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Training and Bonding Training your budgie can be quite a feat. Let us help you get through the training and bonding process.

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Old 07-16-2011, 10:31 AM
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Default Best way to tame a parakeet?

I have 2 budgies a girl and a boy, or i beleive they are. I have tried training them for 1 week but i gave up because they were scared of me. Can someone tell me how to tame them the fastest and easiest way? I would love to have them tame, because they are wonderful birds and i just can't wait. Also can me and my brother train them together because he is crying and whining because i don't think both of us can. If not what could we do?


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Old 07-16-2011, 11:34 AM
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First of, get your brother out of their, it scares budgies to have you start off training them with two people. Budgies also learn easier from females, so you might want to have your mom start it out, and then when he is comfortable with her, you can take over.

First, what you want to do, is get you/your mom to get the budgies used to your hand in the cage. Move it slowly bit by bit towards them, and if they run away, stop for a few moments and wait 'till they calm down again. Then slowly move it towards them again. You want to repeat this every day for about a week (5-7 days).

Then, you want to take over if you had your mom doing the first step (recommended). You once your budgie is used to your hand, it shouldn't run away when you bring it towards them, it should be calm, but it is ok if they move a little nervously around the perch. You wnat to change their food and water, and then pick up a perch (preferably a ladder because then they can choose where to step onto it and it is less stressful for them.) Move it slowly towards them, and if they stay pretty still, that is good! There is nothing new, expect they may be a little scared by the moving perch. Push it up in their belly region (see image attached) and they should step up! Say step up as you do this, so you teach them the command. Don't chase them if they run away, wait until they are still, and try again. You should do this until they readily "step up" onto the perch when you move it towards them (this can take anywhere from 2-3 weeks).

After you have completed the last step, and they step up on the perch when told to, put your index finger extended on the perch. Move it towards them. They may not notice the fact that the perch is different, and if they don't push it against them and say "up, up" or "step up" in a firm but soft voice. They should step up onto your finger! This is major in the training process, so keep you hand as still as possible. If you move, the budgie may get scared and you will have to start the training process all over again. If they are scared wait and try again. Do this for about a month, or until they are comfortable.

Then, you want to move onto finger training. Your budgie should be very comfortable stepping onto you finger when it is attached to the perch, so you should just extend your index finger, and push it up against them. They should step up, and again, if they don't stop, and try again when they stop moving. this process can take up to 2 months for them to get completely comfortable with this.

Then, you can finger train out of the cage, but they must be completely comfortable with the other step before doing this.

You can read the full instructions at this website.


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Old 07-16-2011, 02:09 PM
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The trick which always works for me is to starve the budgie for 5 to 6 hours and then put food on my hand and sit still. Eventually they come to eat and thereafter itís only matter of time.

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Default Starve?

Gee, Budgiebud, "starve" is such a harsh word. Maybe "fast" would be better (LOL). There is a lady on youtube (expertvillage) that has excellent budgie videos, from budgie behavior to diet to training. She covers everything in about 25 different videos. She is always wearing a black blouse and is working with a very young yellow and green baby. The videos are very informative. They really helped me. You should check them out.

P.S. Do NOT listen to the lady wearying the green top that looks like she is at a pet shop. She is an idiot. Even I know you don't grab a budgie like she does.

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there is no fast way.


budgie birds gave you some really great advice.


The way i used and actually still am using on my bird is hand taming. which is the way budgie birds gave you. good luck with you taming.



also. a golden rule when you are with budgies or trying to tame or teach them something is.

patience is a virtue. and NEVER force Them to do anything. always let them be the ones to make the step. I had to learn that the hard way. :/

Yoshi and could be way better off at this point and time. but because i didn't have patience and didn't let HIM be the one to come o me. and i came to him. I basically rushed him to do this and that. well. let's just say bad method.

