At the end of Last April, I had 2 beautiful baby budgies sorta dropped into my lap. They were rescues, both about 3-6 months old, and very timid.
They have both been terrified of any training attempts, and particularly, hands. I perch trained them, but that is as far as I got with them.
the past few months they have been showing signs of bravery, losing much of their timidness, but maintaining their fear.
They were starting to warm up a little, Josie I can pick up without a perch at all, but before xmas I had to clip their wings, and they seemed to regress a bit.
The past few weeks I have had an ache in my heart, becuase growing up we had dozens of birds, several parrots, and it seems that I always ahd a feathered friend to cuddle with, and yet my 2 birds dont let me touch them at all.
So I wondered? Can I tame them still or is it too late?
I took them one by one into the bathroom tonight. Sammi was uncomfortable with hands altogether, she cocked her head standing on the perch, and listened to me talking to her. She crawled on my leg, climbed my shoulder, ate my hair. But wants NOTHING to do with my hands. The second I bring my hand to close it's "ACK ACK" fly away.
I brought them closer and closer and wiggled my fingers, trying to get her used to them.
Josie on the other hand is a completely different set of problems...
She isnt afraid of hands, simply becuase if they get too close for her liking she chomps on them. Which hurts! What can I do???? OMG it hurts, lol! She will turn her back to me, cuddles into me and seeks out my hands when she is scared, and will let me pet her back, but she shakes the entire time and when I put her back, she holds her wings out and shudders.
I only spent 5 minutes with josie becuase of how stressed she gets by our 1-on-1 time. So although she seems the easier to tame, she is actually harder :S
Sop, sorry for being so long winded, but any advice would be appreciated! I love my baby girls, but I miss having a bird I can touch. I would love it if they could be tamed, becuase I honestly dont have time for a new bird, and I wouldnt dream of rehoming them just to get one I can cuddle with...Any thoughts?