I got them from the petstore 4 days ago, but I've already fallen completely in love with them. Since it's summer break I spend most of my time by their cage reading and talking, during this time they either sleep, eat, preen, or chirp along with my reading. I decided to start whistling, and they responded to it really well! They would become curious and would come to the cage door where I'm at and chirp as if we're having a conversation. I took advantage of this and held a piece of milllet through the bars, and surprisingly they came to it in under a minute! From then on, everytime I whistle they would chirp back and hop to the door waiting for their millet. Honestly, I gave them too much, I can never resist those faces! This was all in one day and I'm proud of the tremendous progress. However, a few hours pass by and my budgie toys arrive. I decided to put the toys and perches in.... absolute disaster. I was being as careful as possible but being the clumsy person I am, dropped dozens of things, making a ruckus. They didn't respond well to the sudden noises inside their cage and flapped around in panic (super rare since they mostly stay completely still or take a few steps away when scared) the good thing is this only lasted 3 seconds and they let me continue installing the toys. I feel like this traumatized them quite a bit. I gave them 20
minutes alone and started reading to them again. They were nervous at first but settled in and grinded their beaks, slowly falling asleep on one leg! (which I assume is a good thing?) After this, I covered their cage and turned the lights off, ending the day.
Hopefully, I can regain my progress tomorrow.
I didn't feel like making a new thread for one question, so I hope it's okay to ask it here. Can you list some indoor plants/herbs that are safe for budgies because I'm planning on having lots of plants/herbs in my room for the budgies to nibble on when they get ready to leave the cage.
Last edited by totallynotamy; 07-06-2017 at 05:53 PM.
In the morning, I wake up to them playing with all the toys! I thought it would take longer for them to get used to it, but I guess not. While they were playing, I noticed Kit on the cage floor walking around, climbing the door, and chirping as if waiting for his millet. I decided to approach them, they did the thing where they stood still, but got over it in a matter of seconds. I whistled, they chirped back, and flew down and ate the millet as if the whole toy fiasco didn't happen. They still get nervous when my hand is actually inside the cage, however they are becoming very comfortable with me on the outside. Hopefully, iby next week we can work our way into having my hand and the millet inside. Later in the day, I'll try hand feeding them some bok choy through the bars!
Update: They didn't eat the bok choy but something even better happened! I opened the huge cage door while reading and held a hand full of millet outside the cage. They flew down and walked onto my hand with little to no hesitation!
I didn't spend much time with them today but we still made some progress. While they were eating millet off of my hand, they decided to fly off and explore my room. Everything in here is budgie safe of course, but I have one mirror uncovered since it's one of those humongous closet mirrors. Poor things accidentally hit their wings across the wall while flying near it, but they're ok! They were only out for 3 minutes until I had to let them back in since they decided to perch on my bed (didn't want any birdie poop!) They didn't fly in by themselves so I had to get them to step up, which wasn't that hard to my surprise! Kat stepped up without millet but Kit needed some persuasion. Ever since they learned to trust me, I hear them bickering even more. It's not worrisome since they make up really fast and preen eachother after. Hopefully this won't evolve into a bigger problem. Oh, yeah! I forgot to add, they have become comfortable with my hand inside their cage as long as I'm not making too much noise. Kit even flew up to my hand!
Update: They really like Adele and Beyonce! Their favorite song is currently Riptide.
Last edited by totallynotamy; 07-07-2017 at 03:30 PM.
We've been working on flight recalling without millet, and it went amazing! Kat used to be the timid one but now, she's more outgoing than Kit! I was across the room and whistled, while holding my arm out and she flew all the way over! To my surprise, she perched on my head shortly after. Kit will almost only fly over if Kat or millet is there but I've had him come over without millet or Kat. It was only a short distance but still happy with it! Kat seems unhappy with the cage now that she's been outside (it meets the minimum for 2 budgies, 30x18x18). I would love to upgrade to a bigger cage but the one I have my eye on is $100 and my parents won't get a new cage since they already spent $200+ on bird stuff.
I know noise is part of the budgie package but I am getting extremely tired of Kat's squawking, and I think it's starting to annoy Kit aswell. She keeps on squawking until I come over and I know I should discourage this by not coming over but it never seems to stop unless I come over. Not to mention, I have a hamster (hamsters are nocturnal) in my room too and he sleeps during the day so I'm sure it disturbs and slightly frightens him. Any advice?
You'll just need to learn to ignore the squawking of the budgie.
You can't expect a bird to behave the way you want it to.
If you walk over to her when she squawks, then you are reinforcing that behavior and it will never stop -- it will simply increase.
I've had birds and hamsters and the squawking of the birds never disturbed the hamsters sleep. If it does disturb it, the hamster will nap during the night even though it is nocturnal. No different that a bird or human napping during the day if their sleep is disturbed.