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April 22, 2019

My budgie just comes to me for treats


I rescued my pet budgie just s month ago. It took him a week to come on to my hand for a treat. But every time he’s out of the cage and has finished his treat he just flies to a chair opposite a big mirror in our dining. He can sit on it practically all day admiring his virtual friend in the mirror.
Even though I love spending time with him he won’t seem to fly to me. How do I train him to come spend time with me. It’s impossible to cover up the huge mirror. And in every room he seems to find one or doses off on a television perch. Could you please help me


Answer:

Hi Alfie,

The best way to make progress with a bird is to have the wings trimmed. As long as he can fly, he can do what he wants to do. If he can’t fly away from you, then you have his attention and he is also dependent on you. He needs you in order to get from one place to another, be out of his cage, etc. His feathers will grow back when he molts and he will be able to fly again. But if you have worked with him and trained him in the meantime, he is more likely to respond to you. If he gets wild again when he can fly, you can have his wings trimmed again. When a flighted bird is allowed to be loose in the house, they get to where you cannot handle them. And this is what you are dealing with. Please check the link below for more information on behavior, taming and training.

Caring For Your Bird

Thank you for asking Lafeber,

Brenda

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