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Old 03-29-2016, 02:42 PM
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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!

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Greetings and hi there Connie.she sure is beautiful.I think that is very kind and generous of you to adopt her.sounds like she's making some progress indeed.I think in time soon.she will be hoping on your fingers and hopefully interacting with you.thanks so much for posting the lovely photo.blessings and hope you and Connie will have many wonderful years together always.
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Yay Connie! Way to go, trying new food!
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That's awesome!!! Connie is very pretty!
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Connie is beautiful and I'm happy to hear she's settling in so well so far!

It's great to hear she's trying new foods already--way to go, Connie!

I'm looking forward to hearing all about her progress. It sounds like it'll go wonderfully
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4/1/16: Today I started trying this method for training Connie, since it focuses on being able to get her out of the cage and back in. Since she is already okay with eating millet from my fingers, I started with having her step onto a perch. It took a few tries, but she eventually sat on the perch with both feet. She was nervous and sat on the very edge as far away from me as possible. I held the perch still. At the beginning and end of the training session I offered Connie millet. We are making baby steps toward the goal of out-of-cage time!

Connie seems to really like the Roudybush pellets and is definitely eating them. I didn't have to do anything other than put a dish of them in the cage, so I lucked out there. Tomorrow I'm going to start limiting the amount of seed she gets. She won't touch the veggies I clip to the cage. I'm not as worried about that, I think she may come around on veggies once quarantine is over and she sees how the other two birds like veggies. I was more concerned about the pellets because if Connie was still on a diet of all seed at the end of quarantine, it would be hard to continue limiting the other birds' seed.

Connie is doing great for only having been here one week.
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4/5/16: I picked a good time for a training session today, Connie was energetic and searching for food. She stepped up on the perch several times with just a little coaxing, and I rewarded her with millet each time. She usually only stays on the perch for a second before hopping off, and sometimes only puts one foot on the perch. She still backs away when my hand comes too close, but let my finger lightly touch her once today while I was giving her millet.
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4/10/16: Connie is molting. She has lost tons of feathers over the past few days. I cleaned and vacuumed yesterday and a few hours later the bottom of the cage was covered in feathers again.

Connie is making slow progress with the perch training but seems to be more comfortable with it. I do one or two very short sessions each day where I have her practice stepping up a few times in a row. I reward her with millet each time she steps up. She gets uncomfortable and hops off when I move the perch with her on it but I think she will get used to this if we keep practicing. She is NOT ready to try stepping on my finger. But since my goal is only to be able to get her in and out of the cage, I'm fine with just using a perch for now.

She is still not eating any veggies but the pellets/seed ratio she gets is now the same as Freddy's - yay! She climbs down the side of the cage to sit by her reflection in the steel food dish. I can't wait to be able to put her in the room with the other birds so she won't be so lonely. I plan to end her quarantine on May 9, which will be 45 days after I got her, so there's still a month to go. I will try to make the most of the time to work with Connie one on one.
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4/16/16: Not much happening with Connie. She molted a TON of feathers for just a few days, then the molt was over. I haven't worked too hard on training - Connie wants to rest a lot now that she's just molted.

I've been trying to coax her out of her cage just a little bit by leaving the door open with a ladder hooked to it, and putting a millet spray on the ladder. She comes out and eats the tip of the millet spray and then goes back in. I've been moving the millet spray down one ladder rung every day. It's on the third rung down today, so Connie has to come all the way out of the cage to get to the millet. I plan to try and use the perch to get her back in if she freaks out and flies around, but I haven't needed it so far.
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That's a great way to get her out of the cage!

It sounds like it's working, too, perhaps soon she'll realise the cage isn't so scary after all

Rope perches also work well as little "sundecks" outside the door of the cage
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