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.