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About a month ago I got a gift of three budgies from my uncle. I named them Hulk, Lemon, and Fern. When I got them, they were in a small black cage, so I asked to switch them to a bigger one. I put lentils, half a plum, and tomato slices in a bowl for them, and filled cups around their cage with water.
One day, I took them outside in their cage to get fresh air, but, attracted by other bird noises, Hulk squeezed through the door and flew away.
Devastated, I paid more attention to Lemon and Fern.
Here are a LOT of questions I have:
1. I'm attaching pictures of them below. Lemon is more yellow, and Fern is greener. Can someone tell me who's a girl/boy?
2. Using hand training, I put my hand on the cage for a few days, and then I put it inside. Fern now perches on my hand for a few seconds, but she's still averse to me reaching for her head to pet her. Lemon does not want to land on my hand, she hops on it for a few seconds, but that's all. What do I do? Also, what's the next step for Fern? I don't use food to train, because they don't accept food from my hand, even foods I've seen them eating and I think they like.
3. CUrrently, their food consists of raw orange and yellow lentils, cucumbers, apricots, and tomatoes. Is that ok?
4. THey have sheets of cardboard laid out on the floor, and they just poop there. Is it fine if they walk around in that area? How can I potty train them?
5. I'm attaching a picture of their cage below, too. Is it big enough?
6. Tey haven't bathed since I got them. They preen themselves a lot (in front of me, too. Does that mean they trust me?), but the only time I put a dish of shallow water in their cage, they stepped on it, it tipped over a bit and spilled, and they didn't go near it again, so I took it out.
7. Lemon has still escaped from the cage twice in the past 2 days. What does that mean? Fern just looks at her and tweets, and she tweets back. I have to drape a mesh-like cloth over Lemon, hold her, and put her back in the cage. While holding her, she bit me once, but I understand why.
8. I really want to let them out of the cage, particularly Fern, but every time I move Fern out of the door while she's on my finger, she hops off and goes to the other side of the cage. My family warns me not to let them out even in a closed space like a bathroom, because I wouldn't be able to put them back, and I sort of agree. With Lemon escaping, she'll probably never willingly go back in. However, I want to bond with them other than sticking my hand in the cage. What do I do?
9. I currently keep their cage on a high table next to a large window, and when the sun sets, I close the curtains and dim the lights, and they go to sleep.
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It appears that Lemon is a female and Fern is a male, a full frontal picture of Fern would be best for confirmation of the gender. The cage is not adequate and is too dirty, the birds could also chew through the wood parts and escape. What is under the cardboard you have at the bottom, it is not good for them to be walking around in all those droppings, you cannot potty train a bird like you can a cat or dog. If you have the cardboard there to cover a grate at the bottom, cover the cardboard with paper towels so you can change them at least daily to keep it clean. I do not see any water provided for them, you should have food and water at all times for them mounted in a proper container to the cage bars at perch height, leaving food and water on the floor is not a good idea as they get soiled with droppings and become a breeding ground for bacteria. Please take a look at this link for cage info Essentials to a Great Cage
The diet you are feeding is not adequate please read through these links Quality Seed Mix , Safe Foods for Budgies
It can take months to train budgies to learn that you are not a threat to them, so that will take a lot of patience on your part.
What online shopping is available where you are, is Amazon online available to you, you may be able to find many products for the birds that way.

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