What with having a plethora of foster budgies at the moment, I want to be a little more formal that I usually am about working with Barnes and Noble. Benjamin gets to be included because he's right next to them downstairs.
Barnes and Noble did go out for adoption, but returned to the rescue because of a change in circumstance. While they were well cared for, the adaptor was not really able to work with them. They are very comfortable around people, however. The hope is that this will be their last stop before a permanent placement and they'll be comfortable stepping up onto a hand before that.
Benjamin is new to the rescue and just out of quarantine. He came in with two other budgies who are part of the upstairs contingent.
I expect that because of his proximity to Barnes and Noble he'll make faster progress than he would otherwise--they've already had a good influence on him.
All three are happy to have me sit with them and chit chat with them. They tend to initially go silent, but then pick up again. At least sometimes, I get those darling little wing stretches when I say good morning to them. I spend some time putting my hands on their cages while I talk to them and they are getting more used to it. They move away when I reach into their cage to change their food, water, etc., but they are not frantic. Barnes and Noble are clearly more comfortable than Benjamin, but he is taking a lead from them. They've all got treat cups and Barnes and Noble certainly know what they are for and where they are. Benjamin is just learning.
This evening, I decided to see what would happen if I offered them millet through the bars. Took about two seconds for Barnes to decide to come over. Noble took longer, but he eventually did. Benjamin, not surprisingly, was the most suspicious, but did get up the nerve to come over--and was happy he did!
My 21 year old son came in a bit later and I asked him to try as well--all three budgies ate the millet from him through the bars, and were willing to go to different places in the cage to do so.
I've had to work with some budgies for weeks to get them to this point!
Next goal will be to get them calmer about my hands in their cages and eventually eating from a spray of millet that I'm holding in their cage. I'll keep you posted.