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Hand Training Two Budgies #423965 06/25/12 02:27 AM
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Yesterday I purchased two budgies from my local pet store.They are starting to calm down and one chirped for the first time today and they're moving around a little more.I know when I start hand training after they're 100% okay with me being in the room that I need to separate the birds.My question is,if I train just one of them to trust my hand,and put them together,would it be easier to train the other one if they see the other trusting me?I know they love to mimic each other.Any help would be appreciated.Thanks!

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Re: Hand Training Two Budgies [Re: Shannon98] #423966 06/25/12 03:34 AM
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Hi and Welcome smile

How old are the keets do you know? If you are unsure of sex, I would seperate them now, not wait until you start training as you could have accidental breeding smile

Honestly with two it will always be a bit more difficult to hand tame as the birds have eachother so less likely to bond with you more than the other bird...that said it can be done!

Just go really slowly, one bird at a time with the other in a seperate cage out of sight (and hearing distance). Go really slow, start by using a perch to get them to step up onto and then gradually move your finger along the perch until it's the finger they are stepping on, instead of the perch. It's important to realise if you go too fast it's like stepping backwards and it will erase any trust you've built with the bird up until that point. Go very slow, it's the key - it doesn't make a difference in the long run how long it takes, an extra week or two now for a lifetime of happy loving keets?

Good luck smile


Re: Hand Training Two Budgies [Re: Shannon98] #423970 06/25/12 07:39 AM
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no sorry they wont copycat if you train one the other wont follow suit you have to train both...just the way it goes...and one person doing the training till its firmly instilled in them is recommended...patience...go slow...it wont happen in just a few days or weeks...and sometimes even ..just when you think you made progress...they go backwards for awhile ..but it all eventually gets done. smile

Re: Hand Training Two Budgies [Re: MarleyandMe] #423975 06/25/12 12:43 PM
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I'm not sure how old they are,but they're old enough to determine the gender.I have a male and a female.

Re: Hand Training Two Budgies [Re: illusive Fantasy] #423976 06/25/12 12:44 PM
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Okay,thanks

Re: Hand Training Two Budgies [Re: Shannon98] #423983 06/25/12 04:35 PM
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id like to add a couple things...wish that pic was closer to see the birds better but for sure that cage looks way to small for two birds..bigger is better when you can...a decent size cage at best should be at least 2ft long by 18inches in width an 2 !/2 feet high...with several feeding cups in it....especially with more than one bird... smile

Re: Hand Training Two Budgies [Re: illusive Fantasy] #423986 06/25/12 04:57 PM
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Yeah,we bought a bigger cage yesterday because it seemed as if they were getting too territorial and one really scared the other.I just haven't gotten a chance to take a more recent picture.

Re: Hand Training Two Budgies [Re: MarleyandMe] #423989 06/25/12 08:16 PM
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Actually,I've been reading up on how ceres can be misleading,so I'm not sure what their gender is,or how old they are.I can't separate them because my mom can only afford one cage,the only cages that give them plenty of room are at the pet store,and they're expensive.

Re: Hand Training Two Budgies [Re: Shannon98] #424000 06/25/12 10:58 PM
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try shopping craig list or listings in local newspaper and ebay sells cages MUCH cheaper than pet stores...this is why its important to save a good size money pot for these guys especially when it comes to vet bills...so time to save YOUR allowance or earn a allowance doing things to have your own money for proper things for your birds...you can also check flea mkts just be sure if you do or yard sales the wire of the cage is POWDER COATED and not old style cages not having this ...as bare wire is toxic...and ya dont want round cages either...you can also post on a postcard size paper in grocery stores etc that your looking for a large bird cage at reasonable price for childs pets...

offer to do some work around the house to pay your mom back and earn the money..my kids would dig thru their toys etc and do a side walk sale to get some money...so it may mean even selling some of what you have doing that.

you said you bought a bigger cage so that means you do have TWO cages that you can separate them into for now till you find a way to get something more suitable but you should separate

the very minimum size cage for ONE bird should be 20inches long by 18inches wide by 24inches tall and that would leave only a little room for a FEW toys...and a swing but thats the smallest a cage should be ...and like i said for one bird...any smaller is too small and causes a bird to become stress as a cage should be large enuf for a bird to flap its wings freely without hitting things...

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Re: Hand Training Two Budgies [Re: illusive Fantasy] #424015 06/25/12 11:54 PM
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The first cage I bought isn't even close to the minimum,and my mother's returning it tomorrow.

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