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Winston and Wendy are settling in nicely. It's been a week and I have been very slowly introducing my hand to them. Wendy is curious and confident, whereas Winston is more weary and shy. Today was the first time he jumped on my hand to sample some millet - with Wendy by his side of course. I've had to deter Wendy from chewing my hand (really hard) on a few occasions - by moving my hand sideways and downwards, I think she got the point pretty quick but feel she is going to be a chomper 馃槅.

I wonder when they will be curious enough to want to try to come out - they seem super content in their cage. I've made a foraging tray, as Winston was very interested in the bottom of the cage (which is wire and otherwise quite dull), but the tray has caught his attention instead. Win 馃弳

They are also getting used to their new natural eucalypt perches, and in the process Wendy seems to have slipped (twice). She is fine and happily made her way back up to top perch, but I'm wondering if this needs intervention or just a matter of them getting used to things?
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Its officially week 2 of Winston and Wendy coming home. I've managed to read some of the info and threads on this site, which i feel has really helped! Today I coaxed Wendy down to the bottom of the cage with Winston to forage for some fresh greens, which she proceeded to drag up her ladder - zoomies style. This will eventually also act as their bird bath, and they seem comfy with it so thats great!

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Winston has learnt to jump on my hand for millet, woot! He even managed a few step ups. They are crazy for millet, not so much for fruit and veg yet but slowly they will find other things they like.

It was also the first time out of their cage, Wendy flew to the top of the shelf, and must have liked the sound it made because she did a few playfull little jumps! tik tik tik. it was so funny. Getting her back was easy with millet. Time to find a new spot for some of my houseplants.

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It's now week 3 and Winston and Wendy have settled into a little routine. Winston likes to sleep in, whilst Wendy is generally up early wrestling with her loofah toy. They always eat together.

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I don't know why I was worried about them taking to their veggies - they officially adore them! Winston's favourites are corn and yellow capsicum (anything yellow like himself?) and Wendy loves herbs, mostly basil and parsley. They seem to just throw the lettuce around, which is fine. Here they are with their new shallow coop cup they love to hop into:

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They had their first bath, in their Ikea Parsley embellished side plate of course 馃槅:

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They currently prefer the comfort of their cage, now decked out with natural perches and a few more toys (who knew buying budgie toys is so addictive!) - I assume this indicates they approve of their space? I've placed some perches outside the door to give them the hint they have a choice, but the days are short (Winter here), so 'open door' time has been limited. Any deas on getting them interested in free time?... perhaps just time will tell. Here is Wendy, Inquisitive but tentative at the same time:

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And over the weekend enjoying some millet on my desk:

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I better stop 馃槃, too many photos. They are just so adorable.
 

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Great pictures, good to see how well they have settled in. It just takes time for them to want to spend time out of the cage, When I open my cages in the morning, they all fly out but then shortly decide to all go into one cage and chat with one another, and then spend time hopping in and out of each others cages. :LOL:
 

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My bird Luxie was a 鈥渃age-body鈥 for several months, and still sometimes has days of just preferring the cage. But she did start exploring perches I put outside, especially one I put on door that would swing open when I opened the door. She could sit on it and sort of be in and out of the cage at the same time鈥擨 called it her 鈥減orch perch鈥 because it was like she would go out on to the porch to just sit and people/bird/watch.

Let鈥檚 see, what else for encouraging outside-cage free time? I would put toys on top of the cage, and I got one of the natural grass woven mats I鈥檝e seen that I think is supposed to be used as a kind of hammock-swing-type thing? I clipped that to the outside side of the cage with one end a little bit on the cage top to initially make it easier for her to get up to the top of the cage while she figured out how to get around. She climbs up and down if I鈥檓 sitting and working on that side of the cage. I also have a little play gym that I put in front of the cage when the door is open, so that there are immediate things-to-play-and-explore there. Early on I thought for a while she was just going to be forever inside the cage even with the door open, but gradualy over the course of months, almost without me noticing, she will now be playing on top of the cage, sitting outside on one of the perches, doing bird-zoomies around the room, or checking out the 鈥渙ffice鈥 (that鈥檚 my desk) veggie dish :)

I also do food foraging enrichment, where I put a portion of the day鈥檚 seeds at the bottom of the cage, and so sometimes I put a few scattered seeds in places I would like her to explore. I did this when I first got the little playground to help teach her it was her space, That has also seemed to encourage out-of-cage exploration鈥攖hough grain of salt, Luxie did just discover the magic of floor crumbs (I don鈥檛 put her on the floor as I don鈥檛 want to inadvertently step on her, but sometimes she finds her way there regardless), so I鈥檒l be vacuuming a bit more often鈥
 

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Thanks Aozane, great tips! I love the porch perch :giggle:. I was thinking mabye they will look to 'the outside' when they get a little bored of exploring their indoor space. I am on the lookout for a good play gym to sit on top of their cage.
 
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