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Budgie Behavior Wondering about why your budgie behaves in certain ways? Talk about it here!

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Old 03-04-2017, 10:28 AM
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Hi Everyone,

Things seem to be progressing very good with our little moonbeam. She is getting more and more vocal, especially towards my daughter. She even seems to tweet until my daughter comes to her cage. I think this is good.

So she did this thing while my daughter was reading to her that I am curious about. She was chirping and then starting flapping her wings, see the video, what does this mean?

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Moonbeam is just exercising her wings. It's perfectly normal. Like a person who's been sitting down too long who needs to stretch their legs and walk around for a while.
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The hopping on and off is normal. Usually because she doesn't fully trust you yet. But just keep doing it, and offer her rewards (millet like you have been). And every few days you can try to progress the process. And eventually she should feel comfortable enough to stay on your finger, eat out of your hand, and even let you take her out of the cage peacefully. But time is everything. Don't get impatient.
I don't know why but I've noticed that Budgies tend to take longer to warm up to some things if they are along versus if they have a buddy. I am not a professional though!
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Old 03-06-2017, 10:33 AM
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Hi Everyone,

Thank you so much for helping us along with our new family addition. I thought I would take a minute and give an update.

On the weekend we purchased some wood dowels (3/8" and 5/8") to replace the plastic perches in her cage. We also purchased different toys, a natural wood perch and a wood play structure for her when she is out of her cage.

Late in the week last week we started to work with an extra perch to use to train on step-ups. Moonbeam took to that immediately and unlike finger training was more then happy to step up onto a perch. We worked on this steadily until we were all confident.

Then Saturday morning we slowly would take her out and put her back in her cage. Well the little sweatheart took the opportunity and bolted We let her mill around the room at first and then gently got down and put her perch in front of her. She hoped on and we moved her to her play perch. We moved to an area of the room where she could not see her cage and let her sit and we talked gently to her. We did this for probably a couple of hours and she just sat nicely and we talked to her from a short distance as not to scare her. We also used the perch and had no issue getting her back into her cage.

On Sunday we did largely the same, but moved a little closer. She was very calm. We did take note that she was pretty stiff and so we didn't push to hard. Later in the day she had loosened up and was even chirping back to us. I gently moved my finger to her and said "step-up" and she did. I slowly moved up to my other hand and did many steps from finger to finger. She was ok with that.

Sunday night I got a little overconfident and moved her to my shoulder. She hoped off and it was super cute. Then the silly darling would move away when I tried to get my finger in front to move her off. I ended up alone in my living room with moonbeam perfectly centered on the back of my neck out of reach. We sat like that until my wife came along (I was reluctant to call out loud for anyone as not to startle moonbeam). She then used her perch and moved her off. It was both funny and cute.

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We also found that she chrips loudly until my daughter comes to her cage. Then after my daughter leaves she chirps again until she comes back. Super sweet.

She is very playful this morning and is playing with her toys, chirping at the birds outside and seems very happy.

Some other positive things:
She is happily eating from our hands and will step onto a hand to get at the food without any issue.
She is totally happy and calm with hands in her cage.
She is really coming out of her shell and acting like a birdie.

We are still taking finger training slow. If you are confident, calm and slow she will step onto a finger. But she doesn't really "like" it and still moves away at first when your finger is close. So we are working on reassuring her that our hands are not something to fear with feeding treats etc.

My daughter was a little discouraged that she can't handle birdie yet but I explained that it must be terrifying for her. Our hands are the same size as her and we can grab things with them. She happily understood and maintained a positive attitude for birdie.

We love our little Moonbeam already and have welcomed her into the family. Can't wait until she allows us into her flock.
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This is great! I am so happy for your progress!
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I'm so glad Moonbeam is progressing so well! That's great to hear

Your daughter sounds like a sweetheart

You may want to think about replacing all the dowel perches eventually, and switching them with natural wood perches of different textures (grapevines, java wood, and manzanita are all good choices!). That way, the uniform diameter of the dowels doesn't tire out their grip as much

I look forward to hearing more about Moonbeam!
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This is great progress which means she's starting to view you
as a safe companion...maybe more so your daughter. Budgies
are birds that have their own personalities and many don't like to be handled or petted but enjoy being around us on their own terms.
As time goes on and she voluntary chooses to come to you, that's when you've turned the corner to being a friend to a different species in both your eyes and Moonbeam's. Enjoy the progress.
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Hi Again,

Just as a little update.

Moonbeam is really starting to molt like crazy.

She is getting more and more vocal each day and getting more active in the morning. She even started to play with her toys a little bit. We are taking her out of her cage daily and letting her perch on her wooden play structure or mill around as she sees fit.

She is getting very comfortable with people being close to her. She is still not finger trained, but we are taking this slow. She is however 100% trained to use a perch that is about 12" long. We can hold the perch and she hops right on.

She seems to be her most active between 8:00 am and 12:00 pm after that she just chills out on her rope perch. Is that normal?
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Yes, that is normal. Mine are super active between 9:00-12:00 or so. They are pretty quiet in the afternoon...napping and just sitting still. Then they get very active again for a couple hours in the evening.
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Yes, that is normal. Mine are super active between 9:00-12:00 or so. They are pretty quiet in the afternoon...napping and just sitting still. Then they get very active again for a couple hours in the evening.
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