Hi guys! In this journal, I'm going to start recording my bonding and taming process with Peri. I got Peri almost two months ago, and sadly it is now that I am able to start taming her. Anyways, I would absolutely LOVE advise and tips! Also, if you guys read anything that I'm doing wrong, could be done better, or is even endangering the life of my budgie, pleaseeee let me know!!! Thank you!
When I first got Peri, I started to give her millet, and she would go crazy for millet! I was so glad she ended up loving it, because my previous budgie never really cared for it. Anyways, not last Saturday, but the Saturday last last week, I decided to start training her, and so I removed the millet for a whole entire week. I still fed her her seeds, her fruit, kale, but millet was nada. And I'm pretty sure she went bezerk in her head. Today, Monday, was first day of training. I budgie proofed the bathroom and closed the doors, and the good thing is that there is a door separating the toilet and the shower from the sinks, so I had a pretty enclosed area. I set the cage on the floor and opened the cage. I have a cage with a little door that doesn't stay open, so I used a soft bendy metal(the ones used in projects) to kind of tie the cage door open. So with a long piece of millet, I stuck my hand inside. She was calm because the piece was pretty long so my hand wasn't so close to her but it was in the cage. I sat there for 20 minutes, my hand still in the cage, singing Arctic Monkeys songs because those were the only songs I could think of at the moment. I realized that she would intensely eye the millet, but she wouldn't budge So I came up with a plan, that I would take my hand and the millet out of the cage every few minutes, just to make her feel like "ah darn, I missed my chance, I'll get it next time...". And slowly, I started to see her inch her way towards my hand. After I got tired of singing Arctic Monkeys, I started singing songs from the movie "Tangled" which are softer and with a higher pitch. That singing and waiting totally paid off because she started to eat the millet YAY! I would love the millet around so it would be more comfortable to reach the places where she hasn't nibbled and I really was so happy. So after she ate some millet and was satisfied, she started to get sleepy, so I ended the training. This was around 3 in the afternoon. I will continue this process for a few days or most likely even more days until she doesn't hesitate to come to my hand. I cannot wait for session 2 tomorrow! patience and being positive is the key I learned from so many budgie lovers on this site! Thank you! And I will keep you guys posted!
Day two started off so well! I did the same set up as yesterday- budgie-proof the bathroom, play music, and stick my hand in the cage with millet- but today showed better results. This time it only took me 4 minutes to make her budge! 4 minutes!!! She really wanted that millet. So I would take my hand out, leaving her hanging like "yo I wasn't done" so she would inch closer. And so every time I stuck my hand in with millet she wouldn't hesitate as much. I was extremely happy with today's results. I cannot wait for session 3! I was even able to take a picture and videos with my phone, which is also good progress to me because she's scared of my phone.
Hey guys! Sorry I've been a bit inactive here on TB, but certainly have not been inactive with Peri's training! I've been doing the same thing these past several days, with feeding her millet and cutting the millet smaller so she can eat closer to my hand. These past days though I've been putting Native Maerican flute music and talking with her because I've kind of tired of singing, and I notice that she gets calmer like this. Also she's gotten use to my hand and my phone so when I do school on my laptop, I try to always place my hand on the outiside of the cage so she can get use to my attention. It's been going great and I'm trying not to rush anything, I really like the pace we are going at. One thing I do notice and is now that I want to say it, but Peri doesn't like any of the toys I put in the cage, i try to vary to see what she likes but she only pecks at them and doesn't pay much attention to them~ and they're chewable!! Anyone has anything to say about this? Or any toy suggestions they can give me because I'll a little worried about Peri's beak. It looks kinda long to me. And she doesn't even like the cuttlebone either. Would like some tips please! I've snapped a picture of Peri so you can see if her beak is too long or not! Thanks guys!!!
Periwinkle, my lovely Periwinkle
Hi guys! This is a continuation of my last post that was closed because of my inactivity haha sorry ? Anyways, mid-January, I sadly stopped Peri's taming sessions because of college, but I made sure to include bonding time with Peri! I've been re-boding with her since I got her a new cage(which was mid-march) and the progress is beyond what I imagined! Taking it one step at a time of course!!! Peri now isn't so scared of hand and she hops to a closer perch when she sees me coming ? I also hand feed her and whenever my hands enters the cage, she comes closer because now hand=treat! A few days ago, I decided to leave the cage open and she went out for the first time, now I open the cage every day and afternoon~ so happy with the progress. I'm still getting her to eat her veggies ?. If they're in the water, she does nibble on them from time to time and she loves apples, but I'm trying not to give her too much! I'm using apples as a great now! Yes finally! Okay, I will be updating this post regularly and if I do become yet again inactive, then I wouldn't be surprised if it closes ?? again, sorry!