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  1. How do I train my budgie to talk?
  2. What are the best steps for training your budgie overall?
  3. My budgie usually talks and babbles quite a bit but lately she stopped talking completely. Is something wrong with her or has she just decided to stop talking?
  4. I'm really bad at knowing when my budgie has said something.I try to listen as hard as I can but I think he's having a little trouble learning the word "hello". I am wondering if I should start teaching him another easier phrase such as "pretty bird
  5. I have just recently bought two male budgies and they dont seem to eat much there budgie food is in the tray and water but they dont seem to eat I dont knoe what should I do? My blue budgie always shekes it tail and is a little shaky itself wahts wrong.
  6. Can budgies learn to talk if they are in pairs?
  7. My budgie often nips at my lips when I am in one of my training sessions and it hurts. What can I do to stop him.
  8. I had bought two budgies about two days ago.I don't know what sex they are and their age.Can you tell me? Should I get my budgies out of their cage because I just bought them for two days? Do they fly away when they are outside their cage? (sorry for my
  9. We want to get 2 baby budgies. Will we be able to train them if they live together in the same cage?
  10. i had 2 budgies when i got the first it was very loyal to me it was like my best friend. A year later we thought that our budgie looked lonely so we got it another budgie (it was a girl) they were the best of friends although the other budgie never was fr
  11. I see three refrences to the type of bird Victor is: 1. A parrot, 2. A parakeet and 3. A budgie (or budgerigar). Are these all the same thing? I know parrots can learn to talk, but never thought the common every day household budgie could??? I have
  12. how can I get my paraket to talk
  13. Is it better for a Budgie to have a cage companion?
  14. We have PJ and he is pretty but I have a problem with him. I clean his cage feed him and talk to him all the time. The thing is he bites me all the time and he bites hard but my husband he will never bite and he will sit on him and love on him but if I
  15. how do you know if you have a male or female parakeet? Is there a way to know by its beek?
  16. How and why do talking birds talk and other birds sing?
  17. i had one budgie who was kinda tame but my brother bought another one and the first one isnt as tame anymore and the 2nd one is very frightened of us humans, is there anyway i can get them both used to me and my brother? and get them tame and talking?
  18. How do I potty-train a budgie? It only goes to the cage for eating, other times it flies all around the room, sleeps on top of the cage. (I don't want to clip its wings)... needless to say, it doesn't understand anything I am saying to it.
  19. My bird can happily sit on my shoulder but it is terrified of my hands. What do I do?
  20. I've had my budgie for 5 months now, and he is very comfy with my husband and I, but he still isnt talking... I've spent hours and hours with him trying to teach, but he still won't say words...will he ever???
  21. I have 13 budgies, 12 outside and 1 inside that i would like to teach to talk but they keep calling each other. when i choose this one it was a loner and about 5weeks old. do u think that i have a chance of it talking any time soon??
  22. Jas has learnt to say a few words and phrases, ie hello gorgeous, pretty boy etc, could you please suggest some words and phrases, budgies like to say. Regards Sonya
  23. Can any Parrot or Budgie be taught to conversate on a daily bases?. If yes how. Also can a parrot be taught to grip items like pencils?and how? Lastly can a parrot or budgie learn to read like babies are taught. I know it's crazy but if it's by chance tru
  24. I have a budgie that I just adore. I take him out lots, and when he's out of his cage, I kiss him and pet him and talk to him, but the problem is that in order to take him out I have to grab him lightly with my hand and pull him out! When I try to get him out with my finger as a perch, he always jumps off right before the cage opening. What's going on? I don't want to keep pulling him out with my hand!
  25. How do tame your Budgie and also does it take a long time to train your Budgie to talk,do Budgies poop alot or do they poop when they are flying.Please send back!
  26. hi there... erm how do you "train" your budgerigar to rest on your finger? and will it fly all around the room when you first release it? and will it fly very high? and wil it be very hard to get it back into the cage?
  27. i have a baby budgy who i think might be a girl. i am still finger training it and it willingly hopes on my finger when im holding a treat. the problem is when i try to get it to go on my finger without the treat it bites my finger instead. what can i do? also when i try teaching it to talk it just chirps. iv had it for about a week or 2. how long will it take bfore it says its fist word and if it is a girl will it take longer? thanx for all the info this is a great site!
