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Hey! I am new to this forum and would like some advice.
I am new to keeping a parakeet! I've had him for about 4 weeks now, and I’ve noticed that he wants to get out of the cage, but I find that a bit scary because I'm afraid that he can no longer be caught.
I'm fairly well on my way to taming him (he can sit on my finger with millet spray) but as soon as I move my hand, he flies away... what would you advise? Continue training first or let him fly (curtains closed and dangerous items are away of course)
Thanks in advance! hope you can help me!
 

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Hey!
I am new to this forum and would like some advice.
I am new to keeping a parakeet! I've had him for about 4 weeks now, and I’ve noticed that he wants to get out of the cage, but I find that a bit scary because I'm afraid that he can no longer be caught.
I'm fairly well on my way to taming him (he can sit on my finger with millet spray) but as soon as I move my hand, he flies away... what would you advise? Continue training first or let him fly (curtains closed and dangerous items are away of course)
Thanks in advance! hope you can help me!
Hello!
Welcome to the forum. I think you should give your budgie some more time. A few days/weeks. Place your hand on top of the cage several times a day so that your bird gets familiar with it and believes that it is no longer harmful. Take some free time and sit near the cage and talk to your budgie. By doing this for a few days your budgie will start trusting your hand. Once you think the budgie trusts you completely, open the cage(with curtains, doors, and windows closed etc closed). To make your budgie comfortable outside the cage you can put a few toys and fruits and vegetables. And other things your budgie likes to make it feel safe.
Hope what I wrote above is helpful. But still, you should wait for others to give their advice.
Good day/night.
 

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Since you have a bird safe room, if you have the time to spend supervising your budgie for out of cage time, you can allow him out of the cage before he is tamed.
Do not have food or water outside the cage. You want to ensure that he has to go back into the cage to eat and drink.
You will need to be prepared to wait until he is good and ready to go back into his cage. Do not chase him around the room trying to catch him.
The easiest thing to do, is wait until evening. That way when you are ready for the budgie to go back in the cage, dim the lights. Do not turn them off, dim them.
Turn off any music or TV.
If there is a toy bell in the cage, ring the bell and say "(name?) Time to go back in your cage now!".
When he goes into the cage, then give him a special tiny ball of millet as a treat.
My budgies are not hand-tamed but they learned (through positive reinforcement) when to go back into their cages.


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FaeryBee have given you excellent advice and resources!

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