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Training and Bonding Training your budgie can be quite a feat. Let us help you get through the training and bonding process.

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Old 02-13-2009, 06:31 PM
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Default Tips for getting your budgie in...or out of their cage!

I've noticed alot of threads lately asking how to get thier budgie back in or out of thier cage so i decided to put together some ideas on how to do it

Getting Out of The Cage

Method 1:

open the door and wait - not the best option but it works well with some budiges ( like mine) who are unafraid and will just fly straight out

Method 2:

open the door and put millet outside the cage - usually works really well with almost any tame or untame budgie

Method 3:

have the budgie step up and take him slowly out the door- only works for the tame budgie and if your budgie is afraid of the "outside world" then taking them out could make them lose trust in your hand (because its taking them into this scary world )

Method 4:

open the roof and the door and place millet outside the cage - this i've found is the best way to get them out of the cage and you don't have to have a cage with a openable roof, most cages are built so that a portion of the roof can be removed (for easy shipping) but it works well to get them out too

Method 5:

have your budgie step up onto a familliar perch and take him out - can work well but can also be awkward to get out of the cage if you have a small door and again if your budgie is scared of the "outside world" then he'll probably just jump/fly off before you get to the door.

Getting Back Into the Cage

Method 1:

waiting until your budgie goes in on its own - the downfall of this is that you have to have alot of time and in the case where you need you budgie back in considerabley quicker than a couple hours this just isn't practical

Method 2:

putting millet in the cage - usually works but again not the fastest way to get your budgie back home and depends on the budgie being hungry too

Method 3:

have your budgie step up and place him in the cage - a good method time wise but depends on your budgie being tame. Also if your budgie is flighted and doesn't want to go back then they can just fly away.

Method 4:

pick up the cage and hold the door in front of your budgie so they can just hop right in - in my opinion the best way to get your budgie back home because it doesn't scare them and works well with tame or untame budgies. The only problen being if your cage is too big and/or awkward to pick up.

Method 5:

have your budgie step up onto a familiar perch, then put him back - will usually work with tame or untame budgie but if your budgie is flighted then this isn't the best option as they can just fly away.


Do not grab your budgie!!!! this destroys the carefully built trust you have with your budgie and will make them even more scared of being out of the cage!

***If you must get your budgie out of the cage, for a vet's appointment, picking on others etc, use a small towel or washcloth, at least this way your budgie won't be scared of your hands***


Hope this helps

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Old 02-13-2009, 06:53 PM
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Thanks for posting this! This will help a lot of people who are trying to get their birds to come in or out of their cage. I would give you karma but I have to give it to more people before I could give some to you
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some gr8 tips there. i used of them metheds on there with my first budgie i had. i havnt yet tryed to get my new budgie out the cage im trying to gain his trust first. but i will be useing alot of your tips as sum i never thought of b4
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thanks and thanks anyways Brandon(its the thought that counts)
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Here is another idea:

Put some rope perches on the cage so there is something familiar to hang onto when out. It lets the bird be close to the cage, but out of it. I have one coming right to the front door and then another making a path to the top of the cage. He is much more comfortable on that they the bars on the top of the cage.

Hang treats from said perches so he has a reason to come out and sit on them.

I've been doing this and my bird will now freely wander out of his cage several times of the day. He doesn't fly off and explore much yet, but you can see him getting braver.
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With Sky I will get him out the door and then he will jump back onto the cage and climb Up to the top and will sit there< I will put the string of seeds Next to him and he will just sit there and eat and Sometimes I will put a piece of fruit or bread for him to munch on, Although he will still move away when I come to put him Away I think he is Starting to enjoy being out, yesterday I placed him on a high lamp we don’t use and he REALLY liked being above everyone, Although then hubby wanted to make dinner and we had to put him away but he just hopped right back in
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this thread is fantastic!! thank you so much for posting! my budgies have a problem getting out of the cage but getting them in the cage again is a piece of cake!!
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Hi this is excellent, the guys should make this a sticky.
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Great post! This is when the new rating system comes in. And k for you! Well done and thank you for stressing the do not grab the budgie. I was guilty of this for so long! Not anymore. I know better and I think it is one of the biggest things I have learned!
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Well done Jamie! I'm sure this will be helpful to our members.
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