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Him nibbling your fingers is a sign of affection, and also curiosity as he "explores" your hands.

Don't worry, it's not really connected to biting. The only time when it may is if he gets too overexcited and accidentally bites you, but it's not very likely.

I'm so glad his training has progressed so far!
Oh I'm so happy! We had a lovely little bonding session after I posted this and he was happily bobbing his head and chattering as he hopped from my hands to his perches and nibbled my fingertips. I'm so happy he's comfortable with me
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I took this photo recently and it's so stinking adorable I thought I'd share



(About the dowel perch -I've ordered natural perches and even the dowels I have in there are all different diameters)
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Aww, a budgie yawn!

How cute

I'm sure he'll love his new perches when they arrive!

My girl has that ring toy, she loves it
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Aww, a budgie yawn!

How cute

I'm sure he'll love his new perches when they arrive!

My girl has that ring toy, she loves it
Yes that's definitely his favourite toy! He loves pulling it back and letting it go to hear the bell on the bottom hit against the cage wall
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So this adorable thing just happened:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/28wu7m3va6...1_616.mp4?dl=0

He did this for as long as I'd let him. I'd say taming is going well!
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So this adorable thing just happened:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/28wu7m3va6...1_616.mp4?dl=0

He did this for as long as I'd let him. I'd say taming is going well!
Very cute! Looks like the bonding is going very well.

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Jan. 8th, 2017

Smol is an absolute sweetheart. He spends a lot of time just hanging out on the open door of his cage, coming and going as he pleases. If something spooks him and he ends up flying to the floor, he immediately runs to me to put him back onto his cage.

He has just recently discovered neck and cheek scratches and absolutely adores them. He'll give me little nose kisses and we have lovely little conversations.

Now that he's completely comfortable with me, I'm working towards breaking him of his seeds. He'll eat some pellets and I mix them into his seed but he's still most definitely a little seed monster. The biggest issue I find is being able to tell whether he's touched the pellets mixed with the seeds, since they're the same colour.

I've been offering him vegetables as well, but the farthest I've gotten is him taking a nibble of green pepper accidentally when trying to get to the millet it was with. (When he did he looked startled, to say the least)

So I'll continue to try to get him to eat more pellets and try veggies.
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Smol is an absolute sweetheart. He spends a lot of time just hanging out on the open door of his cage, coming and going as he pleases. If something spooks him and he ends up flying to the floor, he immediately runs to me to put him back onto his cage.

He has just recently discovered neck and cheek scratches and absolutely adores them. He'll give me little nose kisses and we have lovely little conversations.

Now that he's completely comfortable with me, I'm working towards breaking him of his seeds. He'll eat some pellets and I mix them into his seed but he's still most definitely a little seed monster. The biggest issue I find is being able to tell whether he's touched the pellets mixed with the seeds, since they're the same colour.

I've been offering him vegetables as well, but the farthest I've gotten is him taking a nibble of green pepper accidentally when trying to get to the millet it was with. (When he did he looked startled, to say the least)

So I'll continue to try to get him to eat more pellets and try veggies.

So cute. Smol seems like a wonderful bird.

Re. pellet conversion, I found that it took a long time. (many months and lots of tenacity and patience.) I never mixed pellets with seed. If you read the advice from FaeryBee (Deborah)... she offers tons of great tips that helped me a lot with pellet conversion, and she also didn't mix the pellets and seed. The upside to doing that is then you do know if he's engaging with the pellets or not. Or, if he's rejecting them outright. See if you can find FaeryBee's advice, if not I can send you some thread links.

Something that helped me was rotating the seed bowl & pellet bowl in and out. I would leave only the pellets for a certain time in the morning. (Say 10 min. to 30 min. or so. It varied.) Often rejected by my bird. Then I would put the seed in for a limited time. Then I would remove that and put the pellets back. I read this method on the Zupreem website and for whatever reason, it seemed to work. (Or at least help.) There's also a thing where you offer only pellets in the cage until Noon. The thinking is that the budgie is hungrier in the morning and will be more inclined to investigate food options.

I also ground up the seed in a blender and mixed it in with the pellets. I only had so-so results with that, but I've seen this work for other people. Eventually they get to a place where they can remove the ground up seed, and only serve pellets.

There are many ways to slice it, and I tried many, but I think that mixing seeds and pellets is always going to end up in a losing score for the pellets, because given the choice, I think any seed junkie will always choose the seeds. I follow what FaeryBae recommended.... pellets available in the cage 24/7... seeds provided in daily rations... 1 teaspoon in the morning ...and 1 teaspoon in the evening.

