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Hi everyone! I posted earlier this year about 2 budgies that we adopted from someone in our neighborhood. They have never been tamed and with a lot of patience I am finally able to get the male "Jamie" to eat from my hand. He won't do it everytime I try but I have success at least once a day. He stays on the perch and very gingerly pecks the seed or millet from my hand. I am very excited about this! Unfortunately Claire won't have anything to do with it but at least she isn't acting afraid of me anymore. Do you think he'll eventually trust me enough to actually climb on my finger? Watching them get used to me and trusting a little more each day is really amazing. It makes me sad to think of how boring their lives used to be before they had toys and mirrors and more than one perch in their cage. Thanks!

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Hi Elaine,

it's wonderful that you have made such great progress.
If you continue to allow Jamie and Claire to progress at their own speed, they may just surprise you one day.
It's not uncommon that a more timid bird might also become a little braver when their friend is getting a treat.
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Elaine,

It takes time and patience to earn a budgie's trust.
You are doing well and I do believe Claire will eventually learn to trust you over time.

As Therm indicated, be sure you proceed slowly at their pace and enjoy the journey with your little friends!
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If the male bird gets on your hand once a day, with time you will have much more success with him. Do not rush him, let him be relaxed around you where he will cooperate with you more. As for the female bird, just mainly work with the male. If she sees how safe itis for her mate, that will help her trust you more.
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Thanks guys! This morning I tried and he wasn't having it. When he doesn't want me around he will very lightly peck me. I take this as his way of telling me to go away. lol. Claire is definitely getting used to me. She will jump on the food dish and eat while my hand is in there. It's really amazing to me to see how different their personalities are. Jamie is the silly one and Claire is definitely bossy and more serious of the two. These two have really brightened up my life. Oh and by the way, they aren't afraid of my dogs either. Initially they were a little startled when my black lab would come into the room, now Claire just continues eating as if nothing is going on. I love it!

Thanks again for the advice.
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Please be VERY careful not to allow your budgies' cage to be open when your dogs are in the same room.

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Sounds like you and the little ones are on track to be quite the flock
As the others have said, patience is the name of the game, work at the birds pace
Hope to hear more about your progress in the time to come.
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Thanks for the advice but not to worry on that. The cage door doesn't stay open on its own - it has a little spring device that won't allow it. I would also like to add that I am very careful when I am doing anything inside the cage and make sure the door to the room is closed and dogs are not present. FYI - I have 3 dogs. One of them is a 15 year old dachshund (his birthday is today!). He is blind and deaf and really doesn't know what's going on :-( My black lab is 5 and likes to sit with me on the bed and watch the budgies. My youngest dog is a little one as well and terrified of anything and everything and won't even go into the room. Needless to say, when I'm not home the door to the room is closed and the dogs do not have access. We are one big happy family!
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Thanks for the advice but not to worry on that. The cage door doesn't stay open on its own - it has a little spring device that won't allow it. I would also like to add that I am very careful when I am doing anything inside the cage and make sure the door to the room is closed and dogs are not present. FYI - I have 3 dogs. One of them is a 15 year old dachshund (his birthday is today!). He is blind and deaf and really doesn't know what's going on :-( My black lab is 5 and likes to sit with me on the bed and watch the budgies. My youngest dog is a little one as well and terrified of anything and everything and won't even go into the room. Needless to say, when I'm not home the door to the room is closed and the dogs do not have access. We are one big happy family!
That's excellent -- thank you for the clarification.
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