First Time Parakeet Owner! Question!

by Taylor
(Alabama)

I've never owned a bird, but have a lot of other animals that stay upstairs. The Parakeet is staying downstairs in his cage, in my room. I never know what to expect since I havent owned one.

He kind of just sits in one spot, and he doesnt really chirp much. I talk to him a lot, and call him "pretty bird" and he seems to like it. The one time ive taken him out of his cage, he flew off and hit the wall and we couldnt get him back in the cage so we had to chase him around. Since then, i'm scared to take him out!

How long should it take for him to be okay with me and NOT bite?! i'm trying to be patient, but just wondering if this is normal!

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Jan 31, 2012
New parakeet owner help
by: Tracie

If the cage is small enough, take the bird to an avian vet or an experienced bird breeder to have the wings trimmed, first of all. This will keep the bird from flying and breaking it's hollow bones and getting scared of you chasing it to get it back in the cage.

Then you will need to spend time just sitting and talking to the bird and maybe doing homework or reading a book next to the cage every day. This helps the bird get to know you.

Eventually you can start putting your hand in the cage and just sitting there. Do this day after day until the bird comes and sits on your hand. You can help things by putting a treat, like a couple of seeds, on your hand.

Once you get to this point, you get the bird used to you slowly trying to bring your hand out of the cage with the bird on it. This may take another couple of weeks, but eventually it will work.

Please read our parrot training articles on our Parrot Training page for more information on training your bird and developing a relationship with it.

Also, if your bird is not eating Harrison's or Roudybush pellets, see if you mom will get you some of those for your bird. We sell them here, and also your avian vet may have them. Do NOT feed cheap pellets, especially the colored pellets, because they are bad for your bird.

Budgies should eat about 60% pellets and about 40% healthy treats, and seeds can be part of their treat. You will need to read our Switching Birds To Pellets article for instructions on getting your bird to eat pellets. It may take months to get your bird to try them.

For Budgies, I find putting the pellets at the bottom of the cage works better than the high place as suggested in the article, because budgies run around on the ground looking for food in the wild.

Last, but not least, please look at our Toxic / Non-toxic for birds list so you will know what is dangerous and safe for your bird.

I hope you have many years of enjoyment with your bird. Our budgie learned to repeat lots of things we say, without our even trying to teach him. If you listen close to that squeaky voice, you might hear your bird repeating things you say to him all the time. :-)

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