unique budgie bonding situation
by Tyler Puorro
2 weeks ago we adopted a budgie from PetSmart. Miracuously, my little sister was able to get the budgie on her finger on the first day. Since then, i've been trying to get him/her (the budgie is not even 4 months old yet) to bond with me, and while it seems to be working ok, I would like some advice on how to bond with it.
The biggest reason I need to know now is becuase I do not have much time left with the budgie. I am going into my senior year in high school, and I have 2 advanced placement classes, so I will most likely have much homework, not to mention going to college in about a year.
I was wondering if I should put a mirror in when school starts, because there will be times when it will be all alone. Will this ruin the bond with me? Also, we have a bird feeder outside on a tree. The budgie is able to see this feeder, and becomes excited when it sees birds there. It has bobbed its head at them, screeched when they didn't respond, and usually hops around its perches when they come. Can the budgie bond with me if it can see and sing with these birds?
For bonding, I know that I am a few steps far. It is already very comfortable with my finger(it yawns, stretches, and grinds its beak while on my finger). I hold a millet spray in one hand and get the budgie to go on the index finger of my other hand. It will usually step up on my finger if I put it in front of the budgie. It will proceed to eat the millet, and when it no longer wishes to eat, it hops down onto a perch and I take my hands away. WIll this help the budgie to bond with me? Also, the budgie does not play with its toys; what can remedy this situation?
One last question. Whenever I try to slowly take it out of the cage, it hops onto another perch. Whenever I try to pet it anywhere, it panics. Will persisting in these cause the budgie to accept them, or will it traumatize it?
I really want this bird to like me. I absolutely love birds, and I want to make this budgie as comfortable as possible so I can bond with it and be a good friend. I am sorry about the length of this post and I know you are busy. Thank you for your time.