I bought my kids each a budgie (they picked a male and a female). After watching endless youtube videos, I decided to get each bird its own cage, so each kid could tame and bond with them seperately. When seperated in the same room, they just kept calling out to each other and seemed stressed. So we put the cages side by side, and the female just paces the bottom of the cage trying to get to the male. I ended up making a budgie bridge so they can be together. I am trying to let them get relaxed in their new home, but i want to be able to seperate them for individual taming... what should I do?
How old are your children?
Are the budgies currently housed in a bird-safe room?
How long have you had them?
Have the budgies had a minimum of two weeks to settle into their new environment without being touched?
Budgies need a minimum of two weeks to settle into their new home and you should not be trying to touch or tame them at this time. They are often submissive initially because they are terrified.
You can cover the top and three sides of the cage to help them feel more secure. Play music or the TV for them when you are not around during the day.
To bond with your birds, you need to build their trust in you.
They will have to learn over time that you will not hurt them.
To build your birdsí trust, sit by their cage and read, talk or sing quietly to them for a period of at least 10-15 minutes, 3 or 4 times day. After about a week, rest your hand on the outside of the cage when you talk to them so they will learn that your hand is safe and will not hurt them.
After a week of resting your hand on the outside of the cage, rest your hand inside the cage when you talk.
Donít make sudden moves, donít try to touch them.
Let their get used to the idea that the hand is now in their safe place and not harming them.
After 2 weeks, begin moving your hand slowly toward your bird. If they become agitated, stop moving your hand and just hold very still until they calm down. When they are comfortable with your hand near them, you can offer them a bit of millet or a few seeds.
Always work at your birdsí pace.
Move slowly and talk reassuringly and calmly to their whenever you interact with them.
Please take the time to read through the Site Guidelines, all of the How To Guides, the FAQs, the Budgie Articles and the stickies located at the top of each section of the forum.
Truly, the very BEST advice anyone can offer you is to take the time to read ALL of the stickies throughout the various Talk Budgie forums as well as the Budgie Articles we have posted.
These are great resources for Talk Budgie members and have a wealth of reliable information which will assist you to learn the best practices in caring for your budgies for their optimal health and well-being.
Not knowing their ages, (very young budgies are generally much easier to tame) if these two have been together when you bought them, it will be harder to tame them, since birds prefer birds. If they can be separated in separate rooms while they are settling in (about two weeks) it would make things much easier. As Debora said the age and responsibility of your children have a lot to do with your success. Make sure that your kids are very careful about not making quick moves around them and just getting them used to humans sitting close to them without trying to move your hands. The kids might enjoy just sitting close by and reading a book aloud, which is calming for new birds. Please take you time and you may be surprised at how things gradually change. Budgies are all individuals and their development with your family is kind of like a present that you're not sure what's inside!
You've been given great advice and have been asked some great questions. Congratulations on your new budgies! It's important to stress to your children that they must go slowly and at the budgies' pace to ensure they learn to trust them on their own, without being stressed or scared.
Meanwhile, be sure to read through the links provided above as they are filled with the very best practices for caring for budgies. If you have any questions after reading through the forums' many articles and stickies, be sure to ask!
We look forward to seeing more of your budgies soon!
and Princess Mallorn!
Thank you to Deb for her wonderful Faery magic
My son is 13 and my daughter is 11, I had hoped to keep the birds in their own cages but in the same room since my kids go to a home based charter school and study in the same room. The birds are 3 or 4 months old and were housed with many other birds in the store. I guess I could keep my daughter and her budgie in the kitchen during the day till the birds are tamed. It has only been one week,so we will back off the interaction for another week or so. After they are both tamed, can they live in a bigger cage together? Should we skip the weekly cage cleaning for the 2 weeks and just do the daily care?
Thank you all for the great advice and the resources!
Kitchens are not a good place for birds in that their respiratory system is rather different from most other animals. Cooking fumes, cookware with non-stick surfaces, and even the source electric vs gas ovens & stove tops can be dangerous. Because budgies are all individuals and taming is sometimes more dependent on the bird than the bird's environment. If you only have one room which is bird-safe, you could try separate cages close together, which should stop them from calling back and forth. That said, being even just close together may slow the taming process but they should still be able to be tamed, again by going slowly and using the steps (from the stickies) suggested on this site. For kids, (and parents) this provides good lessons on developing patience. A favorite treat for budgies is spray millet, which may be an aid after another week or so, for connecting with the budgie psyche.