We have 6 budgies, two that are tame. They were both hand fed and are sweet birds. We let their flights grow in and they became little pains in the butt. They would not step up anymore. We could get them to come out and off they went until we used the towel to catch them. They wouldn't even step up onto a stick
Today we let them out for one last woohoo fly by and when they were tired we caught them and clipped their little freedom feathers. Guess what happened next? They stepped up, let me give them both scritches and tickle their tummies while laying on their backs again! It is so nice to be able to interact with our bugs again
Frenchfry is the super tame and socialized hen and is much better with people than with her own kind. She will sit on my shoulder while I do stuff around the house now.
Our one legger I will never clip. Hopalong is not tame at all and would never step up. He still flips out when I change his food. I do let him out almost every day though, because he flies around and visits the other cages. Then he is done and just goes home to his cage happy as can be. I have never had to towel him, not even once. That is one smart bird.
Our albino used to be tame but we didn't keep at it and she doesn't like to be touched, she never did. So we leave her be. Most of the time she won't come out to play. She is mate to Happymeal who got clipped tonight.
We also have Cosmo who has a bent wing and chewed toes. She is with Friend and they are mated. I don't like to clip Cosmo because she has a hard time gripping so is in a smaller cage and rarely flies although she can quite well. Friend needs his clipped so I can do some training with him. Another day it will be his turn.
Next came Sweetpea our parrotlet hen. We let her flights grow in, it took almost 9 months! She became unmanageable also. Before she would sit in my husbands shoulder and nap and remove his necklace and eat millet from our hand and run back and forth on the back of the couch. So we clipped her tonight and instantly she was willing to be held and scratched and fed and sit on a shoulder. She is a nice again.
We have been going through too much food in the flight cage because Frenchfry is one of those hens that just has to kick all the food out of any type dish. All the food, so the other two were not getting enough. I watched her on Saturday and she did it three times. Today I got out the house cage, moved the other cage a bit and put her in it for ever. She has a nice large cage to her self and her food dish is one of those hooded round sits in the ring type. I gave her a silo type for pellets and a normal water dish. She was a bit unhinged by it all but she has been through this once before and didn't stop. I will let them all out for play time so she can play with her buddies. And she will remain clipped so we can enjoy her. They still fly in hops of about three feet, just no lift.
Life suddenly became less stressful.