I had to re-tame Yoshi and I've only had him for 7 months. I am still repairing some damage I might have done to Yoshi's trust.


because when i got Yoshi i starting hand taming. i didn't really wait for him to come to my hand. when he was getting some what hand tame. i screwed it up some how. I an remember he would make attempts to be tame or affectionate and i cannot remember what i did. i think i had grabbed him for something. but alls i no is screwed that up too.

he didn't come out his cage on his own. i used to take him out the cage and take him to the bathroom so he would fly around. he didn't come out on his own. i took him out. he wasn't the first to step onto my hand. my hand was the first to go under his belly and push up.


and in allot of ways my young mind has messed up our relationship. he could be 10x more tame then he is now if he had been the first not i.


like i said i am still earning back trust and trying to teach him things are OK. :/


when you are taming your bird. your really not taming it. you are building your relationship and a bond with your budgie. and by taming. you are slowly gaining your friends trust.

I know I can go off subject. i hope i didn't and I also hope that I have helped you some what with what is bad way to go. Yoshi and i are doing great no a days. he trusts me about 50% out of 100. still working for that 100 one day I'll be there. but not in the mere future.


good luck with your taming. and also it's better to tame both of them at the same time. it's great for the whole monkey see monkey do thing you know.
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Yeah I remember showing the videos to some kids a while ago. I think it's this one you are talking about.

-http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_N91_vzy_k-

Fast is a better word, but you keep your budgie without food for a few hours in any case.

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There is no fast or easy way, as someone else said. Persistence, patience, and love is the only answer. ;D Good luck!
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Welcome to Talk Budgies! Since you are new, I'd suggest you take the time to read the "stickies" at the top of each section of the forum. They have lots of really good information that will help you understand your birds and how to care for them. You have to remember that the birds are in a brand new place and they are scared. Only with lots of time, patience and love can you suceed in training them.
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Like some have already said, there is no 'fast way' to train your budgies. Do not give up, no matter what. The most important and essential thing you must keep in mind when training a budgie - or any bird in general - is to have patience. Patience is the key, remember that! As for your brother, I suggest you run him through how important it is to build trust with the bird, and training the bird should not be something that should be rushed.

I advise that you begin by just sitting next to the cage. Your brother can also help. I'm going to reiterate that you must have patience. Sit next to the cage with your brother and just talk. Your birds must get used to your presence outside the cage first, and realise that you are no harm. Repeat this for a few days until you feel that your birds have completely gotten used to your presence.

Next, open the cage door and leave your hand at the entrance of the cage. I don't think your brother should join in on this step. You do not want to put too much pressure on the birds. Leave your hand there and just talk to the birds. They will definitely be aware of your hands in the cage, repeat this for another few days. As your progress through the days, inch your hand further into the cage each day. Eventually, your bird should be comfortable with your hand near it ( but not completely next to it!).

Once you've completed this step, it's time to bring in the millet ( or any other foods they absolutely love)! Millet's a treat that budgies love. If your birds do not know what it is, leave a bit of millet in the cage and leave them to get accustomed to it. Once they love it, you can use it as a form of bribery. Basically repeat the previous steps but with millet! They must know what it is, of course. Inch it closer and closer day after day. Eventually, they should want the millet and inch closer to it. They'd be unsure, but after one of your budgies goes after the millet, the other should follow.

Repeat this often, but don't use too much millet a day. As you progress, move the millet closer and closer towards your hand, until it rests on your palm. If they're able to eat from your palm, that's great! Try moving your hand away from their perches so they have to hop on your hand to eat.

If you do this correctly and patiently ( and if they love millet), it should work out! This is only the beginning though. It takes a lot to really build a bond with budgies. Don't worry, just have patience and take everything you do slowly. Patience is the key, remember that!

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Uh, no offense, but you cant tame budgies in a week . And giving up right away is another bad idea. Take everyone's advice; it'll help. BE PATIENT! Many people have had those frustrations before. I am hoping to get a handfed baby, but I might have to endure the handtaming process myself.

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