If you happen to own a parakeet, then you will have to train and tame them to make them ease up to you.
However, it is easier said than done. You have to be patient and give efforts to that.
But to make it easier for you, we’re going to provide you with a proper guide on taming a parakeet.
Here I will tell you exactly how to tame a parakeet and get it to spend more time with you. So, let’s get to the main topic straight away.
How To Tame A Parakeet
Below, we are going to show you the steps of taming your budgie.
Step 1: Let Them Get Habituated To The Surrounding
Upon buying a budgie, you must first give them the opportunity to grow comfortable in the new environment you have brought them into. This is an important part as they are very skittish and nervous, to begin with, and thus they need time to adjust. For this, around two weeks should be enough time.
One way for you to make the transition easier for them is by keeping their cage in a room where people are frequently present. That doesn’t mean a very busy place as they might get scared.
Step 2: Stay Close To Them In This Transaction Period
If you want your pet to be able to trust you, then you need to make them see you as a companion. For that, you should keep your parakeet’s cage close to you when you are doing different activities inside the house. For example, you could read a book while sitting near its cage.
Seeing you often will help them identify you and therefore view you as someone they can trust.
Step 3: Try Interacting With Your Parakeet
Once you see that the budgie is not scared of you or nervous around you, it is time for some interaction. Try doing this by talking to it while it is in the cage. You could whistle to it if you want. But patience is required, as they need time to get accustomed to you.
While interacting, do not make eye contact with them as they may think you as a preditor due to how your eyes are set.
Step 4: Interact With Hands
By this point, your budgie should be familiar with your voice. You can then move on to making it familiar with your hands. I am not instructing you to touch the bird; they are not ready for that yet. Just show them your hands while you speak in a smooth and soothing voice.
This will allow them to see your hands and not be threatened by it. You will have to go about this for a week or so.
Step 5: Put Your Hand In The Cage
The goal here with this action is to allow the parakeet to become comfortable with your hand being inside the cage and around it. They might be scared the first few times and shy away, but keep trying. But, make sure to not make any sudden movements, as that will surely startle them and make the process longer.
To make them more comfortable, you should move your index finger close to the budgie. The more familiar they get with your stance or gestures, the more they are likely to get accustomed to you.
If you are scared of being bitten by the bird, then you can wrap a cloth or towel around your hand; it should be enough.
Step 6: Try To Ease Them To You By Putting Treats In Your Hand
After they see your hand inside their cage a few times, you should then try to tempt them to come to you by placing some treat in your hand each time you put it inside. It is completely normal if they do not move towards you even with the food in hand, rather they might even fly away to the other corner of the cage.
You will have to make them comfortable by edging your hand closer and closer each time you put it inside the cage. After some time, they are bound to come and sit on your hand. Try to show them your hand as often as possible, and a way for you to do that is by filling their water and food bowl when they are awake.
Keep in mind that this level of comfort takes time to develop. But, when they do become completely comfortable with having your hand close to them, they will come and sit on it to eat the food you have offered them.
Step 7: Make Them Comfortable With Sitting On Your Finger
You would obviously want your pet bird to be comfortable enough to sit on your finger. And to do that, you have to make sure it is okay with your hand being inside the cage without the presence of the treats. They will be less inclined to move closer to your finger when they see there is no food.
So to encourage them to sit on your finger, you have to gently push them on the chest. This will work as an indicator, allowing them to understand that it should get up on your extended finger. You can also tell them to step up on your finger while pressing on their chest.
This will later help them understand that they have to sit on your finger when you give them the verbal order.
When you do this, make sure you do not push them too hard as that will discourage them from coming close to you. Your weeks of work will go to waste.
Step 8: Be As Stable As Possible
Once you see that your budgie is getting comfortable and is coming close to you, it is the time to be as immobile as possible. Give them the opportunity to get the feel on sitting on your finger. If you make any sudden movements, there is a chance they will get scared and then fly away. That is something you do not want to do.
Keep your hand still for a few minutes once they get on your finger.
Step 9: Take The Parakeet Out Of The Cage
This might prove to be more difficult than any of the other steps, mainly because they have grown used to being inside the cage. And they will not want to leave their environment behind. So you have to be as slow and steady as possible when you bring your hand out of the cage.
Also, make sure the path to the exists of the cage has no obstacles. That will make it harder for you to bring your hand out and thus might scare your bird.
If in case you parakeet flies away when you take it out of the cage, then do not make the mistake of running after it. They might get the feeling of being preyed upon, and thus cause them to be fearful of you.
However, if you are able to successfully get them out of the cage without them flying away, then you should reward them with treats so the budgie would be encouraged to do so again.
Step 10: Carry Them To A Different Room
You have to make the bird more familiar with the whole house, to do that they have to be in different rooms of the house at first. So, with the budgie perched on your finger, stroll into a different room. Make sure the room you’re taking them to does not have the ceiling fan on as they might get injured if they try to fly away.
Again, if they do get scared and fly to a different corner of the room, give them some time. Do not chase after them as they will not want to come back to you.
Continue doing this for a few minutes every day so that they start feeling comfortable in all the rooms
Step 11: Teach To Move From One Finger To The Other
When you see the parakeet has become comfortable being perched on your finger and is okay with roaming around the house without any fear, you can then try to teach them to shift from one finger to the other. The process is not hard at all.
You will have to show it the index fingers of both your hands, they will automatically get on one of it. After a few mins, push the bird’s chest with your other finger. As you have trained them to climb the finger that pushes their chest, they will comply without hesitation.
Don’t forget to treat the bird each time it is able to do something new, so they will be encouraged to do so again.
And that is all you need do to properly train your parakeet. There are many steps involved from the starting to the ending, but none of them are difficult. The only issue here is the time needed for them to get accustomed to you.