PLEASE HELP!!! Bird Taming-2 Nandays and 2 Red Rumps
I recently bought a pair***male and female*** of Red Rump parakeets(australian grass parakeets) from a family who had too many birds to spend time with and tame the Red Rumps. Its been about three weeks now and if I let them go an hour or two without eating I can get the male to eat out of my hand. The female will sometimes join if the male will not feed her. This is progress since when I first got them they would run to the furthest corner of the cage and wouldnt move. Now they will slightly interact with me if im by the cage. But not if my hand is in the cage, they will only approach if I have food. Also, if I move my hand at all while they are feeding they will flip out and run back to the top of the cage then come right back. Can someone please tell me what the next step is to getting them to perch on my hand, let me pet them, or at least get them out of the cage. Or should I just wait for them to decide they arent scared of me anymore cuz im the food man?¿ I know this process takes a lot of patience anyways.
FYI; they HAVE been mating, and the female HAS been nesting with the nest box I put in, im not using them for breeders but I will allow it.
I bought these guys***male and female*** from the flea market. I was told there that they were in an aviary and used for breeding. Therefore, they are not even used to seeing people. Much less interacting with them. I was told two different things by 2 of the guys that worked there. One told me that it would only take about a week to tame them up since they were once hand fed babys. The other said that usually breeders are a lost cause to tame up. Once they have been kept from people and allowed to go back to the wild it would be like catching a wild bird and trying to tame it.
I gave them a couple days together to help adapt being in a new environment, now I have them in separate cages. If im in the room, they will stay in the farthest corner of the cage and not move much. They will of course eat and drink once im gone(I peeked), yet ocasionally when im there. I spend about 10 mins at a time close to the cage with my hand relaxed on it whispering to them to help them adapt to me a couple times a day. Not really any progress so far. I read they are pretty noisy birds but so far I havent heard much. A couple of loud screams when they were together, but not much since ive separated them. I WIll NOT take them back, I took responcibility for them as a new owner and ill tame them up eventually. I just need step by steps on how to do so. I need to hear from someone whos delt with this before. I cant find much online for some reason. Everyone just wants to sell their secrets. If someone could PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE help me figure out what to do, or at least reassure me at what im doing is correct.
Thank you for your time,