  28. How do I know that the budgie in Petshop has good "learning skills"? 1.Does sex matter? Are malebudgies usually better at speaking than female? Victor was a male.. 2.Does color matter? Victor was a blue.... 3.Does age matter? 4.What else does matter? And I have another question, can budgie learn 2 lanquaqes at the same time? I speak finnish and i want my budgie to speak finnish too, but then victors recordings arent useful to him, because victor spoke english..? Thanks, and keep up the good work with budgies!
  29. How old should my budgie be when i start training it to speak?
  30. what do i do the first week with a new budgie?
  31. Hi,just to begin you have a great website!! I'm scared my budgie will get lonely because hes alone in a room for most of the day, I bought him a friend, but she died, i have this one for 5months and talk to him all the time. (The one which died i had for a few weeks, she was blind and very weak)I play music for him all day and there are to lovebirds in the next room. They kind of communicate but i really dont think thats enough,he lands on my arm and hates been out of the cage,hes really frightened of me,im not a big person so i was told he should get somewhat use to me easier. Is there any thing I could to to help him get used to me?? I would bring him down to the living room but we have a big dog which barks alot and im afraid she will frighten him, would that be possible either?? thak you for your time, Tara
  32. should you put a mirror in with a budgie that you want to talk
  33. I have recently purchased a female budgie, Jimmy (which i originally thought was a male). Jimmy is around 5 months old and has just had her first mault. I have tried to tame her but has turned really nasty in the last month. She really enjoys coming out of the cage but as she bites really hard it makes it difficult to get her out. She does come out herself if i leave the door open but she cannot be handled,she wont stop biting. I feel that she might get lonely as we can no longer handle her and would like to get her a mate. Is there any chance of taming a mate when she is so nasty? Do you think she would get lonely if we cannot handle her?
  34. My budgie is really hard to train due to uncomfort. we've had him for about 3 months and we've left him in an empty room the majority of the time. i'm just wondering is it to late to make it stand on my finger or or make it feel at home. and most importantly will he be afraid of me forever. WHAT DO I DO ?! by the way your other training tips were very helpful (thanx).
  35. my friend just gave me her budgie a few days ago, but im scared of reaching in his cage while putting food and stuff because he bites, even when you put your finger on the cage sometimes he bites at you or tries to, i don't know wot to do coz im scared of reaching in, because he might bite me
  36. Hi i listend through some victors recordings and wonder if i play his recordings to my budgie will he be able to keep up and learn to talk like that please let me know
  37. MY budgie is about 2 months old, I have had for about 3 weeks, how long will it be before it will start talking?? Thanks, Holly
  38. Hi! I heard you on George Noory last night and I have 2 budgies that are almost a year old. I love my "kids" with all my heart and Have been concerned that they don't talk yet. But I keep saying the same thing to them every day and from the little time that you were on, I got the impression that I just need a lot more patience!! I printed your "teaching budgies" info and am going to put it into action. thank you very much!! Patrick P.S. I also "adopted" a pair of cockatiels from a neighbor that suddenly had to leave town. the 4 of them get along very well. will the cockatiels make training the budgies any more difficult?
  39. I have a cockatiel who was about 6 months old when I acquired him. He has about 18 words he can say now but there are time he will chatter unintelligbly and he will literally laugh how would I teach him to talk clearer? I heard you on Coast to Coast am the other night and heard Victor and was I ever impressed. thank you for your time. Eden Williams
  40. Hello, I have recently bought a budgie and I am trying to teach him to talk and respond to me, and in general be comfortable around me. Ive had him now for about 2 weeks Every morning first thing I take him out of the cage -usually on my finger but he wont get on my finger automatically, i usually lift his toes out from user his perch with my finger and he steps on- and let him fly around my room for 20-30 minutes while i eat my breakfast and talk to him. I play him music and occasionally sing ot him. And while it's obvious he's listening, and occasionally making experimental noises in return he's not actually making any human sounds. Also his mood seems ot differ greatly day to day. Sometimes getting him to hop back onto my finger -by guiding him towards my outstretched finger with my other hand- and carrying him back to the cage can be a real pain and other times he is utterly compliant. I want to know if this behaviour is normal, and how long roughly it will take for him not to fear my every move. He often flinches when i move around the room or near him for example. He has nipped me only once very lightly when i tried to stroke his head. He often lets me stroke his chest without complaint however, but again this comes and goes. sometimes he just wont let my hands near him. It seems to follow the pattern fo whether the curtains are open or not, if he can see daylight he seems hyperactive almost, and rarely lets me near him, but if i pull the curtains he lets me all of a sudden. As a newbie to training budgies I just want to make sure Im doing all i can for him. Oh any 20-30 minutes every morning isnt all th attention he gets, while oim in uni most of the day, I usually leave him some music on or in front of the telly during the day, and eat my dinner with his cage beside me, and Ill tell him about my day. He goes to sleep quite early too is that normal? he's usually dosing by about 7.30? Thank you Duncan
  41. my budge is 4 month old and he bits every time you go near him. would it hurnt to take out all his food and make him come to you when he is hungry
  42. Out budgie accidentally flew away while on holiday and and 2 months later we got a new budgie. Miraculously our budgie was rescued and we have now got him back. Both are hand reared budgies. But the big question. Do we put them in one cage, keep them both in separate cages? If they are in separate cages but can still hear each other will this effect their speaking. Our original budgie speaks very well and the new little baby cannot speak yet? Ideally we want them to talk. We don't really want to part with the new one. What is the best solution?
