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Taming and Bonding Taming and Bonding is all about helping your budgie learn to TRUST you. This requires time and patience and does not happen overnight.

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Old 03-12-2017, 08:53 PM
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Hello!

I have been working at taming my budgies for a couple months, and I am very disappointed to say that there has been no change or progress at all. I am not sure what I am doing wrong. I am doing all of the suggestions from my local pet store. Plus a couple friends of mine gave me some tips. Maybe It's just harder because there is 4 of them and not just 1?

Anyway here are the things I am doing:
I walk up to their cage and I talk to them calmly. They are alert at every move I make so I talk calmly so they calm down and aren't so startled or unsure of what's going on. Then I slowly open the cage door. (When I say slow, I mean as slow as possible.) And I move my hand with my pointer finger out (as if it were a perch) very slowly and try to get one of them to hop on. Of course they don't right away, but they still aren't willing to at all.

Am I doing anything wrong? I've watched videos on youtube, and they all show progress with taming their Budgies but I can't even get passed them not being afraid of my hand.



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Have you looked at the stickies? The taming and bonding one is extremely useful: Taming and Bonding - Talk Budgies Forums
Of course, it's harder to train 4 budgies. But you just need to be patient, as it will take some time.
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Well, if it makes you feel better, you're not making any progress because your pet store has misinformed you on how to tame budgies

The stickies linked above should help to straighten out your methods!

Basically, the talking to them calmly is a great first step, and you should do this for a long time until they aren't anxious anymore when you're near their cage. It seems you're already through this stage, so you can get to the next one:

You can open the cage door, and put your hand in, but DO NOT try and make them hop on! That only terrifies them more and tries to coerce them into something they aren't ready for yet.

Put your hand as far away as possible from them and talk to them reassuringly. Do this a few times a day for as long as it takes to realise your hand isn't a threat. They will be active and ignore your hand, or will be curious about it. Both are good!

Once they're comfortable with it in that place, move it to a new place, slightly closer than they are. Same steps repeated here.

Eventually, once you can put your hand near enough to them, you can offer them millet or seeds from your hand and see if they'll eat it. Once they're comfortable with that, you can offer them millet held in your hand while you extend your pointer finger, and then see if they will hop on. Don't force them, though--hold it out just enough so they have to stretch for the millet, and eventually they'll realise that it's a great place to stand!

This is just the beginning of building trust Yes, it is harder to tame four budgies at once, but once one of them is willing to step up for seed or millet, the others will follow suit.

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Thank you! Will read up and excited to start the new and correct taming methods.
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Excellent advice from Starling , id like to tell somethings too ..

dont be dissapointed or presure them if it takes 1 or more weeks to move from one step to the next one ..

I wouldnt recommend not to have your finger pointing to them , or like a perch , have your fingers stuck together just like you have your hand when you offer something ..

Dont skip steps ( you might even need to go back steps ) .. every little sudden movement that will scary them might also send you back ..

It would be helpfull if you put a routine on this when you do it .. for example everyday at 11 for 30 minutes and at 16 for another 30 minutes ..
Finally each time before str8 moving your hand into their cage spent some on looking close enough to them and just talking to them , telling the same things over and over will help ..

That worked for me to tame a totally untamed pair of budgies and took me about 1 month ..

Have patience , best wishes ..

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The best advice anyone can offer you is to take the time to read ALL of the stickies throughout the various Talk Budgie forums as well as the Budgie Articles we have posted.

These are great resources for Talk Budgie members and have a wealth of reliable information which will assist you to learn the best practices in caring for your budgies for their optimal health and well-being.

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