For those who don't know, I adopted an adult female budgie from an animal shelter on Friday. We have named her Connie which was my husband's idea. I suggested other names but my husband didn't like any of them. We didn't consider keeping the name the shelter gave her, Hi-Chew.
I want to start a training journal for Connie because she's an adult and a rescue. I have two goals for us. 1) Be able to get her to go on my finger so that I can get her back in the cage when I let her out, and 2) get her on the same diet as my other birds.
Connie acted comfortable right away in her new cage and surroundings, so I already started with taming and bonding. If I hold a small piece of millet in my fingers, she will come over and eat it. She is too nervous for me to start working on stepping up. I plan on continuing with the millet to get her more used to my hand near her. Any suggestions with this are welcome.
I wanted to take it slow with diet change since she just got here, but I thought there wouldn't be any harm in offering pellets along with the seed in the cage. I used part of an idea from the Roudybush website
(the "instinctual method") and put a stainless steel cup with Roudybush Nibles up high near the top perch while keeping the regular container full of seed at the bottom. I put just a sprinkle of seed in the pellet cup to encourage her to eat out of it.
Connie still eats seed out of the bottom dish, but she is very interested in the stainless steel pellet cup. It's shiny and she can see her reflection. I'm almost positive I've seen her eating the pellets and there is starting to be pellet dust in the cup.
Super happy with her progress just in the first few days!