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Hi, I bought home yesterday x2 8 week old babies (not tame) who are understandably very scared to be in a new home. Im looking forward to training them :)

I was told to leave them settle in for a week before letting them out the cage but at the moment I cant even touch the cage without them flapping about and getting upset!

I need to change their water and food tonight but am worried as I know they will flap and get distressed as soon as I even open the door- should I do it anyway?

How do I let them out in a weeks time when I know im not going to be able to get them to go back in?

Hope someone can help me!

Philippa :)
 

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Welcome to the forums and congrats on your new budgies! :)
There are a few things you can do to make your budgies feel safer and comfortable as they settle in to their new environment. Covering the cage on three sides with a light blanket/cloth leaving the front part uncovered will help your budgies feel more secure. Budgies love background noise, so leaving the TV or radio on will make them feel more at ease and will also encourage them to let out a few chirps.

Since they are so scared, it will be best to not let them out or start a more hands on approach as far a taming goes for at least two weeks. They also need time to acclimate to the room they are in and it's also best to let them out after they have mastered the step up command, so that you are able to easily take them out and put them back in the cage.

For the first couple of weeks, just sit close to their cage and talk or read in a calm and reassuring way, so that they get more used to you and your voice.
Food and water needs to be changed and refilled daily so when approaching the cage, try to do so in slow motion and avoid sudden movements with your arms/hands.
When you see them getting more curious and receptive to you, you can then proceed by slowly placing your hand inside the cage, offering them a little treat for them to eat and teach them to step up.

You will find all the info and tips on how to tame your budgies at the Training and Bonding section of the forums.

Good luck and feel free to share some pics of your new little friends after they are perfectly settled in your home. ;)
 

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Hi and welcome to the forums! :welcome:

I completely agree with Aluz, she has given great advice and recommendations.
Budgies also tend to be quite afraid of new things, like hands, so you'll have to move extremely slowly while changing food dishes. After a week or two of them settling in, then you can begin the gradual process of getting them used to the idea that you won't hurt them. Rest you hand in the cage for a few minutes while talking to them softly, and just continue doing this a few times a day until they no longer panic and proceed with normal behaviors, i.e. chirping, moving, eating, etc.
After this, you can start moving your hand slowly towards them. If they shy away, remove your hand and reassure them. If you continue this process over a long period of time, they should warm up to you.
You can start taming after you get them used to the idea of your hand, before that it's best to go at their pace.
I'm sure they're just adorable and if you have any pictures, I'd love to see them! :wave:
 

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Hi and :welcome: to Talk Budgies!

You've received good advice from aluz and StarlingWings. :thumbsup:

When you need to chance their food and water, you want to be as calm and reassuring with them as possible. Move slowly and talk to them the entire time. :)

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 him get used to the idea that the hand is now in his safe place and not harming him.
After 2 weeks, begin moving your hand slowly toward the budgie and begin your taming and bonding sessions.

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