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Mar 08, 2012
cute!
by: Anonymous

aww they are so adorable!!!

Dec 10, 2011
Its easy
by: Nick

All you have to do is put your hand in the cage dont try to touch them and let them get comfortable with your hand

May 31, 2010
try it!
by: Brooklynn

Hi it sounds wonderful to have these two precious birds!I have one myself i named him Lucky!
you should try and use a dish towel and make sure your hand is not completle covered!make sure you move very slowly gently press your finger tips to your birds chest and he/she should step on.When your bird gets used to it you can try and do the same that you do with the cloth!

brooklynn

Jan 21, 2010
Training
by: Debbie

I am so gald you got these two beautiful birds. I promise you, you will never find a more sweet or loving companion than a budgie.

As to the matter of training, here's what I did. Never use a glove! I understand you are trying to protect your fingers, as I was sorely tempted to do with my birds when I trained them, but here's the thing: your birds will get used to it. They trust the glove, not the master (you). Which do you want them to trust? You? Or the pink glove? Ease them into it. Walk slowly and calmly to the cage. Don't get scared! Your birds will sense it and become scared too. It helps to hum softly as you do this. Calmly open the cage, and very, VERY slowly, put your hand inside with one finger outstretched. No glove! Don't freak out when your birds start to fly around the cage. This WILL startle them. Stand very still with your hand in the cage. Try to put the finger in between two perches, blocking one from the other, because then, eventually, your birds will be forced to step onto your finger to get from one perch to another. Be patient. This probably won't happen on the first try. Your birds will have to work up the courage to step onto your finger. And when they do for the first time, DON'T MOVE! Don't smile, don't wiggle your hand, just stand like a statue. ESPECIALLY don't pull your hand out really fast - or at all - while your bird is on it. Wait a while. Eventually your birds will trust you enough to take them out of the cage on your bare finger. It really helps if you talk to them encouragingly whenever they're on your finger. Say things like, "That's right! Good girl! You're so smart! Look at you, so brave!" as happily as you can, but don't shout. Say it quietly.

I wish you the best of luck with your beautiful budgies!

Aug 08, 2009
Sasha and Johnny Were Sweethearts!
by: Linda

Hi there and congratulations on your two beautiful Budgies! They look very healthy and happy. If they have not been to an Avian vet for a "new bird" checkup, you will need to do that very soon. New birds are always stressed and open to infections which they hide very carefully.

The also need to be on a high quality pelleted diet like Harrison's, and Tracie carries some Harrisons products out here as well as another organic food called Golden Feast. Changing them from seeds to pellets can take some time, so get the Birdy Bread Mix, the organic Red Palm Oil, two egg whites(not yellow part) and give them the bread for treats and snacks. The Birdy Bread will help them to make the change from seeds to pellets.

For a while, put some seeds in bottom of bowl (shallow layer), then add your pellets and birdy bread. As they begin to eat more of the pellets and bread, put in less and less seed mix until, you can stop with the seed mix altogether.

When you take birds to Avian vet, have them trim both birds wings. Just have them trim the PRIMARY FEATHERS WHICH ARE THE FIRST, LOWER ROW OF WING FEATHERS--be sure to ask for JUST THE PRIMARY FEATHERS TO BE TRIMMED ON BOTH WINGS. This way, you can remove the gloves which are scaring them and start using your hands. YES, MY DEAR GIRL, YOU WILL GET BIT A FEW TIMES, but the taming and training will go much faster without gloves. You'll have to take off the gloves sooner or later, so make it sooner as your bonding with your birds will move much faster.

Your birds are afraid of you, and all things new, so when approaching them to take out of cage, move slowly, and keep in mind the thought that they are going to cooperate and step up on your finger without any trouble. Animals and birds read our thoughts easily as we think in PICTURE FORMAT. When we think about getting our birds out, we see ourselves walking to the cage, putting our hand in and saying "UP" so bird will step up.

If you are afraid, they will be seeing another picture--the one where they bite you, so mind control here is very important. See yourself successfully getting them out of cage without getting bit. If you DO get bit, do not jerk your hand or finger away, move gently into the bird, and bird will let go without much damage to your fingers. Pulling away quickly will rip your skin and make a much worse bite.

Print this out so you can remember next time you want to play with your little birds.Remember to ALWAYS PICTURE WHAT YOU WANT TO HAPPEN OR WHAT YOU WANT THEM TO DO, AND YOU'LL BE SURPRISED TO SEE THAT THEY DO THE RIGHT THINGS MOST EVERY TIME. THEY WILL CONTINUE TO "READ YOUR MIND" ALWAYS, SO THINK GOOD, POSITIVE THOUGHTS WHEN BEGINNING A WORK SESSION WITH THEM OR ANY OTHER BIRDS.

Thanks for the picture as they are adorable and we wish you the very best with them!
Linda

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