This is by far my favorite way to hold a budgie, it's gives you the greatest control for even the squirmy wriggly ones!
It's great for checking the vent, clipping nails, applying ivermectin, feeling the keel bone & many more
When handling a budgie, be confident!
keep them up straight & use your instincts to what strength of grip is necessary but do not restrict the chest, doing so will limit their breathing
hold the budgie's head between your middle finger & index finger
and use the rest of your fingers & thumb to keep the wings tucked in
the hold gives us good access to between the shoulder blades, so applying ivermectin is doodle
when catching from a cage, i often use a light cloth
it is allot quicker & less stressful, it also softens the nips of the hens
the same hold applies
the hold can also be used of budgies with splayed legs