Is it possible to tame budgie(s) in 3 days?

LHAquatics

Yes, I think I tamed them, but I'm not sure. I put bird food on my left hand and put it near them. Then they jump on my hand and eat until they're done. Does that mean they are tamed?
 

mrsP

I would say it's a good start, or we might have different definition for tamed. I would see a bird tamed when you can let them fly in room free, and when you need to, you can easily either get them to go back to cage or catch them. But like I said, we might have different definitions about it. But that's well done for 3 days.
 
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LHAquatics

My learning of taming a budgie is basically gaining their trust. I believe that's your understanding too just in different words.
 
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GlennO

That’s a very good start in gaining their trust. The next step is to train them to step onto your finger when you place it under their bellies.
 
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LHAquatics

How about returning them to their cage. It's such a pain to return them. Any tips?
 
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GlennO

How about returning them to their cage. It's such a pain to return them. Any tips?

That’s why training them to perch on your finger is important. I do that before I start letting them out of their cage. Makes it easy to return them to the cage.
 
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LHAquatics

oh ok, Thanks that's is all I needed.
 
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aquachris

I always said "up" when I would have them step up too.. Eventually they learn that means you want them to step up. Makes life a lot easier. Good job on doing it in 3 days!
 
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BananaBean

I am somewhat of an expert (I have a lot of experience) on budgies, so, to get them to go back in their cage, what I do for my 3 is I hold millet in their cage while slowly bringing them to the millet. They usually hop right in!
That aside, in my opinion, budgies who are let out more are tamer, happier, and healthier.
These are my 3 budgies, from (your) left to right, Stormy (M), Picasso (F), Pepper (assumed M). They are out and free roaming. I tamed them by simply having them out so they could come to me when they're ready. I now have 3 budgies (not hand raised) who have had bad times with other humans, who, after some time, let me touch their backs, and Picasso will even roll onto my hand on her back (all with millet).

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myllkti

To get them into the cage, work on target training! That is the most efficient way to get parrots where you want, especially for when they are not fully hand tamed. You just need a chopstick/stick/something to target, and get them to touch the end. For phobic parrots like my African Grey, you might need a few days for them to even do the initial touch. However, once they do, reward them, and keep it up until they know that stick = touch it. Then, you can get them basically anywhere, even if you may not have millet on hand (esp once it’s a strong trick)!

Lmk if you have any questions on treat intervals! I also have a write-up on how to find the best treat for your parrot and how it can be used to maximize training effectiveness if you want it!

Edit: Oh i realized this topic is a bit older than I thought apologies haha
 
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