Hi everyone! I'm starting this journal to keep track of my taming journey with my two year old budgie Milo. Please feel free to leave me any suggestions, tips, or questions you may have, as they will be very much appreciated. I will start taming on monday when my schedule frees up, and sit by his cage whenever I can in the mean time.
Last edited by MiloTheParakeet; 10-23-2016 at 12:25 AM.
Hi everyone! I'm planning on starting taming tomorrow. Today I've been just sitting by Milos cage whenever I can and talking softly to him. He seems to enjoy it. He just goes about his regular business or sits there watching me while chirping along. Going well so far!
Hullo again! Today was the first official day of taming with Milo, and I'd say it went alright. I put my hand just inside the door of his cage and played calming music while talking softly to him for around ten minutes or so. The first time he just went about his normal business, occasionally stopping to observe the strange new thing in his environment (AKA my hand). The second time he sat on his favourite perch and puffed himself up while singing along to the music. Then he did this weird thing where he made this noise that sounded somewhere in between a chirp an a sneeze while bobbing his head. What does that even MEAN? Then he kind of buried his beak in his mirror and chirped really quietly. He didn't seem too freaked out.
Hello! Milo did really well today. I moved my hand a bit higher (I had had it on the bottom of the cage) and nothing super eventful happened the first time except for a little preening, some singing and overall comfort. But the second time he came down to the perch across from my hand to investigate! We're making progress! Any suggestions on what to do next? I think I might eventually (after he's totally comfortable) try the moving perch thing, but I'm open to other suggestions.
I would honestly keep doing what you're doing now for the rest of the week (until Day 7). Although it may seem redundant after a while, especially since he's so comfortable with you already, it's very important to solidify these basic foundations of trust, and it will make taming more smooth in the future
Keep up the good work!
and Princess Mallorn!
Thank you to Deb for her wonderful Faery magic
As new a budgie owner, I found it was really tempting to push ahead or try to push the bird to go at my pace... but I don't recommend it. I found it's much better to over-do it on going slow to make sure your bird is comfortable. I'm in a place where I'm slowing down, and going backwards in bonding/training my bird, because I think early on I pushed him or my expectations were too high (which I think they can feel that, and it's probably not good)... so I'm all about going at a really slow pace.
Hi! Thanks for the advice. Nothing too ground-breaking happened today, just more trust building. Milo's started to move around the cage a little more while my hand is in there, and the first time I put my hand in, he was acting all tired and tucked his head into his wing as if he was going to have a little nap. I never saw his eyes close though. He seems to be getting comfortable but I'm just going to keep on going with this, I don't want to backtrack and I want him to trust me completely.