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Taming a Parakeet

Trust is the most important factor in training a parakeet. You are, after all, much bigger than them and their natural instinct will be to feel intimidated. It takes a little time to reassure a young bird that the massive monster behind the cage is not only harmless, but also a friend and playmate too.

Any sudden movements, loud noises and banging against the cage will frighten your parakeet. This also applies to sticking your hand inside the cage, so things have to be taken slowly.

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Gaining your parakeet's trust is the key to taming and befriending

Taming Parakeets Together

The following tips mainly apply to smaller cage setups of up to four birds, if you are taming larger groups, such as in an aviary, it will be far easier. This is mainly because, unless you are setting up a completely new aviary, at least some birds in the flock will already be used to your presence. The newcomers will learn from this and come to see you as harmless, linger with them for a larger amount of time and they will come to use you as a perch.

If you do happen to be setting up a new aviary, spending time with your birds is even more important. It doesn’t have to be inside the cage, but make sure you spend at least a few hours a day outside and around the cage, taking and moving around so that the parakeets can watch and, ultimately, ignore you. Make sure any other family members, or even pets such as dogs, show themselves as well.

Taming a Parakeet Fast

Taming individual birds takes time and effort. If you want to tame a parakeet fast, you’ll need to hold a few training sessions each day. If you do this, in a few weeks you should have a somewhat tame bird. The more time you put in, the fewer days or weeks ti’ll take to gain their trust.

Building up trust is key in training your parakeet and should be the first step in any training plan, whether you’re attempting to get a parakeet talking, perching on your shoulder and performing a few tricks, or even just trying to get a cageful of happy birds that are comfortable with your presence.

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Vyx, 12 August 2021

I have three parakeets two male and one female. The boys have recently, from what I have noticed, fighting. I am worried as one has a slight red spot, not blood, but weren't like this before. There hasn't been a change in routine other than me being home more.

Andi, 24 June 2019

I recently rescued 2 males. I had to reach inside their cage to catch one of them due to having an over-grown beak issue. I then had to seriously clean their cage, as it was in dire condition. It did freak them out for a bit, but I think they know what I was trying to do for them??? After cleaning their food dish (which was gross and caked up), washing out their water container and cleaning out all the yucky, I put in 2 blackberry bramble limbs from my garden and they seem very lively. I've had them for 3 days now, I talk to them, sing to them and watch long do you think it will take for them to trust me? I've loved birds for my whole life (46 years), but this is my 1st time owning any.

Kathy, 12 June 2019

my cockatiel started flying a peeping since the windows are open and he hears outside birds. i can,t keep the windows closed in summer never did this before why i can,t keep MC locked up all the time.

Monolithrose, 17 April 2019

I recently got two budgies, male and female, and we got them from a home with four young boys who obviously were to rough with them, I’ve had them for about a month now and have been doing daily training and trust sessions with them by opening the cage door and just kinda sitting there with my head down and showing I’m not going to reach into the cage and grab them, and when they get comfortable with that I’ll put my hand near the door, If they panic I pull away but if there calm I’ll gently rest my hand on the cage door recently they’ve let me get my hand inside the cage and just today the female let me pet her. The female is not a problem but the male is, he will bite me aggressively and will start hissing if I get to close, I can understand this but I’m beginning to get worried. I’ve owned budgies before and none of them have ever done this. What should I do?

Pauline, 27 March 2019

I have budgie who apart from not flying anymore, healthy enough, but I am worried about her, she just walks round the bottom of her cage, eats food from the bottom or tucks her head in for sleep. Her wings do not appear damaged, although feathers more ruffled than usual. Any help please.