(Closed) How to get previously owned budgie out of cage?

posted 5 years ago in Pets
Post # 4
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Helper bee

He may be a bit stressed by his new environment and he’s clinging to the safety of his cage. My mom has has many budgies and to be honest, only one or two ever liked to come out of the cage. Probably because she gave them so many toys, they never felt the need to have anything to do with her. Try taking his toys out to encourage him to come out and bond with you instead of playing with them all day. You can also put a plate of bird safe tasty greens and fruits in a tray outside his cage to tempt him out. 

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@aussiebride26:  I’m sorry, I have no real advice for you but I wanted to say that I think it’s AWESOME that you took him to the vet for care, and then adopted him when he wasn’t claimed… Good for you!! He’s a lucky little guy!

I think if you just continue doing what you’re doing, providing him with a great home and gently encouraging him to come out, he more than likely will one day, when he settles in. And, if not, just remember that he’s in a much better situation now than when you found him, so if he wants to stay in his cage, he probably still thinks it’s great!

Post # 7
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Helper bee

@aussiebride26:  Haha, all of my mom’s birds really loved to peck their reflections in the mirror πŸ™‚

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

@aussiebride26:  I have owned budgies before, one of which I got when he was a baby chick, and he lived to 9 years old! 

You must be painfully patient. Like, ridiculously patient.

Spend time just sitting next to the cage talking to him and mocking the sounds he makes. Do this for a few days. Then, while sitting near the cage, begin opening the cage and just resting your hand inside it, aside from and in addition to feeding times. Then build up to moving your hand around while he’s playing. Eventually begin following him around with your hand wherever he goes inside the cage. It’ll drive him nutso and he may try to bite. You can begin finger training him once he’s used to your hand inside the cage. He’ll perch on your hand like he would the wooden perches. Wherever he’s at, use your finger as a perch in front of him and kind of rub his belly a little bit to nudge him onto your finger. Then let him sit for awhile.  Give him some fruit or treat once he’s finger trained. Now, the method I’m describing here, takes two to three weeks, or even longer! depending on the age of the bird and how stubborn they can be!

Don’t bring the bird out of the cage until he’s finger trained. It’s just not a good idea…he’ll fly around and bump into things and not recognize you as a “safe” place to come land to. Once they do tho, you can let him fly free every day!

there are lots of tutorials on google for budgie training. Or a book at your pet shop isn’t too expensive. Most of both I’ve seen, have some version of the hand training method I’ve outlined above. 

Best of luck! Budgies are WONDERFUL fun little creatures to care for and enjoy as companions πŸ™‚ 

oh, and a big thing with budgies; if you get more than one, they will bond with one another and not YOU…or, at least, not as easily and they become cranky when they’re separated. 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

me again πŸ™‚

if you find he loves his reflection, use a glass pie plate filled with a little warm water, and put one of his mirrored toys in the bottom of it, or get one of the “Weeble” kind that bob back and forth…he’ll LOVE LOVE LOVE his little bird bath!!! I used to do this for Budgie while I was cleaning his cage and I about couldn’t get him OUT of his bath! But when you put him back in cage, cover it with a blanket or towel so he doesn’t catch a draft and get chilled. 

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

All I have to say is that I had to Google “budgie”….not something we have up north!

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@aussiebride26:  That’s wonderful news! I’m glad his exploratory trip turned out so well. Can you post pics of your cutie?

Post # 16
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

@aussiebride26:  He is beautiful!

(I have no advice. I just came here to find out what the heck a budgie was!)

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