  43. I have had my budgie "Smuggler" for about 2 months, and it is really hard to keep tabs on his moods.. One day he will happily come out of his cage and sit on my or my wofes shoulder, and the next he keeps jumping back into his cage.. I try to keep him in the room with us, but when we are watching TV he sqwarks his head off.. and we end up having to put him in another room, is there a reason for these behaviors?



  1. How do I train my budgie to talk?
    Not all budgies learn to talk. Some may not want to. One of the first steps is to get it to bond with you and listen to what you are saying. If you notice that it listens to you carefully than it is trying to understand you. When you talk start with short 10 or 15 minute speech training sessions where you repeat the same thing over and over again. Once it starts to talk it usually takes about 10 sessions to get it to repeat what you are saying. Other times speak to it like you would a person and it will start learning to understand you. Here are some tips for training your budgie. Click the banner below.
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  2. What are the best steps for training your budgie overall?
    I have put together a few simple steps that will help you to train your budgie. These are some of the same techniques I used on Victor. Click the button below and it will take you to the link
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  3. My budgie usually talks and babbles quite a bit but lately she stopped talking completely. Is something wrong with her or has she just decided to stop talking?
    Answer 1 When humans stop talking, I would think maybe something is wrong with the throat. Or maybe it's psychological withdrawal, or maybe depression. Maybe a part of their brain is damaged and they can't retrieve words. Does she make other sounds, and is she as active as average of before? Answer by pense78@yahoo.com Member Budgie Research Group Answer 2 I think is is more of the phycological withdrawel or depression. At first I thought she may be sick or something but she is fit as a fiddle. She never really liked talking in the first place and more or less talked to go along with her sole mate Victor, so he would like her more. Now that there are three other budgies who do most of the talking to her, maybe she doesn't think she needs to anymore. It's kind of like she is content at just listening to what they have to say. Ryan Reynolds Member Budgie Research Group Answer 3 On that note, if you don't mind, I'd like to say a word or two. This is so true. I find that both of the birds I have lived with love/loved to listen (I think more so than try to talk). Often, I talk/sing to my parrotlet, Nacho, and he seems so content (almost smiling) just listening...other times he seems to listen quite intently to what I am saying. He talks most often when I am not in the room, or if he can see that I'm taking a nap--the little stinker actually waddles over to the side of the cage near the recliner and looks at my eyelids: if they're open, he just sits next to me, if they're closed, he talks up a storm (stinker!). I think birds like to absorb what's around them...they're quite adept at learning, and I think this is why they prefer to listen sometimes...they're thinking about what's going on, or absorbing our behaviors, voice intonations, etc. I guess some birds live their lives for the joy of observation/learning. I'm always surprised by what they pick up from us. By the way, made it all the way to work today with one of Nacho's feathers stuck to my ear he snuggles there). Best, Erin Barta Member Budgie Research Group
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  4. I'm really bad at knowing when my budgie has said something.I try to listen as hard as I can but I think he's having a little trouble learning the word "hello". I am wondering if I should start teaching him another easier phrase such as "pretty bird
    Answer 1 When I had trouble with the teaching of the word Hello, I shortened it to a happy sounding :Hi !!!! and zip ,zoom he said Hi in the same tone ---try it---it might work fine! Evelyn Brooks- Member Budgie Research Group Answer 2 Others may disagree with me, but I think training a small variety of phrases is best...your bird may simply dislike the sound "hello" enough not to be interested in learning it. For example, I've been trying to teach my parrotlet, for more than a year now, how to say "fig," quite possibly his favorite food. Yet, last week, after repeating a different word (he'd heard for the first time) in under five minutes, he got it! He busted out with "shoelace!!" after I'd only repeated it a handful of times. In short, birds will learn what they want to learn...your budgie might be fascinated by a different word or phrase you teach him, and therefore pick it up more quickly than "hello." Then again, he may not learn anything you teach him, and pick up something else entirely! Repeating things throughout your interaction is good. I've not necessarily had training sessions with Nacho for learning "Goodnight!" but since I repeat it as I cover him for the night, he's begun to say it -- appropriately too, since he only uses it before I cover him at the end of the day. Realistically, your bird may decide not to talk at all, preferring to communicate in his language, and with body behavior -- hopefully, if this is the case, you will love him all the same... Also, a good, varied diet will help your bird feel up to talking if he decides to do so. I've noticed that Nacho has become a more avid talker since I converted him to a more healthy, varied diet (he is a second-home bird). Erin Barta- Member Budgie Research Group
