Building an Unbreakable Bond With Your Budgie (It’s Possible!)

“I once had a sparrow alight upon my shoulder for a moment, while I was hoeing in a village garden, and I felt that I was more distinguished by that circumstance that I should have been by any epaulet I could have worn.” » Henry David Thoreau

Many pet owners may believe you can only have a “quality pet” by choosing a dog or cat. This is mainly because it seems so easy to form a bond with them; in essence, to get them to like or even love you. Therefore, a common misconception about budgies is that the same cannot be said of them. This is simply not true.

Budgies are intelligent, extremely sociable creatures. They LOVE to form strong bonds with members of their flock—whether that flock is a group of other budgies or YOU, their owner.

There’s a reason they are the third most popular owned pet, right behind cats and dogs! And it’s not just because they are small and relatively easy to care for.

It is absolutely possible to build just as strong and unbreakable a bond with your budgie as with any other pet. All it takes is a little time and patience! (Oh, and maybe keeping the following tips in mind along the way!) 😊

Get Up Close and Personal

First and foremost, your budgie needs to get used to your presence and feel comfortable with you near. Make sure you spend some time getting up close to your budgie’s cage throughout the day. Appear as non-threatening as possible. Eventually, they’ll begin to relax around you.

Be Vocal

Closeup of a yellow and blue parakeet

As you know, budgies are quite the vocalists. Whether it’s talking, singing, whistling, or just plain chirping, your budgie will enjoy creating a variety of noises. Therefore, being vocal with your budgie is a very important part in the bonding process.

Talk to them as much as possible! They are always listening!

It doesn’t matter what you’re saying. Your budgie will understand that you’re trying to communicate with them, and that communication will go a long way toward earning their trust and setting the foundation for a strong bond and friendship.

Work on Hand Taming

After your budgie has gotten used to you being close to their cage, it’s time to begin working on hand taming them. This can be a slow process, so don’t get discouraged if it takes some time.

Begin by putting one hand inside their cage for a few minutes each day, more than once a day if possible. Don’t try to grab or hold them! Just place your hand inside, somewhat close to them and leave it still. This shows your budgie you don’t plan on hurting them and there’s nothing to fear from you.

Eventually, work your way up to actually having your budgie perch on your finger by getting your hand a bit closer each time you put it in the cage.

Once they seem relaxed enough with your hand beside them, try to have them step up on your finger. Gently push it against their belly, near their feet. Hopefully, they’ll step up. If not, give it more time and as ever, more patience.

Soon they’ll even allow you to bring them out of their cage by hitching a ride on your finger.

Make Them Part of Your World

Once you’ve gotten your budgie comfortable and tame enough to not only perch on your finger, but also allow you to bring them out of their cage (hopefully without immediately flying off) the real bonding work begins.

It’s important to spend as much time as possible with your budgie, but this doesn’t have to be at the exclusion of everything else.

Try putting them on your shoulder as you walk throughout the house and go about your daily routine. Let them be a part of your world and they will welcome you into theirs.

Treats Can Do the Trick

What animal doesn’t like treats? Treats can go a long way with just about any pet, whether it’s for training purposes, taming purposes, or even establishing trust.

Offering your budgie treats by hand will help them develop trust in you. This, in turn, will help the bond between you grow. The more tasty treats you offer, the more they will begin to like you and look forward to you coming around.

Don’t forget to continue providing them a well-balanced, healthy diet, though. A small treat perhaps first thing in the morning and right before bed should do the trick.

Check out my post A Delicious Diet (For Optimal Budgie Health!) to read about the kinds of foods you should be feeding your budgie friend.

Remember Their Nature

It’s definitely possible to own a budgie who loves to be touched and cuddled. However, it’s important to remember that, by nature, budgies aren’t overly affectionate creatures.

They don’t require the constant attention a dog might require, or enjoy the deep petting a cat might like (when said cat is in the mood, anyway). So don’t set your expectations too high to start.

Watch the way budgies show affection with other budgies. You may see how they mainly touch each other’s heads and faces as they groom and preen.

Once your budgie does allow some affection from you, it’s best to keep your touches and pettings to these areas as well.

Each Budgie is Unique

Just like people, animals can each have their own unique personalities, and budgies are no exception.

You can follow step-by-step guides on how to bond with your budgie ’til the cows come home, but you have to remember that they are all different. What works for one budgie may not work for another.

Think about your friendships and relationships with other humans. You don’t necessarily build those connections in quite the same way with each individual person, do you?

Instead, you feel them out. You slowly get to know one another and earn each other’s trust and respect, based on the different dynamics you each bring to the table.

Treat the bond with your budgie in a similar way, and you’ll find you’ve created one in no time.

Consistency is Key!

No matter how you decide to go about forging that special and unbreakable bond with your budgie, never forget that consistency is key.

Relationships of all types take time to build and that’s why I stress the importance of patience, as well. Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither will be the bond with your budgie.

Make a daily routine of putting in the effort to get to know your budgie and it won’t be long before you’ve made a dear friend for years to come.

Enjoy your feathered friend, and as always, here’s to finding your budgie bliss!

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