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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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I figured I should start one of these journals- I'm a new budgie owner and would love to get advice just in case anything goes wrong.
Right now, I am incredibly proud of my little budgie. After only 2 days in his new place, he's started chirping, preening, and sometimes eating when I read to him and is comfortable with me being outside of his cage (not too close though- he gets nervous if I put hands in at all or act as though I'm going to). Currently, I'm not sure if he's even been to the bottom of his cage- he's been spending a lot of time on (or in!) his food bowl, goofy bird. Right now I'm just feeding him Volkman's seed- I've offered veggies and a bit of egg but as I have nowhere to put them except for the bottom I'm not sure if he's touched them. I might try putting some in an extra bowl tomorrow and hanging them near his food bowl. Will work on converting him to pellets once he's a little more comfortable in his new space.

Here's a picture of the little goofball in his food dish

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Hey there! Welcome to the Forum! I've noticed my little boogers like to sit near the top of their cage, too. I think it's because they're not ground foragers, so they prefer to stay up high. A second bowl by their main bowl should help them out Sooner or later they'll figure out what to do.
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Niko looks very comfy sitting in his food dish!

As time goes by, you can begin moving the food dishes lower in the cage.

Another thing I do is put the budgies' ration of seeds on top of the clean newspaper on the bottom grate of the cage.

This encourages the budgies' instinctive foraging behavior and gets them accustomed to using the entire cage instead of just the top portion.

All treats are given at the cage bottom level as well.
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Thank you both for the advice! I'll definitely try shifting the bowls down gradually. He certainly does like staying up really high in his cage!
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Two quick questions:
Is the fact that he's chirping when I read to him a good thing? He hardly ever seems to make noise otherwise, though I have been leaving the room because whenever I'm just hanging out he doesn't seem to want to move- he will move when I read though, and I'm a lot closer to him then. It's a little confusing.

Is this beak grinding? (He makes a small noise when he does it, a little hard to hear over the radio in the background)
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Katherine,

Chirping when you are reading to him is a very good thing. He's trying to interact with you.
Also, the fact he's moving around when you are reading means he feels comfortable.
When you are in the room, start talking out-loud either to yourself or to Niko when you aren't reading.
The more you talk to him the more comfortable he will be.

Budgies like noise and sound.
When you aren't around it's best to play music or the TV for him.

Unfortunately, I can't hear the sound Niko is making because of the radio.
However, beak grinding sounds rather like someone grinding their teeth so that should give you enough information to figure out the noise for yourself.
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Thank you for your reply! I was making sure he wasn't trying to tell me to go away or something haha. I have a radio playing for him all day and I'll try to talk a little more when I'm in here with him- I tend to be quiet.
Good to see what he was doing was beak grinding! I hadn't seen him do that before, but it makes sense, it was getting near his bedtime and he was probably getting sleepy.
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Is it okay to leave a budgie's cage uncovered at night? It's not a very active room (my bedroom) and Niko starts getting nervous (looking for a place to fly to, pacing back and forth) when I start to move the cover.
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You can leave the cage uncovered if you wish but keep in mind that a bedtime routine is good for Niko.

My budgies have learned that when the cage covers come out it is time for them to get on their sleeping perches.

Using a cover on the top, three sides and 1/3 of the way down the front of the cage can help eliminate drafts as well as block light.
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Okay, thanks for your reply. Is there anything I can do to make sure he isn't so nervous when I cover him up for the night?
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