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  5. I have just recently bought two male budgies and they dont seem to eat much there budgie food is in the tray and water but they dont seem to eat I dont knoe what should I do? My blue budgie always shekes it tail and is a little shaky itself wahts wrong.
    It takes some budgies a few weeks to adapt and get use to you. It also takes them a while to adapt to the new surroundings. Often they won't eat or drink much in the first few days. I find the best way for bathing them is either leaving a dish of water out so they can play in it or spaying them with a light mist of warm water.You can also read the tips on training your budgie here. It will also help it to bond with you more and allow better communication.
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  6. Can budgies learn to talk if they are in pairs?
    Budgies can learn to talk in pairs, but it is much more difficult to teach them. I was successful with more than one, only when I had Victor for a few years first and when he spoke well enough got my second budgie. Often when there are more than one they prefer to speak in bird language as they have trouble pronouncing our words. When they are by themselves they do not have an option and often learn to speak our language because they have to.
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  7. My budgie often nips at my lips when I am in one of my training sessions and it hurts. What can I do to stop him.
    I have had several budgies that have done just that. Nipping at lips. They don't usually do it to hurt or try to hurt you but because they are eigther excited about what you are saying or want you to talk more. I remember Victor use to nip at my lips during a training session if I stopped talking because he wanted to hear more. Usually after the first year or so, they get out of this phase if you tell them to stop and that it hurts when they do it. If they continue after a year you can scold them and put them in the cage for a while as punishment. Meanwhile the best way to protect yourself is put your hand over your lips if you are talking to them and they are close enough to sneak in a nip. Just remember that they aren't doing it because they want to hurt you. It is just their nature to be playfull like that when they like or love someone.
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  8. I had bought two budgies about two days ago.I don't know what sex they are and their age.Can you tell me? Should I get my budgies out of their cage because I just bought them for two days? Do they fly away when they are outside their cage? (sorry for my
    If the ceres on there beaks are not dark brown or sky blue they are most likely less than 1 year old. Also if they have rings lines on the top of their head they are also young. Usually a males budgie cere will turn blue at around one year old and a female will be dark brown. You can let them out of their cage. The best thing to do is leave the cage door open and they will usually venture out on their own and return when they feel frightend or want to. You may have to be careful about letting them out if their wings have not been clipped because they can fly into walls and windows. I reccommend that their wings be clipped when they are young so they can get use of their enviroment before they start flying around and they are easier to tame. Most pet stores know how much to cut off and only cut a small amount off so they still have some flying ability left
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  9. We want to get 2 baby budgies. Will we be able to train them if they live together in the same cage?
    Yes they can be trained, but it is much easier to get one to bond than two. I had Victor for over two years before I got him a mate and he totally bonded. Whereas when there are two they tend to bond to each other and aren't as tame unless you seperate them in different cages and only let them stay in contact for short periods of time until they bond.
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  10. i had 2 budgies when i got the first it was very loyal to me it was like my best friend. A year later we thought that our budgie looked lonely so we got it another budgie (it was a girl) they were the best of friends although the other budgie never was fr
    Some people believe that that is the best way. To separate them and they will bond faster. However the downfalls are they will make a lot of noise trying to call each other unless they are far enough apart so they can't hear each other. Also if you do separate them make sure they are both in an area where there are lots of people around and you spend time with them so they don't get too lonely. By the way sorry to hear about your budgie dying, I know how hard it can be when you lose one like that.
