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Budgies are often submissive for the first few days simply because they are terrified. :(

You can cover the top and three sides of the cage to help the budgie feel more secure. Playing music for him when you aren't around will be helpful as well. Budgies perceive no noise as meaning there may be danger.

Taming and Bonding is all about helping your budgie learn to trust you and it takes a great deal of time and patience on your part.
You should never grab your budgie or force him to be touched.
Most budgies once they pass the "baby" stage, do not like to be petted or touched. Bonding means allowing them to choose to be with you.

To bond with your budgie, you need to build his trust in you.
He will have to learn over time that you will not hurt him, grab him and try to force him to allow you to hold him.

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. If he becomes agitated, stop moving your hand and just hold very still until he calms down.

After 2 weeks, begin moving your hand slowly toward your budgie. If he becomes agitated, stop moving your hand and just hold very still until he calms down. When he's comfortable with your hand near him, you can offer him a bit of millet or a few seeds. In a few more days, you can begin your taming and bonding sessions.

Always work at your budgie's pace.
Move slowly and talk reassuringly and calmly to him whenever you interact with him.

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Hello and :welcome: to the forums!

I agree with the advice offered by Deborah. Taming and bonding can only happen if you go at the birds pace, to build trust and a sense of security :)

The advice she has provided as well as the links will be very beneficial to you as you care for your budgie ;) If you have any questions after reading it, please let us know! We'd be happy to help.

I hope to meet your budgie soon and I'm glad you've decided to join us here on the forums.

Cheers! :wave:

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Hullo, and welcome to Talk Budgies. Please follow the experts advice on training your wee budgie.Training takes a great deal of patience and gentleness on your part and can never be rushed.It is ultimately up to your budgie to want to form a bond with you and this can only be achieved through kindness and heaps and heaps of patience on your part.I'd love to see a photo of your budgie when you get the chance.
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