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Currently, Jimmy's been at his new home for one whole week.

I have started to train him to sit on my finger while he eats millet spray, which I have started to do yesterday and was successful twice and again today.
I have also put the millet spray close to me so he has flown near me and been able to eat it but I have not had contact with him on that occasion.

I'm hoping to be able to keep working to get him tame. I'm going to read some of the suggestions on here as well for things to try.


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Have a look through the stickies in the sub forums over on the left of the main page. Here is a link for you to have a look at as well. https://talkbudgies.com/training-bond...ew-budgie.html

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Thanks! I saw you had a lot of things to look through and I'll certainly be looking for top tips.
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I went out for a while this morning which mimicked my working day so when I came home, I went to see Jimmy and let him out for a fly.

He'd been out for a couple of hours when he started to chirp- just the one chirp every few seconds and he was flying around every now and then. Now, Jimmy isn't hand tame and hasn't even stepped onto my finger without food yet, nor has he ever intentionally landed on me.
So as I was sat down, watching a Movie, he came and landed beside me for just a couple of seconds before he moved again. So I decided he was trying to tell me something and I went and got some millet spray for him and put it beside me.
As soon as I sat down, he flew down next to me and started eating his millet. I think it's safe to say all taming I get done with this boy is going to be through his love of millet.
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Jimmy now has learnt that if he flies down next to me, I will feed him millet. He's asked for it twice today by flying down beside me. He usually flies back to where he feels safe while I get a little bit.
I've been cutting off a couple of bits and then putting it in my hand and Jimmy then flies down and eats out of my hand. The last few times when he was finished he left very quickly but today he stayed where he was a little longer and then walked away a little before flying back to his happy place.

I'm really pleased with how he's settling in so far.
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One step forwards, two steps back as they say.

Yesterday and today Jimmy has flown over to me to get his millet but quickly bolted again. He has landed a lot closer than he was landing before and I think this is making him nervous but he flies to me and can land further away but has picked a closer position.

So even though he has come over and not fed from my hand, I am not discouraged because he is attempting to be braver and with patience, I know he will be back again soon.
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No sooner have I posted the above update does Jimmy not come down to get his millet as close as he has been before. I didn't have the millet in my hand this time but he was really close and sat there once he finished for quite a long time, very content.

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Hi I've enjoyed reading about your bonding progress-well done!:-) I've adopted two 'older' budgies and had them about four weeks approx now. There's been some trust gained as they will kind of briefly step onto my open palm to eat millet. The boy is especially good this way, the female less so. I've read articles on here about bonding and training. They're very good and helpful, but many talk about training stuff etc OUTSIDE of the cage but my little friends won't come out, despite me opening the door, and leaving it open, when I'm there. They've not had the best start in life, with their previous owners (and that's putting it mildly!) plus they each have very different personalities so I'm not sure what to do to get them to both feel safe with me, trust me and want come out. As said, they will eat millet from my hands, but won't come out for it even if I leave it on the table in front of them. I realise it's still early days, but I would welcome any tips and words of encouragement from anyone on here!:-)
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Hi I've enjoyed reading about your bonding progress-well done!:-) I've adopted two 'older' budgies and had them about four weeks approx now. There's been some trust gained as they will kind of briefly step onto my open palm to eat millet. The boy is especially good this way, the female less so. I've read articles on here about bonding and training. They're very good and helpful, but many talk about training stuff etc OUTSIDE of the cage but my little friends won't come out, despite me opening the door, and leaving it open, when I'm there. They've not had the best start in life, with their previous owners (and that's putting it mildly!) plus they each have very different personalities so I'm not sure what to do to get them to both feel safe with me, trust me and want come out. As said, they will eat millet from my hands, but won't come out for it even if I leave it on the table in front of them. I realise it's still early days, but I would welcome any tips and words of encouragement from anyone on here!:-)
Thanks. Jimmy is quite the opposite of your two- he doesn't seem to like interaction in his cage and whenever I am trying to just do some bits in his cage, he's looking for a way to escape.
I let him out as much as possible but with work, he can only come out so much.

Do you know if your two were ever allowed out before?
I know that they consider their cages their safe place so as you say they didn't have a good start before coming to you, maybe they just feel really safe and happiest in their cages.
Can you maybe try and get them to come to the door of their cage to feed? That way they still feel safe and aren't outside their comfort zone but it's pushing the boundary a little more. Then, maybe if you can get them used to that, maybe try it so if they will perch at the door of the cage, they need to take one step outside to get to the millet.

I'm sure others on here will have some great advice for you, but if it doesn't get much attention here, maybe try starting a new topic where others will see it.
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Thanks for your reply. They didn't really have a good life before: kept in a dank, shaded room, or on a cold concrete draughty porch step! They weren't allowed to fly out much, if ever. The previous owners had neither the time nor the interest in them. So I realise it's all quite a change for them, including me offering them a toy and fruit, veg etc. I think I will try a start a new post about this, as per your advice. I did one the other day, but can't remember now how I did it! Perhaps you could remind me?....thanks!
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