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  11. I see three refrences to the type of bird Victor is: 1. A parrot, 2. A parakeet and 3. A budgie (or budgerigar). Are these all the same thing? I know parrots can learn to talk, but never thought the common every day household budgie could??? I have
    I know what you mean, it can be a little confusing at times. A parakeet is a member of the parrot family, and budgies are a type of parakeet. Budgerigars are just the short form for budgies.Victor was basically just a regular budgie you would find in a pet store.
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  12. how can I get my paraket to talk
    The best thing to do is read the section on Tips on Teaching your Budgie to Talk on the main page of Victors site.
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  13. Is it better for a Budgie to have a cage companion?
    I am not an advocate of keeping a budgie all it's life without having a mate. Some budgie's adapt very well to human companionship, but it is only fair that they should know their own kind and have company, especially if they are by themselves quite often. Here is a link to an article I wrote on my website called "The Flock Factor" which talks about what the chances are of getting a budgie to talk when there are more than one. So if one of your main goals is to teach it to talk, you may want to read it. Here is the link(just cut and paste) http://www.budgieresearch.homestead.com/flockfactor.html
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  14. We have PJ and he is pretty but I have a problem with him. I clean his cage feed him and talk to him all the time. The thing is he bites me all the time and he bites hard but my husband he will never bite and he will sit on him and love on him but if I
    Hi Cathy, So sorry I didn't respond sooner but I didn't realize I had this message in my FAQ que. Anyway, I wouldn't worry to much about your budgie biting you. They usually get out of the stage at about 1 year or 18 months. The reason why he bites you and not your husband is because it probably doesn't bother your husband as much. Budgies are mischievous little creatures at times. They can sense fear and take advantage of it. They don't want to be mean, but they are similar to the way a puppy plays, and can get a little carried away. You don't have to worry though. Even if your skin is much softer than your hubbies, they won't do more than just give you a little pin prick. I have never heard of anyone getting infected from a budgie bite or a budgie taking a chunk out of someone. My suggestion would be, don't be afraid if he bites you, and if he does, pretend it doesn't hurt and he will probably stop doing it just out of respect. One last thing, normally budgies will bond with one person first for several months before they start trusting others. Give him some time and show him that you care by doing things for him ie: giving them their favourite treats etc.
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  15. how do you know if you have a male or female parakeet? Is there a way to know by its beek?
    I think I already answered this question in detail on my FAQ site. Just go back to the site and in the search box put "budgie sex" and I think you will get the answer you are looking for. Good luck
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  16. How and why do talking birds talk and other birds sing?
    That's a good question. Most budgies talk and sing, but if you want to know why some budgies don't talk you should read some of my articles on the main page under budgie psychology. Recommended articles Talking Barries and The Flock Factor. http://www.budgieresearch.homestead.com
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  17. i had one budgie who was kinda tame but my brother bought another one and the first one isnt as tame anymore and the 2nd one is very frightened of us humans, is there anyway i can get them both used to me and my brother? and get them tame and talking?
    Unfortunately that happens sometimes when you get a second budgie. There is not really much you can do about it except seperate them in different cages for a few hours a day and when they show that they are friendly towards you reward them by letting them go back and see the other budgie. The only trouble is it gets a little noisy when they start calling for each other when they are separated.
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  18. How do I potty-train a budgie? It only goes to the cage for eating, other times it flies all around the room, sleeps on top of the cage. (I don't want to clip its wings)... needless to say, it doesn't understand anything I am saying to it.
    Potty training a budgie is probably one of the most difficult things to do with your budgie. The only way to cut down on the amount of mess they make is find a tree limb and attach it to their cage and put a waste paper basket under the area that the perch the most. Just a point though, even though your budgie don't seem to understand what you are saying, I believe that many do pick up and understand our language very quickly but just do not let on that they do.
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  19. My bird can happily sit on my shoulder but it is terrified of my hands. What do I do?
    Eventually your budgie will get use to your hands. It takes some budgies much longer than others. When you go to pick it up, put your finger out and touch it's breast. Eventually it will start to climb up on it.
