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Hello everyone!
I am a new budgie owner. I purchased Belle, my green budgie last week. She was hand fed and tame already. 7 months old. Very sweet. They did not have anymore available. So I purchased two more (a male and female) from another reputable small shop that are not tame. They are around 9 months old. They all seem to be getting along fairly well beside the rare scuffle between the ladies. I want to tame the other two (Sky blue with white clouds on her tummy and Garcia yellow, blue and green pastel colors) so they can all come out of the cage one at a time. I just want them to at least learn to step up and sit with me. The store suggested removing them one at a time with a towel and putting them in the play station that I bought. Let them relax and slowly put my hand closer without touching them. Then offer them millet. Well I tried that today and received my first bite. Ouch! I didn't yell or react to the bite so I wouldn't scare her. No blood thank goodness. I am a stay at home mom and have plenty of time to spend training them.
I have a flight cage 1/2" Wire Spacing 30" L X 18" W X 18" H , 8 toys, 2 manzanita perches, two rope perches. I am feeding them Zupreem and Living World mixed along with plenty of vegetables and a little fruit for a treat on occasion. I am using millet as a training tool.
I also have 4 zebra finches.
Any advice is greatly appreciated! I don't want to traumatize them.
 

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Hi, and Welcome to Talk Budgies :welcome:

May I ask how long have you had the two birds you purchased from the pet shop? They really should have been quarantined from your other budgie.
If you ever decide to get additional budgies, please remember you should quarantine the new bird(s) for 4-6 weeks.
Quarantine means housing your new bird in a different cage in a different room as far away as possible from the room your current bird(s) is in for a period of 4-6 weeks.

Budgies mask symptoms when they are ill. Symptoms may not show up for over two weeks. Often you will not even realize your bird is not well. Many budgie illnesses are airborne which is why you need to quarantine your new birds in a completely different room.

The cage you have is the minimum size for two budgies.
Minimum size for 3 budgies-----32x18x20"
Volume = 11,520" cubic inches

Minimum size for 4 budgies-----34x18x25"
Volume = 15,300" cubic inches

In general, it is not a good idea to try to house two females with one male. An even ratio of males to females is recommended.

I think the very best advice anyone can offer is for you to read through all of the How To Guides, the FAQs and the stickies located at the top of each section of the forum.
You'll find most of your basic questions are answered after you've read through all of them.

I'm looking forward to hearing all about your budgies and hopefully seeing some pictures :photo: soon!!

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Hello and welcome to talk budgies. I think you would be better off to have one of each sex, or two of each sex. Also look at the cage sizes Deb posted, and when it comes to type of cages, the wider, the better. You will find a ton of info here, and lots of experienced people willing to share. Would love to see some pics of your new friends too..:)
 

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Thank you for the information. I spoke with the pet shop owner about my sizing dilemma and she allowed me to return one. I kept the male and my original female. They are doing well and the cage is the right size now. The pic is of my female, Belle. Will add a pic of my male soon.
 

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Welcome to the forums and the ever exciting world of budgie ownership! :) You will find all you need to know on budgie care here. Be sure to check the Training and Bonding sections of the forums for all the info and tips on how to tame your budgies. Best of luck with them!
 

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Awesome !! Belle is a real cutie..:loveeyes:..
 

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Stepping up etc . Just takes some time :)
Start by holding your hand still in the cage close to them, then add food in your and hold still foe a few minutes, they have to realize a hand and fingers is a good thing.

Sometimes u will have to be cruel to be kind in teaching them, like removing their food for a hour or so, the place the food in your palm and slowly stick it inside the cage , hold your hand close to the perch, for a few minutes 10+ times a day, they need to get used to it. Once u have them eating out of your hand things will progress faster.

There are many ways to teach them, but this is most probably the easiest way, when they are hungry and need to feed, they will come closer and eventually start eating out of your hand...

Remember to put there food containers back when done.


U will need to separate the 2 birds when teaching, otherwise the one might deter the other from getting to close to u as they will find comfort in each other.
The class room is a nice sunny spot, away from the other budgie (out of sight)
When done they can stay together...but really in teaching them we need them separate (the cruel part)

My show budgies was wild when i bought them, by removing them and placing them back in the cage a few times per day, they quickly learned it's not bad thing that is happening.
I removed the budgie place in another cage and gave them some veggies and milt seed.

when they return to there own cage they get ordinary seeds, they catch on quickly...very clever. Now they step up once my hand is inside... both at the same time :) . I had to enlarge the gate of the cage :)

All of this within 1 month..it takes time and patience.

best of luck "although the luck is not necessary "

Johan
 
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