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My budgie what I have had since yesterday, called Wheatley, I have set up a perch for him in the corner of my room and when I first put him in the cage he was OK with me stroking him and petting him (slightly scared and would move away at times).

He started sitting on his makeshift perch and everytime I try to grab him off of it he starts flying between both corners of my room. And when he is in the corner he tries to avoid my hand.

What do i do? Please Respond
 

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Ellis,

it's clear that while you have got into the exciting world of budgie ownership you failed to do some vital research before trying to interact with your new friend.

Your budgie allowed you touch him because he is terrified!

Leave your budgie in it's cage, don't try and touch him and absolutely no grabbing.
Then with your budgie safely settling in, you can read through the taming and bonding section of the forum.
Taming and Bonding - Talk Budgies Forums

This will answer all your questions that a new budgie owner could want to know.

The fact that you have acknowledged at times your budgie was scared and moved away from your hand and that he is annoyed are obvious clues to how your budgie is feeling. You'll need to continue to understand and react appropriately to these cues if you want to have a good long lasting bond.

Bonding with a bird is not like a puppy- it takes a lot of time and effort but is very rewarding when you get there.
You really don't have a 'problem' with your budgie. You have incorrect expectations of how bonding with a bird works. Luckily, we have a lot of resources to help, so you need to get reading! :)

Best of luck.

Edit: Also please refrain from posting the same post more than once.
 

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How long?

How long should I leave it in the cage for? And how do I stop it from being scared of me? I know it is a common question that gets asked but it feels like it really hates me.
 

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Budgies don't hate people.

Budgies get scared. When you try and touch it before it's ready, it will be frightened and you won't be able to bond.

You should leave your budgie in it's cage and don't try and touch it for two weeks.
You can cover three sides of the cage and just leave the front open for a few days while he settles in. This helps your budgie to feel safer because he doesn't feel like he has to look all around him in search of danger.

Over the next two weeks you should sit beside his cage and talk softly, sing, read. Whatever you want to do that gets your bid used to your presence beside the cage. This helps him recognise you being close to him.

After two weeks, the third week you can put your hand on the cage while you are talking.
And in the fourth week open the cage and put your hand just inside the cage, not near your budgie.

All of these steps help to give your bird trust in you.

After that you can slowly try and get your hand closer- offer some seed or millet spray to him or learn how to do step up.

I have already posted a link to the training and bonding section.
Over the next two weeks you should sit and read these posts. You can use it as part of your bonding while you sit at your budgies cage.

There is no quick way to bond with a budgie.
You don't stop a budgie being scared of you without learning to read its body language and adjusting your behaviour to it or without doing work towards building a bond.

I have given you the resources and they are here for every new bird owner to take advantage of, but we can't answer every question you have. Every resource you need is already here.
Take the time to navigate the site, learn the answers for yourself and you'll be able to work towards having a tame little budgie.
 

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Hi, I had just been crying for like 5 minutes because every video was telling me different things, so thank you for the reassurance I was very confused.

The only problem is, is that I am at school for 6 hours a day and my dad works. Would that be OK if i had a radio on for it, because its still something to listen too for when I get home
 

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Yes, a radio is fine.

Most people work or go to school for 6-9 hours a day and can still tame budgies. It's about keeping to a schedule.

I'm going to close this thread now so you can concentrate or reading some of the stickies. Once you have learnt about budgies, if you have additional questions we'll be happy to help you, but we do encourage members to seek out information for themselves.
 

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Hi Ellis and :welcome: to Talk Budgies

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Hi there and :welcome: to Talk Budgies!

You've been given great advice above. It's very important to respect your budgies' space and let them decide when to trust you on their own. Following the steps outlined by Therm is the best way to earn their trust.

Be sure to read through the links provided above, which include the forum's many Budgie Articles and "stickies" (threads "stuck" to the top of each subform for easy reference) to stay up to date on all the best practices for caring for budgies. If you have any questions after reading through everything, be sure to ask as we'd love to help! ;)

We look forward to seeing you around the forums!

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