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    Finger training a Budgie!

    Hey everybody!

    I have had my Budgie for about a week and a half and I can tell they are slowly getting more comfortable. Lately I have been trying to get them to step onto my finger and out of the cage for exercise, but they are scared of me. She was finger trained a little bit when I got her, but now every time i put my finger on her chest and say "up" she flies off and freaks out, bouncing around her cage. I was wondering if there are any tricks to get my budgie to love hopping up onto my finger so that it is easier to get her out of the cage, and so that she does not hurt herself when freaking out.

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    Re: Finger training a Budgie!

    Try getting some millet sprigs at the pet store and use them for treats. Extend your hand out with the millet sprig, so they can eat off the top of the sprig, without having to be afraid of your hand. Budgies love millet. Try this a few times a day, and soon they will get used to your hands.

    For having them for such a short time, they are doing great in my view.

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    Re: Finger training a Budgie!

    Ellen has a good idea. When I got my first budgie when I was 10 years old, the lovely lady who bred the budgies showed me how to finger tame a baby budgie. She said to approach the cage by speaking softly to the bird, then place your hand in the cage and leave it still. Let the bird calm down and don't move your hand. Just keep gently talking to the bird for a few minutes, then take your hand out of the cage, still talking to the bird. Keep doing that a couple of times a day. Your bird will eventually get accustomed to your hand. Then, when he's calm when you put your hand in the cage, put a piece of millet spray in your hand. See if he'll get curious enough to try it. It takes time, but it's well-worth the patience.
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    Re: Finger training a Budgie!

    That is super great advice, Pat! Thanks for sharing!

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