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Working with a blind budgie or even taking on outings?

jhaylo

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My second budgie, Benji, is partially blind and while we get along pretty well - he is VERY sweet and easy to manage in general.
I've kind of been looking for other ways I could train him, especially because it's hard to use treats with him as, of course, he cant seem them. I can give them to him and he does seem to enjoy it, but it does make training more difficult as I only ever had experience training my sighted bird, Bailey. He does, however, step up very well - I just tap his feet gently and he'll hop on my finger. I'm not sure if I should expect much more but I've been testing him with flying and I'm curious if I should pursue that.
I've also noticed Benji LOVES car rides, he's very talkative on them and just seems happy to be there. If I took it slow, is it possible I could take him on short outings when the weather is right? I know most budgies don't enjoy that - it makes them afraid. And I agree, my other bird for example would NOT go anywhere with me if he didn't have too. But if Benji seems to enjoy it, would it be wrong to try? I'm not sure where is safe to go but I'd love some other opinions. He doesn't seem to enjoy walking as much as the car, however, which I also find interesting.
TIA :)
 

Kassiani

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I adopted a budgie who was blind in one eye with only partial vision in the other. I only had him for a short time (he sadly passed 5 months after I brought him home). But...

Bells. I hung bells near his food and water dishes so I could alert him when I had changed them. I always spoke to him while approaching his cage so he wouldn't be startled. I didn't have him long enough to see if he would enjoy walks in a Celltei backpack I own, so I can't speak to that. If you have a backpack, you could see if you could get him accustomed to it and take him for a brief stroll outside to see how he reacts.
 

jhaylo

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I'm sorry to hear about your baby :( but thank you so much for the ideas, I love the concept of using bells. I'd been trying to think of other audible cues and that just sounds perfect. I'll have to find some safe ones in my toy parts.

I have a carrier but not a backpack, although I'll have have to give it a try and see how he feels. Then maybe we'll take a few walks outside. I have heard great things about celltei... so maybe someday haha
Appreciate the input! :)
 
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