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Star won't let me hold her

So yeah, like the title says...

I'm not sure what to do. I've seen wrapping a bird in a towel, I've seen slowly approaching the bird, I've seen taking the bird to a comfortable spot in the room (it was for training a canary, but I wonder if can be used for a budgie?), etc.

I had an idea. What if I brought both her and Sky with me next time I took a shower? Maybe she might get comfortable around me and might feel more comfortable around Sky? If that won't work, I dunno what to do.

I've clipped her wings twice now, so I thought it would help; but I'm at a stalemate, not knowing what to do.

P.S. I took Sky into the shower with me (I didn't get her wet and the toilet lid was down, don't worry!!!) and I think she liked it.
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I have two questions. How long have you had your new fix and did you or someone else clip her wings? Some bird are naturally shy and just need to take their time coming to you.

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With budgies sometimes millet training works best. You hold the millet where the bird can't see your fingers and let them come to it to eat. Then over time move the millet closer to your hand and then eventually have the millet where the bird has to step on your hand to eat it. I've read where this has worked for other budgie owners.
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I tried EVERYTHING to have Scully get on my finger! It happened one day when he had nothing to step on and he didn't look wher ehe was stepping... It was right on to my finger so I pulled him out and after 10 seconds I put him back! I think it was then he realised I wasn't bad. Just keep trying and something will happen!


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Do you know how to "ladder" a bird? Take him in the bathroom and shut the door so there isn't much room for him to get away. Then keep putting him on your finger until he learns to stay there. Then begin to ladder him from one hand to another. Budgies are pretty easy to train. It shouldn't take more than a few sessions and he should be jumping onto your hand.

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Whoa, thank you for all of the suggestions!

I took all six of my birds to the shower with me and they loved it! It took a while to get Star out of her cage beforehand, but afterwards, she was a little more willing to let me hold her. She's a bit stubborn, but that could be because she's shy.

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I have two questions. How long have you had your new fix and did you or someone else clip her wings? Some bird are naturally shy and just need to take their time coming to you.
I've had her for two years, I think?

And I clipped them myself. I don't like doing it because it scares them.
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I recommend stick training, it is my favourite method and works almost every single time I've tried it.

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Ah right, I'll try that! Thanks.
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It should work, the bird will feel more comfortable stepping up onto a stick and you'll make faster progress. The bird then is close to you and learns that you are not a threat to them. As it progresses you get the bird to step off the stick and onto your hand. It's always worked for me so I hope it works for you!

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Hi Osprey - I have a long history with budgies and have always found that for some strange reason they seem easier to train in the evening then in the morning. They just seem more settled then and open to suggestions.

If Sky is easily coming in and out of her cage on your hand, and eating treats from your fingers, then I'd slowly and gently stroke her only once while she was eating her favourite treat from your fingers. When she seems unconcerned by this, then extend the stroke time. Don't move straight to the head or back as this is where a bird of prey would first go and so much more likely to scare her.

Just remember baby steps and you'll earn and keep her trust.

Though, gosh, with six birds you must be pretty experienced so I've probably not added any value to your thread -
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