to see some pic's of your budgies...:)
 

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Hi and :welcome: to Talk Budgies!

I think you've made excellent progress with your budgies in the amount of time you've had them! :thumbsup: Take a look at these links, they may be of some help to you:

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You've made excellent progress of these two, however, depending
on how much time they have been with other birds, their age and
the fact that they are together, it's possible that they're just happy how things are. Budgies will typically prefer another budgie, all things considered. Keep doing what you're doing, but I think it's
that they prefer you as providing food but not necessarily as a companion friend like you're hoping for. As others have suggested
separating them in separate room, would increase their interest in bonding with you and then introducing them back together to see how this goes. The fact that they are relatively calm around
you and take millet are good signs, but a beginning. You can't force a bird to be your friend. They will do what they choose to do.
 

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I'm glad your bond is moving forward. Eating out of ones hand is a big step. That scary human part they were once afraid of, they are eating out of.

I'm sure you're a responsible owner, and I'm not saying you aren't but I need to put this out there, for new and old owners; be patient. Many people get impatient and get mad at their budgie, which breaks my heart, shatters me. Imagine being taken away from your home and put into another, with someone controlling you every step.. such as when you can leave, fresh bedding, fresh food and water. It's terrifying. You'd fight and run. You'd be overwhelmed. So be RESPONSIBLE and MATURE. TRUST takes TIME.
 

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Hello and :welcome: to the forums!
You're doing great so far--as mentioned, taming them separately might help a little bit but it seems both budgies are definitely on their way to trusting you fully.

They may be a bit uncomfortable with you trying to pet them because most birds prefer not to be petted, even if they're bonded to you.

Keep up the good work! I hope to see pictures and updates around here :p
It's great to have you with us and remember, we are always available for any questions you may have.

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Nice looking bird's....thank's for sharing...:)
 
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Update on the little guys...
The birds have adjusted to my schedule which is more of an owls schedule so just a few minutes ago i was tempting Dylan (the less skitish of the two)out with millet and got him to perch on my finger! He wouldnt step up to my other hand unless he saw the millet first but after a few times of that he got the jist and was stepping up before the millet was shown with a little coaxing. Im so excited and had to share! I hope this is the break I was looking for.
 

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Update on the little guys...
The birds have adjusted to my schedule which is more of an owls schedule so just a few minutes ago i was tempting Dylan (the less skitish of the two)out with millet and got him to perch on my finger! He wouldnt step up to my other hand unless he saw the millet first but after a few times of that he got the jist and was stepping up before the millet was shown with a little coaxing. Im so excited and had to share! I hope this is the break I was looking for.
That's great! :thumbsup:

By the way, after seeing the picture you posted I can say your little guys are very cute.
 
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