Taming Your Budgie
parakeet is not difficult and it can take up lots of your time.
If you wish to tame your parakeet you must know you are in for a
commitment during and after the process of taming. A tamed
parakeet will seek your attention and you will be required to
spend time with it daily. Many owners do not realize how
demanding such a small parrot can be. If you plan on working late
hours, or traveling, it is recommended you keep two or more
budgies and avoid taming. A tamed parakeet can easily develop
psychological problems if you fail to meet its emotional demands.
Most parakeets are monogamous, which means they mate for life.
Because of this, they will wish to interact with you as must as
The goal of
taming is to teach your parakeet how to enjoy human interaction.
A properly tamed parakeet will enjoy spending time with you.
Before you tame your parakeet, it is important you have a young
bird, have the wings clipped, and have plenty of treats to offer
to the parakeet. If you are working with an older parakeet you
need to know that taming is not impossible but will take longer.
Baby parakeets are very impressionable in the first year and will
easily imprint to humans. They will easily learn to enjoy human
interaction if worked with.
To start the
process, you need to let your parakeet settle into its new home.
A nervous parakeet needs time to adjust and needs time to
understand its surroundings. He also needs to locate its food and
water dishes, reduce his anxiety, and feel secure and confident
about his environment. This usually takes around two weeks. A
good sign the budgie is feeling comfortable in its environment is
how it acts. A nervous and unsure Budgerigar will sit frozen on
its perch. Before the taming process can begin it is important
you are able to see the parakeet feels secure about its
environment. This means the parakeet will not flutter or show
signs of intimidation while you are in its room (It will go about
its business while you are present).
budgie in a busy room is ideal to start the taming process. Many
times budgies are placed into quiet rooms upon their arrival, but
if you look at the bigger picture this technique seems to be
counterproductive. A budgie that has been separated will have to
readjust to humans and this causes excessive stress. A busy room
will help speed the taming process and will help the parakeet
understand that humans are not predators. In a sense, you are
conditioning him for human interaction.
parakeet has learned to accept your presence and it is active
around you, you can start to gently open the cage door and place
your hand inside the cage. This needs to be done consistently and
regularly throughout the day until the parakeet can handle your
hand inside the cage. During this processes of taming, avoid eye
contact and sudden movements. The parakeet may flutter around the
cage but do not react. This exercise needs to be done until the
parakeet shows no fear of your hand. It can take weeks or days.
Just be consistent and practice doing this.
parakeet can confidently deal the presence of your hand inside its
cage, gently take your finger and try to make the parakeet step up
on your finger. Most parakeets will jump and cling to the cage
bars. Try to position your finger below the breast line and
gently push up. It is important you not jerk your hand back
during this stage. If you have a fear of getting bitten, then use
a dowel. The parakeet needs to step up on your finger and needs to
remain there for a while. Again, this needs to be practiced until
the parakeet can do this without hesitation.
If your bird
is stepping up on your finger inside its cage, then slowly try to
coax him outside the cage while he is on your finger. Do not be
surprised if the parakeet decides to quickly head for a perch or
the cage bars. Just continue trying to coax him outside the
cage. Once out, you can take the parakeet into a room that is not
familiar, such as a small bathroom, a bedroom, or a study room.
While in this unfamiliar room, try giving your parakeet a treat.
You might try step ups or just gently holding him on your finger
while you recite nursery rhymes. During this process keep your
voice soothing and mellow.
This needs to
be done several times a day and within weeks your parakeet will
start to come around. Some take longer and some tame sooner.
Never create an environment that will scare the bird because birds
remember all intimidating situations. An example might be during
a taming session where your parakeet tries to escape and flutters
a few feet away. Your natural instinct would be to chase the
parakeet and place him back onto your finger. This is the wrong
approach. Gently and slowly approach the parakeet and pick him up
with a towel. If you chase him, you might cause the parakeet to
become uptight. The bird could perceive the situation as a
predator and prey chase. This can greatly reduce any hard work
you have done trying to tame the parakeet.
important to be patient. In the parakeet’s eyes, it only sees you
as danger. You have two eyes located in the font which clearly
means you’re a predator. Parakeets have their eyes on the side so
they can scope their surroundings. A parakeet is always alert and
looking for danger, and for the time being, you are considered
danger until the parakeet is fully tamed. Taming takes work but
its well worth the effort. Once the parakeet understands your
intentions his attitude towards you will change. Always move
slowly when progressing towards each step. If you feel you have
moved quickly, take a step back and reassure the parakeet though
your actions that everything is going to be okay.