Rescue / shelter organization
Posted Jan 01, 2015
Getting two of my budgies from a shelter, they were very shy and a little bit aggressive around people who tried to get close. Neither of them had their flight feathers clipped. After about 3 months, the shelter birds warmed up to me and were allowed to fly freely around my bedroom (but not the rest of the house, as we have very high ceilings). I taught them to "step up" onto my finger with a bit of fruit as a treat. After they were accustomed to this, I taught them both to "check me out", which meant they would step in front of the mirror and whistle out a "cat-call". I bought a third budgie from a pet store about 6 months after I got the shelter birds. This budgie was very shy and territorial. He refused to learn any tricks other than the "step up", but became very social once he accustomed to the other two birds. All 3 were male. They get along better than multiple females in the same territory would (previous experience with a friend's birds). We eventually sold the birds on to another owner when a guest came over and was very interested in owning the birds.