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  20. I've had my budgie for 5 months now, and he is very comfy with my husband and I, but he still isnt talking... I've spent hours and hours with him trying to teach, but he still won't say words...will he ever???
    Some budgie take longer than others to bond and start talking. They could say there first words within weeks or months. Don't give up though. I have heard of people taking in budgies that someone else has had for years and never talked. Then with the new owner they talk in months so it really depends on how well you bond with your budgie and how much time you spend with him
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  21. I have 13 budgies, 12 outside and 1 inside that i would like to teach to talk but they keep calling each other. when i choose this one it was a loner and about 5weeks old. do u think that i have a chance of it talking any time soon??
    I have the same kind of bird. He will call to the other budgies; but he won't get any pleasure or company from them. Good chance he will turn to you more and more for the attention he needs. But you have to make time for him. Set him times of day that you will fuss over him. You must replace the company he would get from being with the other budgies all day. Good chance he will talk after he has bonded to you. Patience. Sarah Cordish Member Budgie Research Group
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  22. Jas has learnt to say a few words and phrases, ie hello gorgeous, pretty boy etc, could you please suggest some words and phrases, budgies like to say. Regards Sonya
    If you want to learn some tips on teaching your budgie to talk you can join the Budgie Research Group. We are always looking to hear recordings. Your budgie may be saying a lot more then you think.
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  23. Can any Parrot or Budgie be taught to conversate on a daily bases?. If yes how. Also can a parrot be taught to grip items like pencils?and how? Lastly can a parrot or budgie learn to read like babies are taught. I know it's crazy but if it's by chance tru
    Probably the best way to teach your budgie to talk is by listening to the recording of Victor and the other budgies on the Budgie Research Website. We now have over 15 that are talking in context. You are welcome to join by going to http://www.budgieresearch.com
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  24. I have a budgie that I just adore. I take him out lots, and when he's out of his cage, I kiss him and pet him and talk to him, but the problem is that in order to take him out I have to grab him lightly with my hand and pull him out! When I try to get him out with my finger as a perch, he always jumps off right before the cage opening. What's going on? I don't want to keep pulling him out with my hand!
    You have to let your budgie come to you and want to play with you. Try and find something that is interesting for it and use it to attract him. If he is out of the cage most of the time, they will usually start coming to you on their own.
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  25. How do tame your Budgie and also does it take a long time to train your Budgie to talk,do Budgies poop alot or do they poop when they are flying.Please send back!
    It depends on how well your budgie bonds with you and how much freedom and time you give it. You have probably found out by now that yes they poop alot, but their poops are not smelly and can be cleaned up fairly easily. Make sure their cage is cleaned at least weekly. The best thing that I find to use for the bottom of their cage is chopped up corn husks. You can buy them in the pet store
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  26. hi there... erm how do you "train" your budgerigar to rest on your finger? and will it fly all around the room when you first release it? and will it fly very high? and wil it be very hard to get it back into the cage?
    The first few times it may be hard to get it back in the cage but make sure it is in a room so it has limited space. Normally they will go back to their cage on their own after an hour or two. If they don't want to go back in the cage you can turn the lights down, and they are easier to catch that way
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  27. i have a baby budgy who i think might be a girl. i am still finger training it and it willingly hopes on my finger when im holding a treat. the problem is when i try to get it to go on my finger without the treat it bites my finger instead. what can i do? also when i try teaching it to talk it just chirps. iv had it for about a week or 2. how long will it take bfore it says its fist word and if it is a girl will it take longer? thanx for all the info this is a great site!
    It sounds like you have a good start. Girl budgies talk as well so give it some time
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  28. How do I know that the budgie in Petshop has good "learning skills"? 1.Does sex matter? Are malebudgies usually better at speaking than female? Victor was a male.. 2.Does color matter? Victor was a blue.... 3.Does age matter? 4.What else does matter? And I have another question, can budgie learn 2 lanquaqes at the same time? I speak finnish and i want my budgie to speak finnish too, but then victors recordings arent useful to him, because victor spoke english..? Thanks, and keep up the good work with budgies!
    Yes some people say males are better talkers but female can learn to talk well also As far as I know colour does not make a difference and yes a budgie can learn 2 languages
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  29. How old should my budgie be when i start training it to speak?
    You can start training your budgie to talk immediately when you get it home. They can start to learn as early as 5 or 6 weeks
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  30. what do i do the first week with a new budgie?
