ENGLISH AND OTHER BUDGIES BEHAVIOR AND TRAINING
Baby budgies can easily be taught to become friendly, well-behaved and sociable pets. The first step to take is learning to keep your budgie calm, which is quite easily done. Budgies will respond to the mood of the person handling them so, you must be calm yourself in order to calm the budgie. Soft background music and low lighting may also help to set a calming mood, especially when your budgie is new to the household. Keep your movements slow and talk to the budgie in a low, quiet, calm voice.
In a calm environment, the budgie will willingly accept cupped hands as a perch because they offer him a hiding place. Once the budgie has stepped into your hands, you can close them to cover him completely and bring him close to your body and give him a chance to further relax. After a few minutes of cuddling and soft talking, open your hands slightly to allow the budgie to extend his head and neck out and then slowly begin to stroke his head.
Birds can not reach the feathers on their neck and head to groom them therefore, your budgie will accept your preening of his head and neck as he would from another bird. Preening and caressing the budgie’s head and neck will help to bond the budgie to you.
Learning to recognize a budgie’s body language will help you interact more successfully with him.
When a budgie is nibbling at his food or a toy, or your finger, in a fast, agitated manner, he does not want to be bothered. Give him some space.
When a budgie bobs his head up and down he is asking for attention and would probably like to be held or sit on your finger.
When a budgie lowers his head or looks like he is bowing, he is showing his acceptance of you and is asking to be petted or preened.
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