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Old 11-06-2019, 11:04 AM
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Default The Saga of Goldenwing and Peridot

I have decided to start my bonding/taming/training journal for Peridot and me. We have been together not even four full days yet, but it feels longer. I want to stick my finger in the cage and give Per scritches and open the door and have him come out and sit with me. But of course I don't. Right now I am just talking with him and spending time near him and keeping him warm from the drafts.

I had forgotten just how far I had come with Lemon Drop in getting her to like being with me. Peridot is still very skittish if I move my hand near the cage or make sudden movements. On the plus side, he has started moving around his cage, trying out different perches, and eating when I am watching. I have yet to see him drink, but that is not surprising. He grinds his beak sometimes when I am by the cage and talking with him. I have also found him closing his eyes and dozing instead of staying alert all the time I am around.

I have always wanted to make use of the cage stand being on wheels but never got around to it. Just now I rolled the cage over closer to where I am sitting working. Per looked around with interest and ground his beak happily. Now he is dozing on a natural branch perch, the first time I have seen him sit there.

Time to get to work. I work from home about 1/3 of the time. I will be gone most of the next two days, so I want to spend as much time as I can being with Peridot before then.

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Old 11-09-2019, 11:20 AM
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I think that in time, you and Peridot will have a close relationship. You’re doing things right . I’m looking forward to hearing all about it once things come along. Hopefully he is one who is inclined to bond closely with a human.
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Old 11-15-2019, 04:54 PM
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Default Many firsts!

I chose Peridot because he seemed interested in the world and me, looking right at me from the breeder's cage. Lemon Drop behaved similarly and turned out to be a wonderful companion. I think I chose well, as Per is showing signs of enjoying being with me.

I have been working on bonding with Peridot, getting him more comfortable with me and my hands being near him and talking to him a lot. Today I tried for the first time to have him eat seeds from my hand. After holding my hand there without moving it for at least 15 minutes, he decided it was safe to try it.

Per has been much more active today, so I decided to let him out for some supervised free flight time. He loved it! He likes to fly up and down a lot, and so tried to go up the stairs right away. He has been flying in his cage, so his wing strength and coordination was fairly good, with only a little bumping into things. I walked around with Per while he explored. He climbed on my phone and me and even let me pick him up on my finger. When he had explored for awhile and was climbing on his cage, I used a piece of millet to lure him on my finger and put him back in his cage on a perch.

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Eating from my hand for the first time


Exploring the house



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Perched on my finger for the first time



Time to return to the cage
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Wow, what wonderful progress you're making with Peridot! He's so adorable and seems to be setting in well
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He is sure a handsome bird. It's cool you took the time and patients to get him to eat from your hand. Thanks for sharing,
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Wow Goldenwing, what amazing progress youíre making with little Peridot. Itís lovely to see and it must really make you feel wonderful. You obviously have a real knack with helping him to feel comfortable as it hasnít taken long at all for him to start trusting you and interacting with you. I hope my little Cliffy gets to that point at some stage. Maybe we should come to Aunty GWís taming school. The photos are absolutely adorable and I hope youíll share more soon.


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Peridot is so cute and you've made great progress!
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Peridot is precious and seems to be very trusting of you after such a short time period.
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Default Ups and Downs in Bonding and Training

I have had Peridot for six weeks now. At times I get frustrated because I want him to do things and don't seem to be making progress. I have to remind myself to go slowly and that we haven't been together very long.

I am still trying to figure out his character. He seems to be a bit of a perch potato. It is a little hard to tell, however, because it got quite cold here not long after he came. I don't blame him for not wanting to be as active when it is cold and drafty. His cage is in a more protected corner and he has a space heater to keep him cozy. He doesn't crawl around his cage much, mostly sitting on a couple different perches for long periods of time. He doesn't even crawl between perches, but flies everywhere he wants to go.

Per is very tolerant of petting. He will let me pet his head and snuggle with him by my face and doesn't mind. If he is not in the mood, he will make it clear by moving away. He even let me stroke his belly. At Thanksgiving, with the enticement of millet, he sat on my nephew's hand and ate and let himself be petted.

While I long for Per to want to come and sit with me, I can get him to join me for a little while by using millet. Once it is gone, he sometimes sits for awhile longer before going back to his cage. He does know I am the Source of Food. When I get home after his meal time, he will let me know that he is hungry as soon as he hears me walk in the door. I have even seen him use his head to point to his food dish to let me know he needed more seeds. For some reason, one of his favorite perches is the edge of his food dish, even when he is not eating. Food is obviously important to him.

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Peridot the Budgie rides Gem the Dragon


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Snuggling with Mama


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I'm helping Mama with her work
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Peridot is doing GREAT for having only been with you for 6 weeks time.
You should be very pleased and proud of him.
How cool that he's willing to sit on your hand help by supervising your work.
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