My budgie is now converted to pellets after a lot of trial and error (& 3 different pellet brands). There were times I thought it would never happen... but it did eventually.
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So cute. Smol seems like a wonderful bird.

Re. pellet conversion, I found that it took a long time. (many months and lots of tenacity and patience.) I never mixed pellets with seed. If you read the advice from FaeryBee (Deborah)... she offers tons of great tips that helped me a lot with pellet conversion, and she also didn't mix the pellets and seed. The upside to doing that is then you do know if he's engaging with the pellets or not. Or, if he's rejecting them outright. See if you can find FaeryBee's advice, if not I can send you some thread links.

Something that helped me was rotating the seed bowl & pellet bowl in and out. I would leave only the pellets for a certain time in the morning. (Say 10 min. to 30 min. or so. It varied.) Often rejected by my bird. Then I would put the seed in for a limited time. Then I would remove that and put the pellets back. I read this method on the Zupreem website and for whatever reason, it seemed to work. (Or at least help.) There's also a thing where you offer only pellets in the cage until Noon. The thinking is that the budgie is hungrier in the morning and will be more inclined to investigate food options.

I also ground up the seed in a blender and mixed it in with the pellets. I only had so-so results with that, but I've seen this work for other people. Eventually they get to a place where they can remove the ground up seed, and only serve pellets.

There are many ways to slice it, and I tried many, but I think that mixing seeds and pellets is always going to end up in a losing score for the pellets, because given the choice, I think any seed junkie will always choose the seeds. I follow what FaeryBae recommended.... pellets available in the cage 24/7... seeds provided in daily rations... 1 teaspoon in the morning ...and 1 teaspoon in the evening.

My budgie is now converted to pellets after a lot of trial and error (& 3 different pellet brands). There were times I thought it would never happen... but it did eventually.
Thanks for the advice! The instructions on the back of the pellets bag said to mix them, but I agree it makes more sense to separate them.

I separated the pellets and seeds when I got home from work today, and so far he's gone to his usual seed bowl (now pellet bowl) and is definitely trying them. He hasn't gotten the crumbling them himself down pat yet but he's eating a bit of the smaller ones. Hopefully he finds the seeds in the other bowl before he starves to death haha
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Thanks for the advice! The instructions on the back of the pellets bag said to mix them, but I agree it makes more sense to separate them.

I separated the pellets and seeds when I got home from work today, and so far he's gone to his usual seed bowl (now pellet bowl) and is definitely trying them. He hasn't gotten the crumbling them himself down pat yet but he's eating a bit of the smaller ones. Hopefully he finds the seeds in the other bowl before he starves to death haha

FaeryBee has tons of good ideas on how to do this. I'll see if I can find some of the links to where she discusses this.

That's really good that he's trying them. That sounds like a good step in the right direction.

I'm sure he'll find the seeds. That's a good idea to put the pellets where the seeds used to be.

What pellets are you using? That can make a difference.

If you're able to do it in the morning... I found the rotating back and forth thing worked for me. Take all food out at night right before he goes to sleep for the night. Then in the morning first put in the pellets and only the pellets. Observe if he eats them. You have to monitor how much is being consumed and then ultimately at some point in the morning, you put the seeds back in. Along with the pellets (but separate dishes.)

Then repeat the evening removal again at night... take all the food out right before he goes to bed for the evening (after he has loaded up on food for the night which is what they do... they eat at night, enough to get them to morning.) And then repeat it again in the am... put only the pellets first. And see how much he eats, etc.

At some point you'll notice he gets conditioned to eating those pellets in the morning, and you'll monitor how much he's eating. Over time he will eat more of the pellets, and you'll leave them in the cage longer before you have to put the seeds back in.

Then for me this evolved to leaving the pellets only in all day... and feeding 1 teaspoon of seeds in the morning, and a teaspoon of seeds in the evening.

I found that removing the food at bedtime created a sense of urgency for my budgie in the morning, and got him used to a feeding time & schedule that I could control. Budgies like schedules and get used to them. Which can make it easier for the pellet conversion process. If he knows there's a dish of seeds in his cage 24/7... then he might not be as interested in the food presented in the morning.

If there's seed and pellets both, in his cage all day (even in separate dishes), I find that the seeds always win.

Hope that made sense. I'm a bit tired... so this might not be written as clearly as I would like.
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