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Hello everyone, I rushed my budgie's training, and am about to give up. (This is my first bird and was rather haphazard about the training process)
He is scared of me, I cannot even coax him over with millet! I have done really badly, and any help would be greatly appreciated.
 

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What is the age of your budgie? Age does make a difference. Have you spent lots of time sitting quietly and talking to him? Have you caught him with your hand (points off)? How long have you been working with him? Don't give up. My budgie was always calm but did not truly bond for several months. He's now an adept talker and always want to be with people. Bad/slow starts can be undone!
 

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Hi and :welcome: to Talk Budgies!

Training and Bonding with a budgie is all about helping your budgie learn to trust you. You'll need to start over from the beginning and work with him very slowly at his pace.

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.

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Hello firstly you have already past the major hurdle as in you have realized you made an error of judgement. You can still become great friends with your budgie but need to take things slowly and carefully. Simply start getting him used to your being next to his cage without him being scared. Talk to him as often as possible, read out loud from a book, sing to him. Play some music and sit next to him when he makes a noise tell him he is a good boy praise him. This can take a while to happen but it is important to have that trust.:D
 

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Hello and :welcome: to Talk Budgies!

I agree with all that's been said. Starting over is the best idea right now so your little one can get used to you all over again. With patience, it will pay off ;) From knowing you did wrong, you have done right, and I know you'll be a great bird parent!

It's great to have you with us and if you have any questions or concerns, please do ask as we'd love to help!
 
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