Hello again, I'm really loving the super nice and amazingly helpful community here! Being able to talk to budgie experts with experience has helped me so much more than googling.
I like that I can have a place to jot down little notes about my buddies' progress!
Poor thing was all alone for at least this amount of time at my pet store, the last budgie. He didn't take it too well, either. He sat in one spot all day, shivering and pulling out his tail feathers. When my manager told me to move him to one of the smaller cages instead of his big empty one, I tried to be extra gentle and talk to him because I had a feeling he'd be coming home with me eventually. It took him about three days to stop shivering in his new cage, we were starting to get worried he wouldn't make it alone.
The day we took him home! He was a very quiet bird the whole trip home and the whole time we set him his new cage, a spacious 24x18x36. We put him inside and he immediately stuck to the highest perch in the corner, next to a mirror. He was still very quiet, so I played a video of other budgies chirping and he immediately perked up and sang a little. When we approached the cage, he would move back to his corner. We(mostly I) would go up every once in awhile to talk to him for a few minutes, but otherwise gave him space.
Dewey finally started exploring his cage! I saw him use every perch, use his cuttlebone, find his food bowl and eat, and use his ladder/climb upside down. He sang for hours too! I went up to the cage to talk to him for longer periods, around 30 min. He usually fluffs a little, stretches his wings, (he does this cute tow touch thing with his wing tips), and close his eyes slowly when I talk to him (does this mean he's comfortable?). Near the end of the day, I noticed he didn't move to his corner when I approached! He would stay in the same spot, or move around. He even felt comfortable moving to his food bowl and eating while I was standing there. We went back to my store and got two new branch perches and some more toys, although I haven't seen him play yet.
I had a long day of classes and didn't get home until around 5:30, so I didn't get to interact with him as much as yesterday. He still feels comfortable with me walking up to the cage though, and looks at me and tilts his head when I talk. Sometimes he'll cut me off and just start singing My boyfriend said he was singing even more than yesterday though, which is really good. Since he felt comfortable with me walking up and being around, I wanted to get him used to my hands in the cage. I put my hand in face up around the middle of his cage and just kept it still. He didn't move much at first, but he eventually started walking around, and even went to eat with it there! I took my hand out when he looked comfortable and was walking around, I didn't want to do it when he sat and ignored it as if to teach him that doing nothing will make the scary hand go away. I tried again a few hours later, this time with a bit of millet in my palm. He was a bit more skittish so I was sure to be still, and he got comfortable again. He went to eat a little bit, moved around his cage, back to eat, climb on his ladder, etc. He spent a lot more time looking at my hand and tilting his head at it. Again I removed it when he was comfortable and moving around. His appetite came back too.
And that's about it so far! I know I'm completely new at this so I want to go really slow with him, especially since he didn't come from a breeder. He hasn't really had any positive experiences with hands, but he's only around 3-4 months so I'm sure we'll be good friends soon
You are doing absolutely wonderful, Karma to you for taking this sweet little boy home with you he sounds like he is quite a lovely little guy.
You are very welcome to ask any questions concerning you training and I love following this journey with you both.
Cathy, I do have some questions for his training. He will be fine with a hand in the cage after awhile, but still moves away whenever it approaches him. I've had millet in my hand in the cage and he totally ignores it. What can I do to make him feel comfortable and encourage him?
I'll admit I was becoming a little dejected. Last night and earlier today, Dewey would retreat to his corner when I approached the cage I'm not sure why, so I decided to give him his space and talk to him from afar.
I worked 12-9 today (and we should be receiving more animals next week, I'm glad I took Dewey home so he wouldn't have been by himself for such a long time) and when I got home I went to greet my baby budgie. He was still in his corner by the mirror, and he fluffed up when I came by and had sleepy eyes. I talked to him for a little, and thought that maybe if he was tired, he'd be less afraid of my hand? I put it in the cage and he promptly looked away from it :/ I left it there and told him he was a good boy enthusiastically whenever he looked at it, or me. I moved my had slowly until I was right in front of him, and I was so excited and told him how great he was being! I went to touch his belly ever so gently, but then he took off to the other side of the cage.
I moved my hand down (but still in the cage) so he felt comfortable enough to come back. I moved my hand slowly again, this time I tried barely grazing the top of his foot, and he was okay! I did it a few more times and was so excited and told him he was being an amazing little boy! Every few strokes he would lift his foot and shake it, but he'd be okay the next time I touched it.
I lowered my hand and said "Great JOB Dewey!" and other compliments, and he would scuttle back and forth on his perch as if he knew he did something good. When he'd come back, I'd lift my hand to him again and touch his foot. If he let me, I lowered my hand again and told him good boy, and he shuffled on his perch again. I only did this a few times to not overwhelm him, but I couldn't believe he let me touch his foot you guys! Progress!!
Wonderful to hear you are having some progress with your relationship with Dewy, the main thing to remember is take things slowly ,as much as we all would love to be able to pat and cuddle these little birds have their own personalities and traits.
Some budgies do not actually like to be touched, others are like glue!
I actually don't use millet myself ,I use a favourite toy which in the case of Budget was a red plastic ring. I simply hold his ring and tap my shoulder saying come, he soon got the idea I wanted him to come to me . Now he simply coms when I tap my shoulder or say come on. But it takes time.
If I were you I would sit next to his cage with your hand inside the cage make sure it is comfortable and relaxed, talk to him and generally interact do this as often as possible for five minutes at a time. Hold something shiny a bell, or toy He will come down and have a look soon.
Have a look throughttps://talkbudgies.com/training-bonding/52324-step-up-videos.htmlh these video's they may help.
Awwwe!! So cute!!! Glad to hear things are progressing so well . I have to admit; I'm pretty jealous. I've spent years trying to tame pet store budgies and never had any luck lol. Honeydew is starting to look like he'll be a loving new member of the household
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I didn't expect him to put his guard down so fast either! He won't let me pet his belly every time, he's still a little finicky haha. But a baby step in the right direction I actually saw him take a few gulps of water earlier too, which Bryan and I were worried about in the other thread.