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Old 11-16-2017, 09:35 PM
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Jenna is a foster who has been with me for around 5 weeks or so. She was found outside, tested and quarantined before she came to me. However, somewhere along the way, she got a foot injury which meant that I was catching her and giving her medicine twice a day. She took it pretty well, all things considered, but it was not a great introduction. She was at least able to differentiate between "that crazy human is trying to catch me again" and "well, that human might be crazy but she seems to be offering me millet at the moment."

At the moment, Jenna will eat from a spray I am holding and is more likely to inside her cage. She will even step onto my hand and use it as a platform feeder at times. However, she tends to run away outside of the cage, and it takes her a while to decide to come over for millet when she is in the cage. Sometimes she has to run to the other side first while contemplating whether it is safe.

So, my first goals are for her to not run away from me outside of the cage and for her to become more nonchalant about my hand in her cage. I have used a mouth click with her on and off, and will be more consistent with that. I'll spend time chitchatting with her as well as offering the oh so tasty treats. I also need to try to figure out WHY she runs away outside the cage.

Jenna has a special place in my heart, partially because of taking care of her injured foot and how well she took it. My hope is to get her well on her way to being comfortable with people and for her to learn to step up. She has not tried to move in with the female foster pair that I have, and most single budgies I have fostered would have, so she might want a closer relationship with "her" human(s) than some of the other budgies I have fostered.

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Leah,

Bless you for taking such good care of Jenna!
She sounds like a delightful little girl and with your care I know she will go on to become a beloved pet for some lucky person in the future.
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I think once you work out these issues with Jenna she is going to make someone such an amazing pet. She sounds lovely.
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Best of luck, Jenna sounds like she will become a little sweetheart.
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Well, I figured out why she was running away from me when she is outside of her cage: I was was paying too much attention to her. I know better. I really do. I carefully ignored her, and she quickly became the boldest about coming and eating out of my hand. And standing on it. I'm now working on every once and a while moving my hand while she is on it, and adding more food while she is on my hand. She always moves away when I add more food, but she comes back quickly. She sometimes will stay on for a little ride. I'm careful to not always make it more difficult, however.

I've never had a budgie who would fly to my open hand--I've never even tried it before--but I have a feeling Jenna will learn to do it fairly naturally. We'll see.

I have four other budgies at the moment besides Jenna: Kip and Coconut who are mine, and Ariel and Dory who are fosters. I don't think Ariel and Dory are ever going to become fully hand tamed, but they are much, much more comfortable than they were. Coconut and Kip encouraged Jenna to be bolder, and Ariel is benefitting from Jenna. Dory, for the most part, is happy to wait until she is back in her cage for her treat, but she has eaten from a millet sprig I'm holding and she watches the other birds. While I am focussing on Jenna at the moment, I really want Arial and Dory to not feel that it is necessary to flee to the far reaches of the cage when I put my hand in it.
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Holy Moly: Jenna did fly onto my hand today. She made one aborted attempt, then Kip beat her to it. Since she is the queen bee, that meant she had to come get some seed as well Of course, I didn't have my phone within reach to take a picture....

Dory came closer to joining Ariel and Jenna today, but's it's a little tough for her. I'll try just Ariel and Dory out of their cages and see if that helps. On the one hand, having more birds showing it's safe encourages her, on the other hand I don't think Dory likes the avian chaos. I have seen Jenna, on the other hand, even poke one of my cockatiels.

[Side note: Simon, the cockatiel who seems to keep count of how many budgies are in residence and looks horrified when the number increases, also seems disappointed when I try to give him budgie free time out of his cage. He goes and stands on top of one of their cages.]
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Leah,

You are doing such an amazing job with these budgies, you really serve as an inspiration to me and many of the members of this forum.

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Thank you, Deborah. They teach me a lot as long as I pay attention to what they are saying.

Jenna continues to do well. I can move my hand around some with her sitting on it. She also had no trouble eating out of my brother's hand when he was here for Thanksgiving. She still flies away when I use my other hand to add more seed to the "perch" hand...but it just occurred to me that I shouldn't start with the "other" hand down by my side. It's too much movement. She's quite comfortable with coming over and eating from my hand when she is in her cage.

Dory and Ariel have had big breakthroughs. Dory will now approach me to get treats outside of the cage..as long as she doesn't think she's going to get mugged by another bird (reasonable on her part, I think). The enormous improvement was that today for the first time they ate from my hand in their cage. I could switch back between one and the other and the movement of my hand across the cage didn't scare them. Dory actually was faster about approaching me than Ariel. Now I just have to get pictures to prove it.

I'm sure I benefit from the example that the cockatiels and Kip and Coconut set. It's like they are the taste testers that show new birds that I'm not going to poison them. It's still taken Dory and Ariel something like a year to get this comfortable with me. For the record, I am definitely a softy. They didn't miss out on treats during this time--their's got scattered on the bottom of their cage.
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I'm so thankful that Jenna is with you and receiving all the love, time and attention you are devoting to her.
She is a very fortunate girl to have ended up with you!

Dory and Ariel are making great progress!
I love reading your updates.
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Dory stayed on her swing twice yesterday when I was doing something in their cage. That is a first and was one of my big goals with them. Ariel is bolder outside of the cage, but isn't yet developing Dory's nonchalance inside the cage. It's interesting to see the differences.

All three hens are in breeding condition at the moment. While Jenna isn't being the crazy girl she was a few weeks ago, I'm in a bit of a holding pattern with her at the moment. I had started clicker training with them with the first "task" being touching a stick. Ariel actually figured it out and Jenna was close, but Jenna's too busy chasing Coconut at the moment to focus (only half joking--I may have to have separate out of cage time again).

On a side note, there's a major influx of budgies and cockatiels coming into the rescue and I'm considering creating a budgie room and a separate tiel room. I would like move Kip and Coconut into a larger cage in the process of this, but all of the budgies I'm getting are female. Based on Jenna, I thinking that I need to keep Kip and Coconut in a cage that I can easily move out of here!!
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