So I successfully got Kiwi tame. Only one problem, he don't want to come out of his cage. Googling the issue yields no help. Asking about it on a parakeet facebook group hasn't helped either. I've tried taking the top off the cage to take him out and and taking him out through the door. No good.
I'm going to try moving the cage to the living room and luring him out with food. Hope it works.
Maybe if you are going to move him to another room it might be worth leaving letting him out for a couple of days so he gets used to his new spot.
When I first got mine out I remember trying to decide whether to let them come out themselves or whether to bring them out. I tried bringing him out and he didn't seem too impressed with that. I had a rope perch that kind of screws to the cage so I opened the door and bent it round so that they could decide when they wanted to come out... Like this
The first time they just hung around their cage but after a while they got more adventurous. It can be a bit scary the first couple of times, both because its new for them and mine seemed unsure where to land (give him plenty of perch options and cover any gaps they can fall down, like behind the TV maybe) and also because you worry about them hurting themselves. I'm sure other people will have different advice. With my first budgie I think I maybe rushed getting him out to soon. With my second he was pretty confident at stepping up to my finger which made it easier if he was out and nervous, he trusted me to help him out. How's the little guy doing? Is he getting a bit more used to his home and eating well?
Very well. Stepping up and everything. He even anticipated the stepping up today and hopped on my finger before I had the chance to say 'step up'. Yes, he's getting pretty used to his home. He's eating very well. I've been thinking and I don't know if I'm actually going to be moving him to the living room. Its not bird proofed. My room pretty much is (and I can close the door). So I've decided to move the cage to the bed in the morning and lure him out with the promise of food. I'll leave the cage there all day, with food out and door to the cage open when I'm in the room (I'll try to find something to watch so I'm not bored. xD). Then at bedtime the cage will be moved to the dresser with Kiwi in it and it covered.
I don't have any rope perches. I'm going to have to consider a small list of bird stuff and then order it, since it can be hard to find stuff locally. Rope perches and a play stand will end up on my shopping list.
Oh wow, that's great. He's doing well then I had mine in a smaller room at first and to be honest I felt more comfortable with letting him out in there to begin with. Have you got a spare perch you could use next to the door so its easy for him to get out? Can you not just leave the cage where it is and just open the door then sit back and let him explore (just wondered why you need to move the cage?). The rope perches are quite handy, but the other perches in the room, I just got cheap lengths of dowel (not sure its called that in America? but round lengths of wood) and put them out in perchable places around the room when letting the budgie out
Kiwi needs time and lots of it. He will come out of the cage when he feels comfortable at doing so. Moving the cage about may even hinder the progress. They have excellent eyesight and are very aware of what is at their ground level as well as what is above. He needs to get used to his surroundings. Have patience and it will happen, once again it's that trust thing.
I don't do blogs much, DreamerHorse, but I must say I have never been a fan of "wait and see".. I treat my birds, with their training, the same as I do the dog. I need them to be able to respond to certain things when I want them to, not in their own time, or if they feel like it. So if I want my birds out of their cage, I take them out; if I want them back in, I put them in. You don't expect a dog to do the right thing if you don't teach it to in the first place, and that is how I approach the birds' training. Your bird is part of your house, there are rules you must follow for the smooth running of the house, there are rules for the dog, if you have one, I feel there should be rules for the bird(s) as well.
I also have always used a small room for their first number of outings, so that the whole getting them back into the cage is not such a pain in the proverbial. You don't spend hours chasing them all over the house, but just a few steps this way, a few that. Then once they have the idea that returning to the cage is do-able, expand to a larger area, where they are going to be, and where they are going to get used to.
We are not Vets, Avian or otherwise. If you have any serious doubts about your budgies' health an appointment with an Avian vet should always be your first point of call.
Hi there, FFG is right, definitely get some kind of platform to put at the door. Budgies first steps outside the cage can be scary and they like to edge out a little first - unless you have a full escape incident, which I did with Teddy. I have this platform and Teddy really likes it. Also I put a ladder on the top of his cage at a low angle so he has something to land on after flying. Basically think about how you can make it easier for him to move in and out of his cage.
Hi all! Its been a long while. First off I'd like to say I don't have one bird anymore. I now have two. Snow is the second addition to my little flock. She's a very moody hen but what can I do? Lol. Second off, I guess I just got preoccupied with things. School started in August (I'm in 11th grade) and with that Kiwi injured his wing (really bad luck). I searched for a vet, but there is literally no bird vets here. Livestock vets, sure, but no avian vets. I'm still searching and hoping to find something. If it makes you feel better I'm planning on becoming an avian vet once I graduate (because we're so lackluster here). Kiwi is fine, he slowly recovered and regained a lot of the strength in his wing. Its not quite at a proper angle but it doesn't bother him anymore. He stretches, preens, flies, and does those really fast moments where his wings are a blur and he almost lifts off the perch.
I bought them a little bit of a bigger cage (so they can fly back and forth). They have several toys around the side of the cage and all wood perches (need to get some rope but that will have to wait). They have a playstand that they like to sit on and I bought a clicker for training (works really well). They are not quite hand tame anymore (buying Snow and putting them together seemed to make them regress) but I'm working on that. Can't separate them since they're bonded and go a little crazy not being housed in the same cage (tried that, gave up).
Everything is okay and well, and I'm including a picture and plan on hanging around more.