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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 05-19-2017, 06:59 PM
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Greetings fellow budgie lovers,

I have had Basil since January, but for some reason he will not tame or bond? I've gone through the suggestions and the articles here, and tried various things, and nothing seems to work. I spend time with him daily, several times a day, and talk to him, eat near him, read near him...I even read to him sometimes. I tried to start training him but he seems to be very afraid. I have not intentionally scared him or mistreated him, and he is in a rather quiet room. I'll open the cage for him daily, and he'll come out and sit on the door or on the ladder that is outside of the cage. He'll come out even when I'm near him, and will be fine until I move toward his cage, and then he'll go back inside on his high perch. He makes all of those wonderful budgie sounds at various points during the day, and appears to be cheerful and active. I don't cover the cage at night anymore because he seemed terrified when I put the sheet over it, so I stopped doing that. He seems to be sleeping okay most of the time, he is eating just fine, and his poop looks normal. He'll play with the toys in his cage, which is very high entertainment for us.

My biggest concern is that when I should pull everything apart and thoroughly clean his cage once a week, and I cannot get him to come out. He does not like my finger, and when I try using a perch he may step up onto it, but he won't allow himself to be moved out of the cage. I am doing the best I can of thoroughly cleaning without removing him, but it's frustrating, and I feel I'm making things worse.

Anyone have any suggestions? I'm pretty frustrated with the lack of progress.

Thanks all.


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Dave,

Do you really need Basil to come out of the cage when you clean it?

I have two budgies that don't come out of their cage and I simply remove items, clean them and put them back in the cage.
I also wipe the interior of the cage down with white vinegar with them in the cage.
I'm able to do this with no problems whatsoever.
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If Basil was older and with other budgies for a long time, he may never bond or be tame to the way you'd like. Budgies are individuals but their age, socialization, and personality all enter into
the outcome. Basil might be more comfortable with another budgie.
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None of my budgies are tame and it's possible to clean their cage without upsetting them. In fact, doing it and leaving him to be will help him get used to you in some ways.

Some birds are not so keen to tame and are more bird oriented. You can enjoy Basil as a solo bird as he seems he's content h just doesn't want to step up.
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