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  1. I just add this post to say thank you to everyone that helped me years ago with Gumpy. He became a great bird, much loved and he was so tame and just beautiful. Unfortunately he died today, I believe of a heart attack. No one ever thought he was going to live for that long. He was soooo great. He will be deeply missed. I wanted to thank the forum as well, as I could find some photos that I lost, because my old computer had crashed. Without this forum I wouldn't have the photos anymore. Thank you.
  2. I believe you are absolutely right. I do believe it's his only way to say, what he doesn't like. But now, that he also did experience nice things, he does now enjoy the good things as well, while before he was biting. So every afternoon I take him out, and he just wants to be near my hand and sleeps. Sometimes he wants to be cuddled and sometimes not. I don't force him. But I am happy the way we are now. If he gets any tamer than that even better. And sometimes he doesn't want to come out at all, so I just leave him. Thank you all for all your help with Gumpy.
  3. Hi everyone It's been a long time you heard from me and it's been a big journey for Gumpy and me. We had to move and he was for a short time around a dog as well. He was really good with all that. But what never stopped was his biting. Anyway, I got used to it. I still took Gumpy out. Let him crawl around. But his flying around was getting really scary. He flew into walls and flew uncontrolled. Remember, Gumpy got splayed legs. So he can't control the flying. So I took him to a pet shop and these guys really helped me heaps before. And they suggested not just to cut one wing. To cut both. So
  4. I actually do use a little towel for the bath. It's the only way also to take him out of the cage. But I figured out a way today. When he is hanging up in the cage, I just place my hand underneath. He doesn't bite. He is then okay. So I have to teach him now to walk up my hands. we had a lot of training today. And he seems all happy and is talking like a champion. I am sure we will get there slowly. The more patient I am the better the result will be. He actually doesn't fly away of my hand. Which is a good sign. Only when I start walking he starts to panik. But the second time we did the same
  5. Thank you so much for all your advise. I think I have a lot to learn. And it will be a slow process because when I put my flat hand in with millet on it, he bit my hand straight away. I haven't got very big fingers or a big hand. Actually very skinny, so it really hurts. But i have to learn to keep my hand there even it hurts. I am sure that Gumpy will learn. He is very scared of new things but at the same time adventures to discover too. But I have to be very patient. I also know that Gumpy went through an attack by another bird while he was still in the aviary. And I am sure that might
  6. I gave him once a mirror with a little bell underneath. But that's when all the biting started. But yes you are right too. Because I always see Gumpy biting his feet. Specially one foot. The one he can hardly use. Maybe I should give him a toy again. It must be hard for him to live the way he does. That's why I want to make him happy. Everybody loves him because he is so cute. But everybody is also surprised he is still alive. But I really do look after him and care for him.
  7. I haven't posted for a while and just wanted to give all your good helpers an update. It is an up and down with gumpy. What I realised is, that when I put my fingers to the cage and try to cuddle him on his chest, he usually bites. Not all the time. Sometimes he likes it. When I try to get him out of the cage, he really gets nasty. But once on my hand, he starts to settle down. Remember Gumpy can't just fly out of the cage or walk (he got splayed legs). I can't teach him the up, because he can't walk. When I put my hand into the cage, he is actually quite okay. But as soon as a finger goe
  8. Cool. I am glad he is a male. I will take some more photos of him and will enter one for the budgie of the month. He is so cute, so who knows. Thanks for all your help.
  9. Gumpy was born in october. But I am glad to hear you believe it's a male. That is giving me heaps of hope that I can teach Gumpy to stop biting. He is really cute. His sister too. I have to take photos of his sister as well. She is cute too. Her name is Silly. As I always keep things simple. We have Willy, the male. Lilly and Milly. Willy had babys with Milly which are Silly and Gumpy. Only reason for Gumpys name is, because he is special. So I named him after Forrest Gump, because Gumpy can't run. I will take some pictures soon of the whole flock. We had to seperate Silly because she attacked
  10. And I always thought I was a computer expert, but that took me a while.Anyway. I took those photos in december but the cere of Gumpy hasn't changed much. It's sometimes a little bit more blue but then changes back again to what it is one the photos. Don't forget, Gumpy has got splayed legs. I am trying to figure out what's the best home for him/her. If I would build a cage one meter high, he would climb to the highest point but also fall from high too. But I saw Gumpy happy in a "not recommended" birdcage because he can climb but not walk or fligh. Tried a wide cage. But Gumpy just sits there
  11. Hi Just wanted everyone to let know, that Gumpy is doing better. I realised when I take him outside and have him next to me, he is okay. He just doesn't really like yet to be touched. But we are getting there. Slowly. I just spend as much time as possible, so he is getting used to me more and more. Anyway. Maybe somebody is able to tell me if Gumpy is going to be a male or a female. His sister is definately a female, as she was fighting with the other females in the avory. And her cere is really dark brown. Even she is only five months old. But Gumpy's cere is very different and still looks t
  12. Hi Elly Thanks for that. I definately will read your budgie training. This morning and also yesterday when I got up and went to Gumpy and opened the cage, he was sticking his head out. I can cuddle him for a little while on its head. He loves it. But when I go back again he starts biting straight away. It's strange. I believe I have a lot of work to do to tame Gumpy.
  13. me again. hmmmm gumpy hasn't changed. he is still biting a lot. i did actually realise, that gumpy must be scared. he is also shaking sometimes. how can a bird suddenly be scared, while he was happy before to be cuddled. or could it be that gumpy was always scared but wasn't brave enough to bite. i have been trying to work with gumpy and teach him when he is good or bad. i realised, he doens't react on the word "no" but he does react on the word "bad". so when gumpy is good and he doesn't bite, it give him millet. you reckon that can be a go? i can hardly take him out the cage anymore, without
  14. I am so happy to get those responses. Gumpy is bye the way three month old. Close to getting four months. So it sounds like you are all right. I actually did take a little toy out yesterday. I gave Gumpy a little mirror with a bell underneath. He loves it. Or she. So I thought, maybe it just loves it so much, that Gumpy is protecting it as well. So today, Gumpy still bites, and yes I am trying not to pull back, but I think Gumpy is a little bit less aggressiv. I might leave the toy out until Gumpy is more used to be handled and then give him the toy back. I really hope one day he will stop bit
  15. Hi I am new in this forum, but I really do hope I will get some help. It is an unusal entry, because I actually rescued my budgie. We do have four other budgies, well we had actually three, but they had babies, so we have five. One of the babies though just appeared to be handicaped. But we couldn't really see what was going on, until we undid the whole nest and realised, that he couldn't walk. I made a lot of research on the internet and found out, that he had splayed legs. But the budgie was already four weeks old. Too late to do anything about the splayed legs. So we took him out of the bi