As most of you will know, I have a budgie called Bentley.
He was an adult when I got him, probably just moulted, as he was in a cage labeled 'baby budgies', and I knew he'd be hard to tame, but he's really
not responding to my taming and training.
He will step onto my hand when out of the cage, but is very hard to catch in the cage. He can be very afraid of humans, but as long as you are some distance away or not bugging him, he will stay relaxed.
So basically, he's quite trained, will step onto my hand, occasionally my shoulder or my leg, but he's not bonding with me.
He much prefers to be on his own in his cage.
Ziggy could be affecting this a bit, but seeing as she's a conure, it shouldn't matter too much, should it?
I thought only parrots that were kind of related would bond. I'm not too sure on that one though, because they seem to be bonding a bit anyway, even though I limit their time.
If I cant get him to enjoy human contact, it may sound awful, but I may have to sell him to someone with an aviary or a couple of budgies. I don't want him living his life in the cage not being played with as much as he could be. I'd much rather some caring person could give him other friends.
I can't buy another, bigger cage, or anything. I just don't have the money right now.
But I adore him, and so does Ziggy, and we're just at plan A. Once we finish plan Z, he may have to go, although neither of us will like it.
Could anyone give me any tips on gaining his trust a little more, and maybe getting him to like me and hopefully bond with me.
P.S, he doesn't respond to treats (millet, greens or really anything) and he will allow me to be close by most of the time, but not interacting.