So... I guess this is where I'm going to post updates on the training process of my budgie, Pookie.
I've started putting my hand into hit cage, and he'll go onto it if I have seeds on it. He went on once - I think he was hungry because I've been trying to take the millet seeds out of his diet and he hasn't been eating the other seeds - when I didn't have any seeds on, pecked around and jumped off.
He moves away from my hand when I put it in, but settles down. He will move closer if I have food on it, but not if I don't.
I let him out of his cage yesterday, and he flew around, bumping into walls. I managed to get him back in by showing him some food, then putting it back in the cage. He went in himself.
The first vegetable my guys tried (and loved) was sweet corn kernels sprinkled with a teeny bit of garlic powder (NOT salt).
Budgies seem to love "spicy" tastes.
My guys adore fresh basil, cilantro and chickweed.
They also like zucchini and red pepper.
So in spite of a little worry with his health, Pookie's been happy and active.
He seems to love being out of the cage, and likes to sit and watch from a high point. He's almost landed on me a few times, but stopped at the last minute.
I've been putting my hand into his cage, and in spite of a little worry when I first put my hand in, he's now happy to stand on it, though if I move it closer then he'll move away.
When I put my hand in this afternoon, he tried to slip out of the gap between my hand and the cage, he really likes being out of the cage.
I'll keep you updated.
So, I was letting him have his time out of the cage, and he landed on my head! I was sitting at my computer like I usually do, watching him, and he finally landed on my head today.
He's still a little skittish when I open his cage door, though he will land on my flat palm, as that is how I give him food. If I move my hand towards him, he moves away. Is there anything I can do to help him know that I don't mean to hurt him other then time?
Aww, it sounds like Pookie is beginning to overcome his fear of you and is seeing you as more of a flockmate
Time will definitely contribute to helping him supersede his discomfort with hands. For now I would let him come to your hand, don't try and move it towards him. Be sure to experiment with different hand positions and locations so he is fully aware of your hand and will learn you don't mean to hurt him
and Princess Mallorn!
Thank you to Deb for her wonderful Faery magic