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by Tyler Puorro
(Clifford, PA)

About trimming the wings, If I can find a good breeder I will do it, but out of curiosity, is it a psychological thing, or is it that they just can't fly? If it is the latter, then I don't think I quite need to trim the budgie's wings just yet, because I really don't take it out of the cage. However, 2 days ago, my budgie was in a very great mood. It would jump right to the perch closest to me, and it seemed like it wanted to go out. I tried bringing it to another room(a room without cats), but it didn't want to come out.

My little sister, against my objections, got the budgie on her finger and quickly brought it out. It flew back to its cage before my sister brought it out of reach(the budgie can't fly very well yet) of its cage. Once I was able to get the budgie back in the cage, I brought it back to its usual spot, and after a while, just to see if I could, I tried again. I got it out of the cage, but it flew right back to it, so I let it back in.

How should I get our budgie out of its cage? Also, I tried petting it while it was eating millet. At first, it was fine, but after a couple different sessions, when I touch the edge of its wing, it walked away from my finger, and whenever I touched it in any way(other than it sitting on my other finger), it brought its wings out a little and its wings started shaking a little. I stopped because I don't want to scare the poor thing, but I want to know if I can continue these sessions without scaring the little fellow.

Also, I've read that there are a couple of spots on parrots where you shouldn't pet because it may be "stimulating". I would like to know where this spot is so I can avoid it. Also, on the night of the budgie's good mood, about every other time it was on my finger, it started biting parts of my hand, even though it could've gone on another perch. It seemed like the fellow just wanted to bite me for the fun of it. What happened? Thank you once again,
Tyler Puorro

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Sep 17, 2011
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by: Tyler Puorro

I checked the page, and while some of it was quite helpful, it the articles on the page didn't really pertain to my questions. It would really help me if I could know whether to put the budgie in a new cage in a bird-safe room or not. The room is my own room, so I can spend time in there instead of my usual spots. The reason why I want to move the cage is so that the budgie will be used to the room that it comes out of the cage in. I could technically move the cage its in now up there, but the other cage is wider, even though its about half as tall. Also, I've noticed with my budgie that when millet is involved, he will run towards my finger and jump on it without hesitation. However, if there is no millet involved, the budgie will actually bite my finger. It doesn't hurt, but it runs away from my finger and acts scared, even though it has no reservations when there's millet. Is this a big problem, or is it just a temporary setback? One last thing, I've read that too much millet is bad for a budgie. Should I limit training sessions to once a day? Thank you for your time.

Sep 12, 2011
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by: Tyler Puorro

I appreciate your response,however, I don't mean to be rude, but you didn't really answer my main questions. By the way, Tracie told me that a cage that is wider than taller is better for a budgie than one that is taller than wider. I found a wider cage than the one we have now, but its about half as tall. Plus we would have to move it to a different room. However, I can move it to a bird-safe room where I can take it out. This may be stressful to the poor thing, so I don't quite know if I should do it. Also, something that's been plaguing me since I started asking questions was how do I get the budgie out of the cage? Every time I try, it jumps to another perch. If Tracie could answer, that would make it easier, however, if she can't answer within a week, I think I much rather get an answer from any avian vet. thank you

Editor, Tracie, note: Please read our training articles on our Parrot Training page for learning how to develop trust and train your bird.

Sep 08, 2011
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by: Linda

You are doing very well working with your bird and these things take time, so just continue as you are doing. No training sessions need to be more than about 10-15 minutes at a time as birds lose interest and get tired.

Anytime your bird is out of cage, please have the cats either outside or locked in another room becaue cats and small birds is a very dangerous combination. If your cats ever bite or even scratch your bird, it sets up an infection that kills birds large or small. Cats have some kinds of terrible bacteria in their saliva and claws that will kill a bird if its not taken immediately to an emergency medical center with an Avian Vet on staff. So keep the cats away from bird.

Your bird does need its wings clipped ONLY BY AN AVIAN VET as this is not recommended for anyone not knowing exactly what they are doing. It is not psychological and does keep them from flying all over the place and getting hurt. It will also keep them from flying out the door one day and losing your bird. Have an Avian Vet trim the 4-6 long Primary Flight feathers, and these are the long ones at the bottom of each wing. No need to trim up any higher as this causes chronic pain and is not necessary.

As for stimulation points, I don't knwo who told you that, but I've never heard of it. Just pet gently and don't pet too much because birds don't like it too much. Around the head and neck area is usually tolerated well with most birds.

So, you need to keep working with your bird and make sure the cats are not around when you do. Your bird is deathly afraid of them, and he has plenty of reason to be afraid. They will kill him if they get the chance, so put them outside or locked in another room with the door firmly shut when working with your bird.

Thanks for writing,

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