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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 03-31-2017, 10:59 AM
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Oh... me again. It's been 1 week since we brought our english budgie home. Girl, about 3-4 month old . I started slowly introducing my hand into the cage. She was fine with it as long as i move slowly. Fed her from the hand inside the cage each morning. She wouldn't jump by herself but if i kind of press my finger she would perch on a hand . Yesterday i took her out of the cage , she flew a bit , landed safely and i offered her to sit on my shoulder. She was accepting it without any excitement, just was quite. Today same thing. She will not jump on my finger, resisting a lot , even if she is about to fall if i push against her tummy. Gigi is always quite. She doesn't chirp, doesn't play in a cage , just kind of sits there, eats ok, preening featgers.
I'm so worried. Did i move to quick? What did i do wrong?

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Old 03-31-2017, 11:19 AM
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I'm new to this as well, but I would suggest taking a step back. Go back to feeding treats through the bars and getting her completely comfortable with your hand. Then when you try to ask her to step up, encourage her! Hold a treat where the only way she can get it is by stepping up onto your hand. Don't push into her- this may make her not as willing to step up the next time. As for the quietness, that may be her personality and it may be nerves, just wait and see. It's only been a week!
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You probably moved faster than she was really comfortable with. Sit back and enjoy her! Spend more time chit chatting with her and just observing her! If she resists something, don't push it. There's no hurry here.
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Take your time. It will make taming a more enjoyable experience for both you and your budgie. Read the taming and bonding articles: Taming and Bonding - Talk Budgies Forums
They helped me a lot.
Good luck and best wishes!
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Generally, it is recommended you wait a minimum of two weeks prior to moving to the stage where you attempt to teach your budgie to step up.

When a budgie first moves into a new environment, it needs time to acclimate and settle into the new surroundings.

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.
Sometimes you will end up going one step forward and two steps back -- this is normal and should not be a cause for you to feel desperate.

To bond with your budgie, you need to build her trust in you.
She will have to learn over time that you will not hurt her, grab her and try to force her to allow you to hold her.

To build your budgie’s trust, sit by her cage and read, talk or sing quietly to her 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 her so he'll learn that your hand is safe and will not hurt her.

After a week, rest your hand inside the cage when you talk.
Don’t make sudden moves, don’t try to touch her.
Let her get used to the idea that the hand is now in her safe place and not harming her.

After 2 weeks, begin moving your hand slowly toward your budgie. If she becomes agitated, stop moving your hand and just hold very still until she calms down. When she's comfortable with your hand near her, you can offer her 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 to her whenever you interact with her.

It is important to enjoy the journey of helping her learn to trust rather than trying to rush to accomplish a particular goal.

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3 weeks past since we got our baby girl and not much changed. She is still super quite. She almost like too shy to chirp. I heard her a few times chirping ( very softly) but it lasted a few min and then silence again. Ehen she wants to go flying she will clearly asking be flapping wings and screeching loudly . I encourage that and let her out by offering to jump on my finger first. Works well. But other then that , she is very calm and can sit on her play stand and not to move at all , just watch . Even if she trying to play with toys in a cage , she does it silently . I had american parakeets before and never had situations like that . Is it because she is English budgie? Female? Super laid back of her type? Or all together?
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Some budgies are simply very quiet.

My English girls are both extremely quiet most of the time but will occasionally decide to vocalize - especially if they particularly like a song that comes on the Music Channel.

Have you been playing music for her?
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Yes, tried the music . She seems to like Katy Perry would chirp a bit. Overall very passive .
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I wouldn't be concerned about it in the least.
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I wouldn't be concerned about it in the least.
Thank you
In case if that is her personality and she won't be that playful adventurous budgie I was hoping for , should I get her a friend? In that case which type would you advise on : american or english ? I would get a boy ( aware of them would try to mate and read prevention section) . Would a playful american parakeet "wake" her up a bit ?
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