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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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That's a phrase that has me confused, "at her pace." How do I know what her pace is? They'll both eat millet out of my hand. Pig won't let me move her but will stay there. They don't seem to mind how long I'm there with my hand in their cage. Hedwig will let me move her around but gets stressed when I take her out. How do I know when she's ready?

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If Hedwig is getting stressed when you take her out of her cage, then try letting her come out on her own.

Set up a playgym outside the cage and leave the door to the cage open when you are there to supervise her.

Remember there are no set "rules" and answers to your questions when it comes to taming and bonding practices.

A lot of taming and bonding is using your own intuition and trying different things to see what works with your budgies.
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Update on the girls.

We've seem to hit a plateau with training and bonding. We are almost strictly at stepping up for millet inside the cage. I'm waiting to work on out of cage bonding until they are excited to have me in their cage. We are getting close to that with Hedwig. Pig is further off but coming along. They seem to trust that I am safe. They don't run from me more than not wanting to be touched. So we'll park here for a little bit.

I do test Hedwig out of the cage some. Just to see if she's ready. If she's on her cage, she's relaxed, but won't go back in. If she's on my shoulder and I'm walking around, she'll preen me. She still opens and closes her mouth so I'm wondering if maybe she's ok with me but unsure of her surroundings? If that's the case, I don't know what'll calm her down other than just repetition. Again, she seems to trust me but just doesnt want to be out.

Question: When they molt and can fly, will that make them more confident out of the cage? That seems to be the big issue, that they are scared of hitting the ground.

Lastly, a celebration moment. I decided to see if Hedwig would jump to my finger. I have millet in my fingers and get her to step up and praise. Then I'll put her down and move my finger a little further and repeat praise and reward. We got about a 6 inch jump and it was awesome! I figure this will help in recall training when she's able to fly and out of the cage. If not, it's a fun little game we play!

That's all for now!
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It sounds as though you are making good progress.

Is Hedwig opening and closing her beak when you are talking to her?
I ask because sometimes budgies do that as they "silently practice" mimicking speech.

I doubt she's doing it because she's uncomfortable unless it appears that she's actually adjusting her crop - not just opening and closing her beak.

I have one budgie that open and closes his beak all the time.
Scooter usually looks like he's chewing gum.
Apparently (according to the Avian Vet) it's nothing to be concerned about as he is perfectly healthy.
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Chewing gum is a great description of what it looks like! However, she doesn't really do it while she's in the cage, only when she's out. I have learned that when she wants something, she'll bite a little harder. I try to discourage that but as it doesn't hurt and is very close to a preen, I don't do too much.

Also, I meant to mention that we have tried some fruits and veggies. Hedwig seems to be willing for new things, Pig not so much. They both LOVE brussel sprouts and carrots. Hedwig will also eat lettuce. We've also tried raisins and bananas. Both were rejected.
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So I took a couple of videos. The first is Hedwig taking a bath. I tried to catch more but she ended it quickly. She does seem to enjoy them! The second was to show her "gum chewing." This is how she acts out of the cage and I wanted to make sure she's ok.

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https://youtu.be/0iXrDGMwXKo
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Hedwig certainly does seem to be enjoying her bath.

That "gum-chewing" motion is exactly what Scooter does.
Another member on our forum also has a budgie that does the same thing.

My Avian Vet indicated Scooter is perfectly healthy and his beak movements are nothing to be concerned about.
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Thank You! She was done with the bath once she lost her balance. It was cute how she took off up my arm
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Thank You! She was done with the bath once she lost her balance. It was cute how she took off up my arm
Hedwig is adorable and obviously getting used to you!
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She still bites a lot. I'm not sure how to fix that.
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