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.
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.