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Old 08-21-2016, 04:30 PM
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[SIZE="3"][FONT="Book Antiqua"]Today marks one week with Dawn and Finch. I started training with them on the 5th day, before this I would usually put my hand in their change for 10-15 minutes every 2 hoursand after I change and refill their bowls I feed them millet. Yesterday I took a change and nudged Dawn to stand on my pointer finger, she didn't seem so nervous when she was standing but she does get nervous when I nudge her belly. Finch is totally out of the picture because he's stubborn, he likes to eat the millet and when I try to slowly move closer to him he always goes behind Dawn, so that after Dawn is on my finger he'll come back only to eat the millet. Today I tried it again and Dawn did the same thing, I see that they're still quite skittish if I try making a move to get them to perch on my finger, should I go back to keeping my hand in the cage? On continue what I'm doing?

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Given the fact you have only had Dawn and Finch for one week, it would be better to not rush through things, to sit close to their cage and make them used to your presence and voice. This is how you make the first connection with them and start building their trust in you, by using your voice in a calm, positive, encouraging and reassuring way.
You will be able to take clues on how to proceed by watching their body language and behaviour.
If they seem increasingly more receptive to you when you interact with them, they you can move one step further in training, by offering them a little treat to eat.

If you haven't done so already, you can check the information on the stickies at the top of the Taming and Bonding section.
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Samantha, I'm glad things are going well with your little ones Aluz has given you great advice to continue building their trust

I wish you the very best of luck, and look forward to hearing more about their progress!
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Update, now Dawn and Finch have become very accustomed to me. They're no longer jitterish when I sit next to them or when I put my hand in their cage. It's mostly while I'm feeding them (with millet by hand) when Dawn sees my finger and moves up and down her perch. Usually Dawn will cool off and hop on my finger after a little nudge, unlike Finch who will turn his back until I give him millet and he refises to hop on. !!! I am really concerned for their health, I introduced a mineral block, in the shape of a red apple to them about a week ago. Ever since 2-3 days ago I noticed their feces are red... Not a bloody red more of the mineral block red, is it ok for them to be having so much of the mineral block? That's not my only concern though, I have noticed with Finch that his feces isn't fully developed and he's having a lot of urine. I'm not sure if it's his diet I have been feeding them bits of lettuce, so maybe the high intake of water?
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Hi Samantha! I'm glad little Dawn and Finch have grown more trusting of you, that's great!

Budgies often go through periods of time where they ignore the mineral block, and other times when it seems that's all they eat. They only eat it when they feel their body needs it, so it's fine for them to be eating that much of it. Eventually they won't feel the need to intake so much of it and they'll stop

Also, more watery poop could be caused by lots of lettuce, which is high in water content. Try not giving him lettuce for a few days and see if his poop firms up. If not, then it may be time to take him into an avian vet for a check up
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Yes, thank you so much! I have limited their lettuce intake and now their droppings aren't so runny anymore. They also finished the mineral block a couple of days ago, so their droppings aren't red either. Today though, I was feeding them millet, but Dawn was coming to my hand slowly, not like she usually does, and she was taking cautious steps while watching Finch. After I fed them some millet, I took the millet back, and kept my finger in the "perch stance" for 2 minutes then I slowly approached Dawn, she climbed onto my finger and stayed there for about 3 minutes before she moved back, I'm so happy that she's begining to trust me. Finch is just stubborn, comes for the millet but backs away when he sees my "perch stance finger", I've noticed that Finch is more aggressive towards Dawn, he's been pecking at her, and if she tries to eat from me he'll get all up in her grill and push her away. Finch is going through a molt and I've taken notice to his pin feathers. He's just become very aggressive, I try to stop him when he's fighting with Dawn but I'm afraid it'll go to far, is this normal?
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I'm glad you're making progress with Dawn! In time, Finch will learn to trust you as well.

As for his aggressiveness, many budgies get "possessive" of their food, etc. Do you have two food bowls, two water bowls, etc. in their cage?

Is he aggressive at any other time to Dawn, or just when you have the millet in front of them?
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When I'm offering two birds millet--or any food--I have two pieces of it so that they don't fight over it. Well, so that they aren't as likely to fight over it. Sometimes it takes some ingenuity to figure out how to hold it all in a way to keep harmony.
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