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Training and Bonding Training your budgie can be quite a feat. Let us help you get through the training and bonding process.

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Anybody out there looking to fully train a budgie, should follow the SEAT Method. This works excellent! Contact Jimm-V (Roland) I am sure he will assist you anyway possible! His system really works and it is fun for you and your budgie!...John...

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Oh, thank you very much, John, for putting a feather in my cap.

It's true. The SEAT method of training and taming works wonderfully with budgies of all ages.

1. Straight from the nestbox at 20 days onwards, young chicks should start early for super bonding forever.

2. Right after fledging in the breeding cage, it's a success as well.

3. Just weaned budgies who can fly about here and there, it works using SEAT for bonding time.

4. Adult budgies of all ages from a few months to 1-10 years old, it is a delight to see bondage easily carry out with success.

SEAT is based on budgies' curiosity, inquisitive, learning curves, and adventurous nature the birds have naturally.

SEAT is short for Stimulation, Enrichment, Adventure, Teaching.

I am always at your service (anyone). Just asked away.

Thanks again, John.


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3 things you should prepare before you begin SEAT training and taming of your budgie.

1. A neutral ground (bird-safe room). This is important because budgies are territorial birds who would defend its housing cage for any intrusion like putting your hand in the cage or changing food/water in the cage. A bird-safe room is ideal in which the birds won't claim any territorial rights. So it is a lot easier to get the budgies to like you with SEAT.

2. A budgie with full flight feathers (non-clipped). The bird should be able to get away from you at the onset as you're a predator in the bird's eyes. No advantage on either side, budgie or human. Once you get accepted by the budgie, it is the greatest satisfaction you achieved with SEAT.

3. A paintbrush. It acts as a perch in the initial stage. A perch is a lot easier to get the budgie to sit on the paintbrush than your finger. Use the paintbrush to begin SEAT.
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Remember you're a predator at the beginning. Your job is to win the budgie's heart by being accepted as a flock member. It is normal to see a 1st time budgie in training to fly about many laps then obviously he/she becomes tired. No big deal, respect the budgie's freedom in flight. Use the paintbrush to do the initial training with SEAT method. Later upgrade to the finger when the budgie is comfortable with the paintbrush.
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SEAT is all about contact. Budgies like to be amused by humans in comical ways that capture their interests. As such, you should make an eye-to-eye contact between human and budgie at close range so that the budgie sees your mouth expressions upon talking, singing or praising. While the budgie perches on the finger, you can convert your finger into an amusement centre like what humans experience in DisneyWorld. A vertical circular motion (aka ferris wheel), a pendulum motion in a vertical double 8 motion (aka arc motion), an up-and-down motion, are some examples of simulation of an amusement centre.

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1. Eye-to-eye contact between humans and budgies
2. Watch mouth expressions of humans at close range by budgies
3. Amusement centre (circular motion, pendulum motion, up-and-down motion, vertical double 8 motion) with human voice added to foster close bondage
4. Teaching the budgies what humans can do but birds can't do
5. Feet washing with a paintbrush creates a special bond the budgies would love to have a clean feet. Budgies know the benefits of washing feet. Don't underestimate the budgies' intelligence when humans wash the budgie's feet. The budgies understand the action so taken.

You could create your own ways to fascinate and excite the budgies. Not necessary to follow everything I do. The gists of SEAT are in the summary lists.

For example, you play peek-a-boo with your budgie.

Cut a paper of size 4" x 4". While the budgie is sitting on the paintbrush, you could use the said paper to say out loud 'peek-a-boo' whenever the paper reveals your face by lowering the paper. Your budgie would definitely warm up to this game with fascination.
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Thanks!!!! That is REALLY helpful!!!

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Use the paintbrush in the initial stage. Perching on the paintbrush is less intimating than perching on a finger while the adventure in motion proceeds. Move slowly for 1st time. Later move faster as the budgie gets use to the motion.

This is the lyrics of the birdie song (improvised from the famed doggy song) :

How much is that budgie on the finger, chirp, chirp.
(clockwise circular motion with budgie perching on the paintbrush)

The one with the feathery tail.
(anti-clockwise circular motion with budgie perching on the paintbrush)

How much is that budgie on the finger, chirp, chirp.
(clockwise circular motion with budgie perching on the paintbrush)

I do hope that budgie is for sale
(anti-clockwise circular motion with budgie perching on the paintbrush)

After finishing the birdy song, let the budgie sees your eyes about 6 inches away from your face, and start talking ...

Are you for sale ?
No, no, no.
(name of budgie) is a pretty bird not for sale

Your voice must be in high tone and low tone when you talk.

When the budgie is comfortable with the paintbrush with the above SEAT activities, then you switch from paintbrush to finger with a step-up command. Proceed to sing the birdy song with adventure in motion and then talking in high tone and low tone.
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Talk to your budgie with your voice interspersed with high tone and low tone.

Example :
- I love you, mommy
- Give me a kiss, mommy
- How are you, mommy
- I am fine, mommy
- My name is 'xxxxxx', mommy
- I am a beautiful bird, mommy
- Pretty bird, mommy
- I am a good girl, mommy

Note : use 'daddy' or 'mommy' depending on the owner's gender.
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Teaching where the tongue is ?

- stick out your tongue (3 times)
- Where is your tongue, (budgie's name) ?
- Your tongue is in your mouth, (budgie's name)

Point your finger to his beak to show where his tongue is, or touch your nose with the budgie's beak.

Repeat the whole cycle for 3 times
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Adventure in motion with up-and-down motion while budgie perches on your paintbrush (or finger later)

- raise your paintbrush (or finger later) above the head and says 'up'
- lower your paintbrush (or finger later) at waist level and says 'down'

Repeat for 10 times the up-and-down motion.
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