My parakeet obsesses over playing with me!

by Lauren
(Stafford, VA, USA)

Ever since i tamed my parakeet, she keeps obsessing over finding a way out of the cage to play with me! I think its cute, but after a while i was kind of annoyed... What should i do?

Plus the other male parakeet, he doesnt like to be played with and hes an older bird.

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Feb 01, 2011
My parakeet obsesses over playing with me!
by: Linda

If you have not already, you need to separate these birds into their own cages so you can work with the male. Your bird is lacking in something like toys or good food to be acting this way. A happy, healthy bird with the right kinds of toys and good highly nutritious food does not act like this.

Before moving forward, put both birds into their own cages, get some wooden toys suitable for your parakeet's size so they have something to chew on. Toys have to be changed out once a month and new ones put into cage as birds get bored.

Both your birds need to be eating a high quality organic pelleted diet like Harrison's which is carried here. It takes time to make the change over and here is a link about how to go about it. Before any dietary changes or training, both birds need to be examined by an Avian Vet to rule out illness.

Switching Birds to Pellets article

thanks for writing,
Linda

Feb 01, 2011
Parakeet getting out of cage
by: Tracie

First, you need to purchase a cage that your bird can not escape from. If the bird is escaping when you change the food and water, then you need to purchase a cage with food doors and put a water bottle on the cage.

After doing the above, just get on a schedule with your bird. Maybe play with your bird every time you change or add feed to the dish.

Because we want to make sure our birds eat 80% healthy pellets, like Harrison's, so they don't get fatty liver disease, we put pellets in just before we turn the lights out in the bird room. Then sometime after lunch, we add some organic seed to the dishes.

If you do the above, you could play with your bird at those times and your bird would learn to expect THAT is the time it gets out to be with you.

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