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I've had my budgie for a week or so and she's not scared of me, eats right from my hand, and will perch on my hand too but she does not seem to want to leave her cage. I took her out of her cage one time and she was okay but she took off and started flapping around after a while. Does she associate being out of her cage as being a bad thing because of that experience?? If so, how can I reverse that? Thank you.

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Since you have only had your budgie for a week, she is still in the process of settling into her new surroundings and of getting increasingly familiar with the room she is in.
Before letting her out, it's best to make the room safe for birds, by blocking any areas where your budgie can get stuck (like furniture and other areas), covering any mirrors and at an early stage also covering windows in order to prevent a potential crash landing from happening.

Later on (after a couple more weeks), you can start to encourage your budgie to leave the comfort of her cage by attaching a perch on the cage's bars near the open door and on the outside part of the cage.
Setting up a play area near the cage and placing a tasty treat and a couple of favourite toys can also entice your budgie to venture out of the cage, even if for a bit. You can also encourage her to come out by using the trusting bond you have established with her so far, by using praise words as a reward for her bravery when she comes close to the door. You can also use your hand/finger to see if she steps up and passes the threshold of the cage.
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Since you have only had your budgie for a week, she is still in the process of settling into her new surroundings and of getting increasingly familiar with the room she is in.
Before letting her out, it's best to make the room safe for birds, by blocking any areas where your budgie can get stuck (like furniture and other areas), covering any mirrors and at an early stage also covering windows in order to prevent a potential crash landing from happening.

Later on (after a couple more weeks), you can start to encourage your budgie to leave the comfort of her cage by attaching a perch on the cage's bars near the open door and on the outside part of the cage.
Setting up a play area near the cage and placing a tasty treat and a couple of favourite toys can also entice your budgie to venture out of the cage, even if for a bit. You can also encourage her to come out by using the trusting bond you have established with her so far, by using praise words as a reward for her bravery when she comes close to the door. You can also use your hand/finger to see if she steps up and passes the threshold of the cage.


Ok thank you very much! I'll try that over the next couple weeks as she continues to settle in.
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aluz has given you excellent advice.

If you would like to have this thread turned into a training journal for your budgie (what is her name?) please send me a PM and I'll be happy to take care of that for you.

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Over the weekend, I purchased a play gym for Buki when she's out of her cage. I have been working with her since my last update and she is getting more comfortable with being out of her cage. She lets me take her out if she's eating her food from the palm of my hand. When I bring her towards her gym, however, she gets nervous and flies back to her cage. I can understand that she would be scared around this new structure. It is small enough to place in her cage, so I placed it in her cage with some millet on it so she could test it out inside her cage where she feels the safest. She uses it to get from her favorite perch to her food bowl and back. Is this a good method?? Any other tips?
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Allowing Buki to become accustomed to her playgym inside her is great.

You can put some perches on the outside of her cage and/or on top of the cage to encourage her to explore.

There are also little "Sundecks" you can buy to hang on the outside of the cage. You can hang toys and or a swing on the sundeck which will also be a way of encouraging her to explore. I have several on my bird's cages and they love them.
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