    Talk to him in a calm and loving way, make sure you feed him and give him his water, and leave the cage door open so he will know he has his freedom whenever he wants. Try not to touch him or make any fast movements near him for that time as well
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  31. Hi,just to begin you have a great website!! I'm scared my budgie will get lonely because hes alone in a room for most of the day, I bought him a friend, but she died, i have this one for 5months and talk to him all the time. (The one which died i had for a few weeks, she was blind and very weak)I play music for him all day and there are to lovebirds in the next room. They kind of communicate but i really dont think thats enough,he lands on my arm and hates been out of the cage,hes really frightened of me,im not a big person so i was told he should get somewhat use to me easier. Is there any thing I could to to help him get used to me?? I would bring him down to the living room but we have a big dog which barks alot and im afraid she will frighten him, would that be possible either?? thak you for your time, Tara
    Hi tara, If you can find a way to make your budgie safe around your dog that would be the best way to get it to bond more with you. They need to be in the same room where most of the activities are going on and that is usually the livingroom and not some room that people do not spend much time in. Never trust your dog around your budgie though. I have heard many a story where people thought they could and it ended up in disaster. The best thing to do is put it in an area where your dog cannot get at it and put the dog outside when the budgie is out of the cage. Leaving the door open will also allow it to become more comfortable and it will know you are not just caging it like it is a prisoner.
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  32. should you put a mirror in with a budgie that you want to talk
    Yes you can put a mirror in with a budgie and it will still talk. If it gets attached to the mirror you can use it to your advantage by taking it out of the cage and the budgies will often come looking for it and even play with it in your hand.
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  33. I have recently purchased a female budgie, Jimmy (which i originally thought was a male). Jimmy is around 5 months old and has just had her first mault. I have tried to tame her but has turned really nasty in the last month. She really enjoys coming out of the cage but as she bites really hard it makes it difficult to get her out. She does come out herself if i leave the door open but she cannot be handled,she wont stop biting. I feel that she might get lonely as we can no longer handle her and would like to get her a mate. Is there any chance of taming a mate when she is so nasty? Do you think she would get lonely if we cannot handle her?
    Chances are and I hate to say this that if one of the budgies are not tame, the other one won't be either unless you seperate them for an extended period of time and get it to bond first. The one you have may just need more time. Try and find something that she likes and use it to attract her to you and that may help
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  34. My budgie is really hard to train due to uncomfort. we've had him for about 3 months and we've left him in an empty room the majority of the time. i'm just wondering is it to late to make it stand on my finger or or make it feel at home. and most importantly will he be afraid of me forever. WHAT DO I DO ?! by the way your other training tips were very helpful (thanx).
    Yes if he is by himself in an empty room he will not be too happy. He has to have a reason to want to bond with you. Whether it be interest in playing or being near you. Usually you should put them in a room where most of the traffic is in the house and leave the cage door open if it is safe and you do not have any other pets around.
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  35. my friend just gave me her budgie a few days ago, but im scared of reaching in his cage while putting food and stuff because he bites, even when you put your finger on the cage sometimes he bites at you or tries to, i don't know wot to do coz im scared of reaching in, because he might bite me
    Don't worry too much about his bite as they usually will not take a chunk of skin out or make you bleed.
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  36. Hi i listend through some victors recordings and wonder if i play his recordings to my budgie will he be able to keep up and learn to talk like that please let me know
    Yes if you play the recordings of Victor, you should notice how interested your budgie is. If they are interested and want to learn to talk because they feel like they are part of your flock, they will learn to talk as well.
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  37. MY budgie is about 2 months old, I have had for about 3 weeks, how long will it be before it will start talking?? Thanks, Holly
    It really depends on the budgie and how well it bonds to you. When it starts to come to you and watch you while you talk then it usually will begin to talk well. Otherwise it may only pick up a few words or phrases.
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  38. Hi! I heard you on George Noory last night and I have 2 budgies that are almost a year old. I love my "kids" with all my heart and Have been concerned that they don't talk yet. But I keep saying the same thing to them every day and from the little time that you were on, I got the impression that I just need a lot more patience!! I printed your "teaching budgies" info and am going to put it into action. thank you very much!! Patrick P.S. I also "adopted" a pair of cockatiels from a neighbor that suddenly had to leave town. the 4 of them get along very well. will the cockatiels make training the budgies any more difficult?
