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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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New update!

Hedwig actually ate some millet that I was holding! Pig is still really weary of me so o try to focus on Hedwig. It's just difficult because when Pig gets upset, so does Hedwig.

Anyways, just wanted to share the good news!

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Thank you. She seems willing to work more. She was eating some millet I left for her last night so I got more out and would slowly pull it closer to see if she'd come. She did and then nibbled my finger. She stretched her head over my finger as moved the millet deeper into my hand. As soon as her chest hit my finger she backed off and we'd do it again. It seemed to be upsetting Pig, so I backed off. I'm really excited for the progress with her!
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Well during our noon session today, I was trying to coax Hedwig on my finger with some millet. I would let her have some and slowly pull it away. Pig got really interested and came up to the other side of my hand so I moved some for her to get. I allow them to eat it first to show that my hand gives them treats. Hedwig jumped down but Pig was still wanting some so I kept working with her. I ended up getting her on my finger several times! I'm shocked! I thought Hedwig would be the first, but nope, it was the leery Pigwidgeon.

Also, while working with Hedwig, she'd bite my finger as if to say to move it. I didn't move it and just let her and reset the exercise when she was done. Was that the right thing to do?
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Yes, you're doing great!
Good for little Pig for deciding to be first in stepping up.
Your instinct in how to handle Hedwig's biting was spot-on.
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Good. I was not expecting the progress today, but I'm so excited for it. I tried to get a picture of Pig on my finger but she didn't stay long enough. I'll get on asap.
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So now Pig goes to my finger nearly every time! Hedwig did get up on it but has only a couple of times. I'm so happy for the progress!



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That's great that they both are learning to trust you; slowly but surely
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Look who came out for a picture today!



Pig will step up easily but isn't ready to get out of the cage. Tomorrow starts real bonding with Hedwig. I can't wait!
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New question.

How do I get the birds used to being out of their cage? Hedwig will come out if I have millet and Pig wants nothing to do with it. They'll both step up no problem now so I know it's time to work on that.
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