Budgie Advice?

Quailobsessed

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Here's a video that may be helpful to you.

These bird trainers are professionals, I use a lot of their content and training methods and have even attended a masterclass with them. They are very helpful and I highly recommend looking at their channel too.
 

oldhenlikesdogs

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You used to breed? That is amazing! Quite an experience, I'm sure. I'd enjoy hearing/reading if you have stories.
I am not aware of local breeders, I don't travel, and birds aren't usually shipped for a number of reasons (though I did see one online option that was really high priced). And the prices for young budgies that are already worked with can potentially break the bank, so to speak. I couldn't put out that kind of money.
Pet store birds are inexpensive (you get what you pay for, in a way), and the ones I managed to buy were roughly 3 months old (no definitive hatch date, and the staff was wrong on gender). Before I got them, the only handling they had (to my knowledge) was being grabbed and having their wings clipped.

They have every right to be scared and untrusting. I just hope that, in time, I can earn a degree of trust.

I wanna thank you for taking the time to share your info and advice. Any more you have to offer, I will be one happy sponge.
About the ramp idea, I will try that. The cage door opens and allows a ramp, like you mentioned. When I put the bird away, I returned him directly to the perch. That might have been a huge mistake and accosted for a great deal of distress (due to the intrusion).

The internet can only be so helpful when looking for advice. Half of it is people contradicting one another, and a portion of it is wrong or biased.

Best sources are experienced bird owners.
Nothing really special. A couple of pet store budgies, a long home made flight cage and a pair of nestboxes mounted on the outside so I had easy access to the chicks to handle daily. Feed the parents some conditioning foods, sprouted seeds and in no time you get eggs, than chicks. It was a fun hobby.

I always read all I can on a subject than I take what makes sense to me and go from there. Everyone can end up doing things differently, and they can all work. That's why there's so many opinions in every hobby.

I don't tame my current budgie because I don't have the patience anymore. I still enjoy their chatter and colors so I keep a few in a large cage that goes outside during the warmer months.

Can you provide a cage top play area where they can come out. Most birds don't like to be removed from their cage, and prefer to come out on their own. Than you can perhaps work with them better. Offering them spray millet outside the cage could be encouragement once they know what it is.

I say keep at. If your birds are young they should gain confidence as they mature as long as you handle them regularly and gently.
 

WallyBirdie

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Here's a video that may be helpful to you.

These bird trainers are professionals, I use a lot of their content and training methods and have even attended a masterclass with them. They are very helpful and I highly recommend looking at their channel too.
Thank you! I'll watch the video tonight! (Like study material!)
 

WallyBirdie

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Nothing really special. A couple of pet store budgies, a long home made flight cage and a pair of nestboxes mounted on the outside so I had easy access to the chicks to handle daily. Feed the parents some conditioning foods, sprouted seeds and in no time you get eggs, than chicks. It was a fun hobby.

I always read all I can on a subject than I take what makes sense to me and go from there. Everyone can end up doing things differently, and they can all work. That's why there's so many opinions in every hobby.

I don't tame my current budgie because I don't have the patience anymore. I still enjoy their chatter and colors so I keep a few in a large cage that goes outside during the warmer months.

Can you provide a cage top play area where they can come out. Most birds don't like to be removed from their cage, and prefer to come out on their own. Than you can perhaps work with them better. Offering them spray millet outside the cage could be encouragement once they know what it is.

I say keep at. If your birds are young they should gain confidence as they mature as long as you handle them regularly and gently.
You make it sound easy and fun but I bet that's just your passion shining through. Thank you for sharing about it. Your enthusiastic makes it fun to read.

I'm sure all your birds are happy and well cared for! You seem to love them very much.

I'd like to add a playtop! It's a to-do list sort of thing. And I have millet on hand already! I put a small amount in their cage to let them check it out- they were cautious at first but they love it now.
I'll do my best, study up, and play it by ear.

Thank you for all the help and encouragement!
 
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