    I don't think the teils will make the budgies training more difficult. They may even learn a think or two from them. Some budgies just decide they do not want to talk, and never learn more then a few words. There are probably only about 3% of budgies that bond well enough to be good talkers.
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  39. I have a cockatiel who was about 6 months old when I acquired him. He has about 18 words he can say now but there are time he will chatter unintelligbly and he will literally laugh how would I teach him to talk clearer? I heard you on Coast to Coast am the other night and heard Victor and was I ever impressed. thank you for your time. Eden Williams
    Hi Eden, I am just some old posts on Victor's the Budgie's site. Thanks for your comments. Just to let you know I have recently done some videos of Victor talking on YouTube that are quite amazing. One of the ways I taught Victor to talk clearer was by teaching him the alphabet. This gives them the ability to practice most of the letters they need to talk clearer. You can check them out at http://www.youtube.com/talkingbudgies
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  40. Hello, I have recently bought a budgie and I am trying to teach him to talk and respond to me, and in general be comfortable around me. Ive had him now for about 2 weeks Every morning first thing I take him out of the cage -usually on my finger but he wont get on my finger automatically, i usually lift his toes out from user his perch with my finger and he steps on- and let him fly around my room for 20-30 minutes while i eat my breakfast and talk to him. I play him music and occasionally sing ot him. And while it's obvious he's listening, and occasionally making experimental noises in return he's not actually making any human sounds. Also his mood seems ot differ greatly day to day. Sometimes getting him to hop back onto my finger -by guiding him towards my outstretched finger with my other hand- and carrying him back to the cage can be a real pain and other times he is utterly compliant. I want to know if this behaviour is normal, and how long roughly it will take for him not to fear my every move. He often flinches when i move around the room or near him for example. He has nipped me only once very lightly when i tried to stroke his head. He often lets me stroke his chest without complaint however, but again this comes and goes. sometimes he just wont let my hands near him. It seems to follow the pattern fo whether the curtains are open or not, if he can see daylight he seems hyperactive almost, and rarely lets me near him, but if i pull the curtains he lets me all of a sudden. As a newbie to training budgies I just want to make sure Im doing all i can for him. Oh any 20-30 minutes every morning isnt all th attention he gets, while oim in uni most of the day, I usually leave him some music on or in front of the telly during the day, and eat my dinner with his cage beside me, and Ill tell him about my day. He goes to sleep quite early too is that normal? he's usually dosing by about 7.30? Thank you Duncan
    He sounds pretty normal to me and you are doing all the right things. Keep it up and he will be talking in no time. I have put some excellent videos of Victor talking up on Youtube that you may want to check out. Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/talkingbudgies
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  41. my budge is 4 month old and he bits every time you go near him. would it hurnt to take out all his food and make him come to you when he is hungry
    I don't recommend that. You may try to take out one of his toys that he is attached to instead and he may come to you for it. Don't worry about his little bite. Once he knows that he does not have an effect on you he will stop biting. I have put some excellent videos of Victor talking up on Youtube that you may want to check out. Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/talkingbudgies
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  42. Out budgie accidentally flew away while on holiday and and 2 months later we got a new budgie. Miraculously our budgie was rescued and we have now got him back. Both are hand reared budgies. But the big question. Do we put them in one cage, keep them both in separate cages? If they are in separate cages but can still hear each other will this effect their speaking. Our original budgie speaks very well and the new little baby cannot speak yet? Ideally we want them to talk. We don't really want to part with the new one. What is the best solution?
    Once your first budgie is bonded and talking it is usually okay to introduce a new budgie to their flock and it should not effect it's talking abilities. I would probably put the two budgies in their separate cages and leave the door open to their cages. They will mingle when the want to get to know each other. I have put some excellent videos of Victor talking up on Youtube that you may want to check out. Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/talkingbudgies
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  43. I have had my budgie "Smuggler" for about 2 months, and it is really hard to keep tabs on his moods.. One day he will happily come out of his cage and sit on my or my wofes shoulder, and the next he keeps jumping back into his cage.. I try to keep him in the room with us, but when we are watching TV he sqwarks his head off.. and we end up having to put him in another room, is there a reason for these behaviors?
    It may be that he does not like what you are watching on TV. Sometimes my budgies will squawk if I watch a violent movie or even UFC. If they squawk will you watch TV, you can either put a blanket or towel over their cage or turn the lights down and that helps to quiet them down a bit.
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