Many people underestimate the intelligence of Budgies. Budgies are smart creatures, can be trained to do various tricks on commands, such as fetching, flipping over, playing dead and much more. Another thing most people don't know that Budgies can TALK! In fact, Budgies are ranked among the top 5 talking birds.
I have a budgie that says "Pretty Pretty Bird", "Watcha Doing?", "Gimme a Kishy." and he's trying to learn more words.
They key to teaching a budgie to talk is repetition of words. Spending time with them and trying to bond makes the process easier, as a scared budgie is most likely not going to attempt to say a word. You need to be its friend for it to want to imitate you!
Budgies are also very friendly, especially the male budgies (although there are exceptions to this rule). Male budgies are more likely to talk and are sometimes easier to tame. I've had birds that bonded with me in a month.
It is easier to tame a single bird than trying to tame multiple birds at once, which is why I prefer getting 1 budgie at first. You can keep just 1 budgie provided that you spend enough time with it on a daily basis. Then it will consider you as its friend, a member of its flock. If you can't spend much time, then better get it a friend.
The major mistake we Bangladeshis make is that we keep the birds in balconies, or outside. Budgies are better kept inside your room, where you will spend most of your time. The climate of Bangladesh isn't very suitable for them, so they may get sick often if kept outside. If you keep your budgies in your room, it will recognize you faster and will get more comfortable around you.
Talk to your budgies everyday in a soft, calm voice. Let it know that it's safe to be around you. Never grab a budgie, that will only scare it more and cause it to dislike you.
There are many websites that explain how to handle budgies.
New budgies are likely to be afraid of everything around it, as it'll be separated from its flock at the store and will be moved against its will to your home where it'll be seeing many unfamiliar things...if I were a budgie, I'd be damn scared! :eek: So it is only obvious not to expect a budgie to be tame right away, even if you get a hand tame budgie from a breeder or from a different owner.
Give your budgie food, water and toys and just sit in front of it and talk to it in a soft voice. I try to sound as cute as I can (I don't know if that helps but my budgies tend to stay calm). I usually say things such as "Good boy/girl" and "Pretty Pretty Bird" and "watcha doing?" and some other random things that comes across my mind. Then I try to take it out of the cage after a few hours and and have it sit on my index finger. Your budgie is likely to freak out and fly away but you need to stay calm. If it flies away, try to put it back in its cage and try again the next day.
You can try to practice step-ups the next day. When the budgie is outside and perching on your finger, gently press your index finger of the other free hand against its tummy. The budgie may be reluctant at first, but more you do it, faster it get used to it and will step up on the other finger. At this point your budgie might try to bite...and my advice, let it bite and don't back off. If your budgie manages to frighten you and get you to leave it alone by biting, it's gonna keep biting you every time you try to handle it. My new hen bites me 80% less after 3 days of being with me, perches on my finger and steps up better.
You can also place some seeds on your palm and have your budgie sit on your palm. Fiddle with the seeds to make sure it sees the food. It should start eating from your hand sooner or later, and this makes it trust your hand more and be less afraid of it.
Try to spend at least 30 minutes trying to tame it. Don't be upset if your budgie doesn't let you stroke it or pet its back or its head. None of my budgies let me do those, but they just love to play with me anyway and fly to my shoulder, eat my bread while I'm eating it. Some budgies just don't like being cuddly but they can still be very tame and friendly.
Your budgie should at least get comfortable with you being around in about a month. Some budgies take longer to tame, so don't give up.
It is easier to tame a young budgie than an older one.
Patience is the key. :)
There are many websites that explain how to handle budgies. Do a lot of research if you really care about your birds and want them happy.
I talk about my taming methods in this video briefly.
Warning: I speak in Bengali language in this video, but it mainly says what you can read on the left.