So my parents budgie (Flori) is visiting us during their holiday.
He really likes my notebook and I can’t open it without him lying on the keyboard and nagging at me when I try to use a key.
Today he helped writing applications. It was a bit exhausting for both of us.
I also have a pair of budgies by myself.
I just recently got my first Budgie! Not being able to find a breeder with hand-fed babies, I got my little friend from a dedicated bird specialty store. He's very timid, although I can coax him onto my finger, with patience and millet. Every time I've tried showing him how nice it is to be outside the cage with me, he'll "fly" off. Any suggestions to help us bond?
Millet can be magic, as you know. :) I recommend lots of patience and keep trying. If he has any mirrors in his cage, take them out; he’ll bond with his reflection and not you. Speak quietly and soothingly, don’t make any fast movements, and when you’re trying to put him at ease, blink very slowly and don’t look directly at him. This is budgie body language for “I’m cool, I’m not sizing you up to eat you.” Some people recommend sitting by their cage and reading a book to them in a quiet voice. I guess that’s a lot like having another bird sitting near them in a tree singing comfortably to itself.
I have read of one method of trust building in which you take your budgie to another small, quiet, very safe room, and take him out of the cage. Let him wander around while you speak quietly and offer him millet, and he should come to you since you’ll be the most familiar thing in the room. I haven’t tried this method myself, but if you go slow and steady it shouldn’t hurt. Good luck!
Budgies do recognize those they’ve bonded with, even if they haven’t seen you in awhile, like if you go away to college and come back on breaks. They are not as overtly affectionate as some other species of pet parrots but some budgies do enjoy cuddling and getting scratches! In addition, budgies will prefer one member of the household to the others— usually, the person they’re bonded with.
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Here is a picture of little Emil posing for a photo with his best friends; the bell and the ball.