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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 03-13-2017, 12:10 AM
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Hello everyone!
One of my two budgies, Luna, passed away 3 or so weeks ago, leaving her mate Jojo all alone.
I went out about a week ago and purchased a new budgie to give Jojo company, however I'm wanting this budgie (named Noodle) to be my friend as well as Jojo's, so I am keeping them in seperate cages till Noodle is slightly tamer.

Now, Noodle will happily let me rest my hand in her cage for as long as I please, and will even sleep with it in there. But as soon as i move up to touch her, she moves away, only letting me rub her chest when she is half asleep. I want to know whether I'm moving too fast and expecting too much of her?

Any help on what I should do is greatly appreciated, thanks,
-Lena


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Old 03-13-2017, 04:10 AM
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Hi, Lena! Welcome to TB!
It is good that Noodle is in the separate cage from Jojo. They need to be in separate cages, in separate rooms as far as possible for a period of 30-45 days because Quarantine IS Necessary!
After quarantine is over you can introduce your budgies to each other Introducing Two Budgies
Please show us some photos of Jojo and Noodle when you get the chance

You can find great suggestions about taming and bonding in our forum articles and stickies, especially in Taming and bonding sections
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Many, many times our dear Faery has given advice on basic steps for bonding with our little friends
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Budgies need at least a two week period to settle into their new environment.

You can cover the top and three sides of the cage to help Lime feel more secure. Playing music for him when you aren't around will be helpful as well. Budgies perceive no noise as meaning there may be danger.

Taming and Bonding is all about helping your budgie learn to trust you and it takes a great deal of time and patience on your part.
You should never grab your budgie or force him to be touched.
To bond with your budgie, you need to build his trust in you.
He will have to learn over time that you will not hurt him, grab him and try to force him to allow you to hold him.

To build your budgieís trust, sit by his cage and read, talk or sing quietly to him for a period of at least 10-15 minutes, 3 or 4 times day. After the 2nd or 3rd day, rest your hand on the outside of the cage when you talk to him so he'll learn that your hand is safe and will not hurt him .

After a week, rest your hand inside the cage when you talk.
Donít make sudden moves, donít try to touch him .
Let his get used to the idea that the hand is now in his safe place and not harming him .

After 2 weeks, begin moving your hand slowly toward your budgie. If he becomes agitated, stop moving your hand and just hold very still until he calms down. When he's comfortable with your hand near him , you can offer him a bit of millet or a few seeds. In a few more days, you can begin your taming and bonding sessions.

Always work at your budgie's pace.
Move slowly and talk reassuringly and calmly whenever you interact with him .

Most budgies once they pass the "baby" stage, do not like to be petted or touched.
If your budgie does like to be petted, you should only ever pet his head, neck or chest area.
Stroking a budgie's back and/or tail stimulates its breeding instinct. Bonding means allowing them to choose to be with you.
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Old 03-13-2017, 07:14 AM
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Hi Lena and to Talk Budgies

JoTaMi has provided you with excellent advice.
Please ensure you are following quarantine by keeping the two budgies in separate rooms at this time.
When it comes to taming and bonding with a budgie, it truly is all about helping the budgie learn to trust you and you must always work at the budgie's pace -- don't try to rush things.

Please take the time to read through the Site Guidelines, all of the How To Guides, the FAQs, the Budgie Articles and the stickies located at the top of each section of the forum.

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Hi Lena and to the forums!

I'm sorry to hear about your loss of Luna!

You definitely couldn't have come to a better place to learn even more about the best possible budgie care practices! You've already been given great advice. Be sure to read through the links above to ensure you're up to date on everything!

If you have any questions afterwards, be sure to ask as we'd love to help!

We look forward to seeing you around the forums

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Hi Lena to TB!
I'm very sorry about your loss of Luna
We'd love to see some pics of Jojo and Noodle
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thank you all very much for your help, I did not know about quarantine but have read about it and am now keeping Noodle and Jojo far apart from each other
I realize that I am rushing things a bit, and should slow down to work at Noodle's pace, not mine.
Again, thank you all very much for you help, I'll be sure to post some pictures of Jojo and Noodle in my gallery!

-Lena
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