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I just got a new budgie and when i brought it home it escaped its cage and flew around my room, he wouldn't step up onto the stick so i tried to use my hands, i am scared that this made him more scared. i don't want him to be traumatized or anything. do you think i would still be able to tame him and gain his trust?
 

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As you have only just got him, it won't break any trust as he has yet to gain any.

Please read through the stickies about taming and bonding to learn the correct way to gain a lasting, trusting bond.
 

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Hi! :welcome: to Talk Budgies

Your budgie will overcome the trauma of being caught and placed into his new cage.

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.
In the future, you should never grab your budgie or force him to be touched.
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 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 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 whenever you interact with him .

Most budgies once they pass the "baby" stage, do not like to be petted or touched.
If your budgie does like to be petted, you should only ever pet his head, neck or chest area.
Stroking a budgie's back and/or tail stimulates its breeding instinct. Bonding means allowing them to choose to be with you.

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Hi there and :welcome: to the forums!

You've been given great advice above :)

Singing, reading, and talking to him as much as possible during the next few weeks will help him feel comfortable with you and your family. Remember not to put your hand in the cage for at least two weeks as he needs time to get used to his cage and environment without any other stressors. ;)

If you have any questions after reading through the forums' many articles and stickies, be sure to ask! :D

We look forward to meeting your budgie soon!

Cheers :wave:
 
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