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I started a thread here intending to ask a question but since I got so much good feedback, I figured it would be helpful to myself and other members to record my progress here too.

I got Blue from a local pet store about three weeks ago. When I first let her out into the cage she screamed until she scared herself and wouldn't move for two days.

I put her in the luxury big cage but it let her run away too much. I had to move her to a small cage where my hand could comfortably reach everywhere. I sang a random taming song I made up (lol) over and over again to relax her and got my hand with millet closer. Eventually she ate the millet.

I started to cut the millet pieces smaller and smaller and used these treat sized pieces to clicker train Blue. Now Blue will let my hand close enough to touch one foot (with my bare hand, no treat) and will run to the middle of the cage for a treat after the click. Soon I hope to be able to touch the body without any freakouts.

I put the cage very close to the chair I usually sit in. Blue is still nervous to climb lower than my eye level to eat or drink. But when I'm at work and not sitting in my chair, she can eat and drink in peace.

Blue's current hobbies are eating when I'm eating and watching once upon a time with me. She likes to scream at the bad guys and chirp during romantic scenes (what a softie lol). She will also reply to me if I chirp to her. But I am really bad at chirping noises so I sort of meep instead. I guess Blue understands that it's really the spirit of it that counts because she always chirps back

I just received my handfed budgie Kiwi from a breeder in Virginia. Kiwi was shipped by overnight mail and arrived yesterday. He lets me pet his belly very softly and if I sing the taming song he will eventually close his eyes and get sleepy

I was assured that he used to beg to be let out of the cage to play, so he probably has a good temperament and just needs to get used to me

I'm going to try to update milestones here and when they are tamer, post some videos of cute budgies


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Old 09-05-2014, 10:06 PM
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Congrats on your new little budgie Kiwi. Did he come in a box? Was he delivered to your doorstep, or how does that work? Did he have food and water during transit? I can't imagine the anticipation of receiving a bird through the mail. You must have been so excited.
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Sounds like you have done some wonderful work with Blue. A good start to the bonding process that is sure to continue and build.

Kiwi sounds adorable. After a stressful move to your place he is probably feeling a little jaded. Once he settles in then the playful budgie described will return.
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Congrats on your new little budgie Kiwi. Did he come in a box? Was he delivered to your doorstep, or how does that work? Did he have food and water during transit? I can't imagine the anticipation of receiving a bird through the mail. You must have been so excited.
He came in a USPS approved box, its a cardboard carrying box with holes in it, and the holes are covered by porous paper on the inside. It has all sorts of printed warnings about having live animals inside, so the post office knows to keep it separate, upright and in a pressurized cabin on planes.

I asked the breeder to write specific instructions to call when he arrived. I picked him up during my lunch hour and took him out in the bathtub to get him to calm down before I put him in the cage. There was a small water bottle and large millet sprays ziptied in there as well as loose seed.

He was probably quite comfortable, except for the scare of traveling lol.


Kiwi's breeder told me he wasn't a biter but he bit me plenty. He also does a hard peck to my hand when he doesn't want to be touched. He does the warning/ angry head poof first lol

I'm wondering if he hurt himself in transport or first night in the new cage banging around. He seems to hate it more if I touch on his left side. Going to take him to the vet today. Couldn't hurt to do an examination

And also, today I got to pet Blue's belly without any fuss, it was probably about 10 seconds before she gets nervous. YAY! We're friends
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Thank you Budgiecakes! I have been so curious about how these little guys are shipped. Training them to a water bottle seems to be a precursor to shipping. And actually, I should add that to my list of things to train Spec. so he doesn't get a wet cage while riding in the car.
How old is your new little guy? Any photos yet?
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I took some pics today, and included some cage pics. I put kiwi in the big one with toys and he eats millet from my hand now but otherwise still one mad budgie haha. He is 13 weeks old and I see some little pinfeathers near his beak.

Blue is in the little cage and I took a pic through the bars because I discovered today the thing she is least scared of is my hand lol. I thought I would take a small stick and try to target train but she hates everything in there except me So I'll just continue with my hand until she can come out and play with the perches outside.

errr also can't figure out how to rotate pics, sorry :/

and btw, the vet said that kiwi was fine, he's just an angry little birdie hehe
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They are both absolutely adorable
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Kiwi is fearless but really, really hates hands. I wonder if he is just still stressed or if something happened to him. A couple times he freaked out and accidentally fluttered out of the cage, I toweled him. If he sees the towel in my hand he takes off running too.

I started him on target training using a small kabob skewer and a clicker. He is not afraid of the skewer and I think he's figuring out what it means. However, unlike Blue, I can't figure out what his motivation is. He will eat millet but does not seem to really like it.

9/8/2014
Blue is progressing normally, I can touch her feet longer than normal but only occasionally is she calm enough for me to touch her belly. However, she is still eager for millet treats so this is easy to remedy with more training.

Edit: Today I figured out that if I tap my fingernails on the cuttlebone and make a scraping sound, Kiwi comes running to the front of the cage. I gave him some millet with my open hand and then put it on the far side of my hand. He couldn't reach it and so rather than step on he stretched himself so far he looked like a fuzzy hammock and I laughed super hard and almost scared him.
Then I put it even further and he stepped on my hand and huffed at me. HUFFED. Cheeky little butt. He also nipped me hard and tried to drag my hand closer so he wouldn't have to step on
But I didn't give in so he got on and proceeded to eat all the millet then pooped on my hand (grrr). Afterward, he wouldn't return to his perch and kept pecking at my hand.

The radio finally changed songs and he became alert and jumped off my hand, having succeeded in scaring himself lol
sometimes if I baby talk him enough he'll run down to a mid-level platform and perch like 3 inches away from my face. Then he'll fluff, then get skinny, run away and run back to me.
But if I extend my hand in friendly manner and try to get him to play, he doesn't want it. He only wants to play with shred toys I extend through the bars.

WTF is going on here? If anyone can help out that would be great

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Today Blue got more comfortable with my hand. I am now able to apply light pressure for a few seconds to her chest. She likes to chirps a lot now, especially to AC/DC lol
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Kiwi will eat millet off my hand sometimes but he is still handshy after one week. I will give him some more time and continue to give him the choice to step up on his own.
He has not started chirping or playing with his toys, maybe I went overboard with the cool perches and toys and he needs more time to get used to all the stuff in there.

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Kiwi stepped onto my hand by himself with millet
I took him to blue's cage and blue jumped onto the front of the cage but they were shy haha
Kiwi did a shy little chirp

on the way back he messed up the distance from my hand to the cage and ended up on the floor. I tried to lure him back onto my hand but it's the second day he's come out on my hand so he didn't trust it enough to take him back. I toweled him into the cage and 2 seconds later he was fine. I think he's settling in just fine.

Afterward Blue stepped onto my finger for the first time!!!
I cut a millet piece bigger than regular and it tempted her so much she was going crazy trying to get to it. I put it farther than she could reach and even though she climbed all over the place trying to outsmart me, I was smarter lol.

She put one foot on me and I moved so that she had to let go of the other foot. After I let her eat her reward, I slowly let the millet drop by itself so she was sitting on my bare hand with no treat. She seemed nervous but not terrified, and after a bit, stepped back on her perch by herself.
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