Parakeet Training Help

by Jessica

after three weeks I feel like my parakeet is still afraid of me. although she will sometimes sit on my finger, she flies away whenever I bring her near the door of the cage and sometimes she even freaks out when my hand goes near the outside of the cage. I try to interact with her at least a little every day so that she will feel more comfortable around me, but I dont think it is working. How long will this take and is there anything else I should be doing?

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Sep 23, 2011
Getting a parakeet to trust you
by: Tracie

If your bird was not hand fed, then it will likely take a while before the bird will be comfortable with your hand.

You are doing great, please be patient, even though it is hard. If the breeder or pet store did not trim the wings, then take the bird to an avian vet for a wing trim. (I am assuming that you have a budgie in a small cage that you can take the whole cage, if not then don't do this yet because you would have to trap the bird and it would not trust you again for a very long time.)

If you can get the wings trimmed, then you can safely open the cage door and just sit there with your open palm every morning and afternoon without feat that the bird will escape and get hurt in your home. You can put a treat in your palm and eventually the bird will land on your hand every day to eat the treat.

Once the bird is landing on your hand every day, you can slowly bring your hand closer to the door every day. One day your hand will be at the door, and it may freak the bird out going through the opening, but keep bringing the bird there twice a day and eventually you will end up out the door.

In my experience, once out the door they flutter to the ground and start running. I strongly suggest you have the cage in a small area without things the bird can crawl under. Again, the wings need to be trimmed, or the bird may fly into something and break it's hollow bones, eat something toxic etc.

We have training articles on our Parrot Training page that may be helpful too.

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