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Old 06-03-2019, 06:17 PM
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I got my two lovely 9 month old budgies Aspen and Aster on the 1st June. I've only had them for a few days, but they are already such amazing additions to my family. Here is a picture of them for those of you who haven't seen them on the new arrivals forum already.



I am determined to do everything right for them, especially with regards to taming and training. After a lot of reading (through the posts on this forum and many other websites), I have devised an amateur taming/training schedule which I hope to follow. I'm outlining it below mainly for my own use/memory! But if you have any tips/changes you think I should make to it, please let me know. I am only a beginner.


First week: Sit by cage reading, humming, whistling. Leave radio/TV on quietly when at work.

Second week: Put hand on outside of cage while talking to them.

Third week: Put hand inside cage while talking to them. Slow movements, remove hand if they seem stressed. Do this until they seem comfortable (1-2 weeks).

Fourth? week: Move hand towards birds. When comfortable with hand near them, offer millet or a few seeds. Unsure of how many weeks this could take.

Fifth? week & onwards: Start clicker training when comfortable with my hand (see stickied post about it in forum), with goal to teach 'step up' and 'come'.


I am currently a few days into week one and things seem to be going okay. I have spent at least 3 or 4 hours each day sitting close to the cage, either whilst reading a book, watching a video on my phone, or just watching the birds and talking to them. Myself and my partner come in and out of the room throughout most of the day, but there are also a few hours a day of complete quiet for them. My computer desk is located directly in front of them (on the opposite side of the room), so they also get to see the back of my head for most of the evening and they hear a lot of the podcasts/videos that I watch. They are still quite cautious of me when I approach the cage, but are definitely getting more confident. They will now clean themselves and eat in front of me, and chirp at each other. I often whistle, hum or sing softly to them. They both tend to close their eyes when I do this, I'm not sure if it is out of pure fear/distaste or if it means they are relaxed! They are starting to chirp a lot more often and play with their toys, and are always eating their seed and preening. They don't seem to have any interest in the fresh vegetables that I give them. They love their bark perches, so many more are on the way - they scrape their beaks and heads against it and pick at it. They're a bit unsure of their bath, but I have seen them drinking out of it and dipping their heads in it. I am hoping that by Saturday, I will be able to start putting my hand on the cage and try to get them used to that.

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Emily (is that your actual name?)

I love the picture of your two sweet birdies.

Good for you for starting a training journal! It sounds like you have done your homework and are taking things slowly. You have already made some good progress. Them closing their eyes is a good sign that they are more relaxed.

I think you already have a sense of this, but be aware that taming and bonding with budgies can take months and every budgie is different. This is true with getting them to eat a healthy diet. It takes patience, persistence, and lot of patience. It is ok if it takes several months before they are comfortable eating out of your hand. You will likely need to put off clicker training longer than 4-6 weeks, but I am no expert and it also depends on your birdies.

Best of luck to you, Aspen and Aster!
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Thank you for the advice. I'm not sure how long things will take with them so the scheduled weeks are just temporary stages for now! If you or anyone has any tips on getting them to eat their greens, I'm all ears! I'm not sure if there is a forum about that on here. They won't go near fruit either, even when sprinkled with seed or millet.

As for day 4 progress: I tried feeding them some millet through the cage bars today just to see their reaction, and they were not at ease at all, so I am definitely not going to try that again until the future. I did, however, need to hoover (vacuum) their room today which I was worried about. But they seemed absolutely fine with the noise - they carried on chirping and preening while I hoovered and jumped down for food straight after. Their swing perch has become their designated bed - every evening when it starts to get dark they both hop onto their swing and start to close their eyes/put their heads in their feathers. I cover three sides of their cage with a thin curtain at about 10/11pm, and they wake up between 8-10am each morning which is when I take it off, both still on their swing but starting to chirp a little. They are very sweet!
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Some progress with feeding today! I went out this evening for a walk and picked some dandelion leaves on the way. I washed them thoroughly and chopped them into little bits, and then placed them in the birds' bowl along with some chopped cucumber and a tiny bit of seed sprinkled on top. I checked on them just now and they are finally eating their veg! They both seem to love cucumber (they kept stealing pieces from each other even though there was an entire bowl full next to them), and they like to chew on the stems of the dandelion leaves. They don't seem so fond of the leaves themselves (they pick them up and throw them around the cage mostly), but almost all of the cucumber has been eaten and the leaf stems are thoroughly chewed through. I'm not sure what changed their minds about veg, but I am super happy that they are now eating greens as well as their seed.

Not much progress behaviour/taming-wise, but it's still very early days. Both girls are definitely becoming a lot more vocal (Aster likes to shriek sometimes for no apparent reason), and I can hear them chirping away on and off all day. Aspen still puffs all of her feathers up whenever I come close to the cage (I'm guessing this is a sign of fear?), but they still seem content with me whistling or singing to them. One thing I have noticed is that a couple of times throughout the day they will both have these 'mad moments' for about 30 seconds to a few minutes where they practically parkour across their entire cage multiple times, jumping from perch to perch, ground to perch, bars to perch, etc, super quickly. Aster sometimes stands on a perch and literally spins in circles for a few seconds, or starts bobbing her head up and down. There doesn't seem to be any pattern as to when they do this - it occurs at random just once or twice during the day, mostly started by Aster and then Aspen follows suit. They have so many perches, playthings, food/water, a bath, a vitamin block, a cuttlefish, and a swing and a bunch of bells, so surely this behaviour can't be caused by boredom? It's very cute to watch but I am worried that it is a sign of discomfort. Any advice on this is much appreciated!
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