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Old 01-30-2014, 06:03 PM
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Exclamation Needing help training my older budgie.

Hello, I'm new here so don't mind my inexperience on this forum (> - <)
I got my male budgie (fully grown) from a pet store last year, around fall and I want some tips of how to train him!

I don't know his exact age, but his nose was fully blue, and he was a chubby boy. x: (Guessing 1 1/2 or so)




c: He knows how to step up and sit up on my shoulder while I do things, but he's a bit flinchy, always fast of things and breathes hard, as if he's still anxious when I always leave my female budgie with him to keep him company and be busy with Zero my cockatiel instead.

So tips guys :3 <3 Thank you very much.


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Old 01-30-2014, 08:49 PM
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Re: Needing help training my older budgie.

I wish I knew how to TAME an adult budgie let alone train one I hear that they take a lot of time to do that. With the parrots too, I don't have all the time in the world to tame Twigs.
Anyway, as far as training goes, you already have a good start with a bird tame enough to step up on your finger and sit still on your shoulder. Let us know what sort of things you wish him to learn, and maybe someone with trick training experience will give you some tips I'm not patient enough for animal training good reason I don't have a dog! As far as pet birds go, main thing is that they are tame and are taught boundaries to be well mannered. Although in the case of Budgies, biting is not a problem since they can't really bite that hard (they just THINK they can).

How about training to "poop" on command? This is a good one for a small bird since they poop often... Keeps your clothes clean My parrots do it, and I believe a Budgie is smart enough to learn too. Immediately after or during when he's pooping, say "poop". If you catch him in the act and say it every time and praise him, after a while he should start associating the action with the word. Once you think he's got it, you can time it to about when you think he's about ready to poop, and put him on his cage, a perch, play stand or wherever, and say "poop" until he does it. Praise him. He'll eventually get it.
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Old 01-30-2014, 09:34 PM
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Re: Needing help training my older budgie.

Lol, I know! It takes patience, but I guess I'm just having trouble with trust now I guess. I praise him all the time, and talk to him, but since I didn't have him alone, like I had my female, he went to her then me. xD

He learned step up because i tried to hide my female and other birds away from him, but now it seems to be difficult to even do that so.

And my cockatiel knows how to do the poop command, lol c:

I kinda hope I'll be seeing more tips on how, because I've worked with him and he's difficult since he's always anxious all the time.
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Re: Needing help training my older budgie.

I once tried an experiment with 5 adult, flighted budgies. All I wanted to know is if I could get them comfortable enough to fly to me. I started out by feeding them food from my hand first thing in the morning right inside the cage. After they were done or I had to go, I'd refresh their food dishes.




After a couple of weeks of that, I went to feeding them right outside of the cage. Couple of weeks of that then I was feeding them a few feet away from the cage.





Needless to say, my experiment worked. They were comfortable with my hands as well as flying to me. Next thing I know, I've got a cockatiel wanting the same interaction! (which eventually lead to another experiment with the tiel flock! Far more successful than I thought it'd be! And a lot quicker, too!)
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