I've had my bird for a few months now. I've gotten to the point where I can take him out. He usually sits on top of his cage. He won't really talk much unless I have music on. He scoots close to me when I sing along (though I don't know why xD). But he's stubborn and doesn't like to be anywhere but his cage. Any ideas to get closer to him? Sorry if the stuff I wrote was really vague.
Last Edit: Oct 22, 2009 20:55:51 GMT by marmonster
Sounds like you are doing great. These things take time, unless your budgie was very young or hand reared then it will take a while for him to get to trust you.
Move slowly and quietly, offer favorite treats and in time he will learn to associate you with nice things happening. You say he likes you singing, you could also try reading out loud next to the cage so he gets used to your voice more. Talk to him when you feed him and clean the cage.
Bribes work well, find out what food he likes and use that to encourage him to come towards you, or on to your finger to get the treat. My lot will do anything for millet but to avoid over feeding food that will make him fat go for fruit or veg if he has faves.
I'm in the process of getting two of my birds used to coming out of the cage. Step 1: Was to encourage them to fly onto my open hand which had seed on it.
Step 2: Once they are happy with that I moved on to lowering my hand to near the door.
Step 3: Once they were happy on my hand and that the hand would move slowly I now slowly move my hand just outside the door.
We are on step 3 and they will stay on my hand but look around a bit. But they are close enough to the cage, that they can fly back in at will.
Time and love is all it takes, don't move to fast, if something happens that freaks out your bird and you have to go back to the beginning and start again, its ok. Its just they are sometimes timid and it takes the time it takes.
Not all birds and into a lot of handling. If your bird was past first moult when you got him, it will take far longer than if he was a few weeks old. My late Taz was so scared he would bat around the cage if anyone went near him. After many years of sitting talking to him, not looking at him as I spoke he learnt I wasn't a threat and in the end would eat from my hand. You just got to take them as individuals and go at their pace.