How to Tame Your Parakeet (with Pictures)

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How to Tame Your Parakeet (with Pictures)
How to Tame Your Parakeet (with Pictures)

Parakeets are very fun birds to raise at home. While not difficult to domesticate, the process requires time, patience and consistency. Obviously, don't forget to have fun taming and training your parakeet! The experience will be rewarding for both of you.


Part 1 of 3: Gaining the Pet's Trust

Tame Your Budgies Step 1

Step 1. Let the parakeet adapt to its new environment

Parakeets can be nervous and easily frightened animals. The domestication process won't work so well if they're nervous about their surroundings.

  • If you just bought the parakeet, give it two weeks to get used to its new surroundings. One of the important things for him in the beginning is locating the food and water in the cage.
  • Place the parakeet in a busy room in the house during its adjustment period. As counterproductive as it may seem, leaving him in the middle of the movement will get him used to people's presence and make him see them as companions, not threats. Remember, however, that parakeets have sensitive hearing and should not be in noisy or stressful rooms. Do not leave the pets in a place with a radio or TV turned on at high volume or in a room with drafts. Choose a pleasant environment that does not overload the bird.
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Step 2. Keep the cage close to you during everyday activities

In order for the parakeet to trust you, it must be comfortable in your presence, which can take about a week.

  • Leaving the cage at your side while doing relaxing activities such as watching TV or reading a book can be very helpful.
  • There is no need to interact with the bird in the meantime. The important thing now is to get the parakeet used to your presence.
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Step 3. Interact with the parakeet without touching it

As soon as he gets comfortable with your presence, start interacting with him more. Be patient and take it easy so you don't make the pet anxious.

Avoid direct eye contact with the bird. The parakeet's eyes are on the side of the head, something common in animals that are prey in the wild. Since human eyes are positioned in front of the head, looking directly at the bird gives the impression that you are a predator

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Step 4. Place your hand on the outside of the cage and talk to the parakeet in a relaxing tone

This way, he will start to see your hand as something non-threatening and will be more relaxed in your presence. Repeat this over the course of a week to get the animal used to your presence.

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Step 5. Place your hand inside the cage

Open the cage door slowly so as not to scare the bird and don't try to touch anything after putting your hand on it. The idea is for the bird to get used to the presence of your hand in its environment. It may take another week for this to happen.

If you are afraid that the parakeet will peck your hand, cover it with a towel

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Step 6. Place your hand in the cage with a treat

Slowly bring your hand closer to the parakeet while holding something tasty, such as a millet ear, and see if it will eat. Don't be surprised if it gets scared, crashes, or flies to the other side of the cage.

  • Repeat this a few times, bringing the parakeet's hand a little closer each time. After about five tries, he'll get more comfortable and he'll definitely get the treat.
  • Having a treat on hand when changing the parakeet's feed and water will encourage it to be more comfortable with its presence in the cage.
  • This step can be completed in a few days or just a few weeks. Don't worry if it seems to be taking too long.

Part 2 of 3: Handling the parakeet

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Step 1. Place your hand inside the cage

Use the slow movements and relaxing voice you used when gaining the bird's confidence. As much as he is already comfortable with you and your hand, you still need to maintain a non-threatening posture to be able to tame him.

  • Slowly extend your index finger so that it resembles a perch.
  • If you think the parakeet is going to peck your hand, wrap it in a towel.
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Step 2. Bring your index finger closer to the animal, slowly

It is possible that the parakeet will react in the same way as when you approached to give the treat. If this happens, wait for him to calm down and try again.

If the bird seems nervous, stop and let it try later. If possible, wait to leave for another day

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Step 3. Encourage the bird to climb on your finger

As soon as he is more comfortable with the presence of the index finger in the cage, bring your toe closer to his paws and gently push him up. Apply light pressure as you place your finger close to his chest.

  • If you use force when pressing your finger against the bird, it may get nervous and run away.
  • The parakeet may not understand right away what your intention is. Be patient and try again until he understands what you want him to do.
  • Say "up" while moving your finger to create a verbal signal that can help the parakeet understand what to do in the future.
  • If the bird hesitates, use some millet to encourage it to climb onto the finger.
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Step 4. Keep your hand still

When the parakeet climbs onto the finger, keep your hand as still as possible. As much as the bird is used to perches, it may take a while for it to feel comfortable in your hand.

  • Reward him with snacks, which act as positive reinforcement.
  • Practice using your finger as a perch several times a day, always rewarding the bird.
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Step 5. Take the parakeet out of the cage

Now that the bird is comfortable with the contact with your hand, it's time to practice removing it from the cage. Use slow movements and talk to the bird in a relaxing voice as you take your hand away from the cage.

  • As the cage is the animal's comfort zone, it may hesitate to leave the cage. Encourage him with snacks, but don't force him out.
  • Create a direct path out of the cage, without toys or food or water bowls so you can get your hand out without difficulty.
  • It's okay if the parakeet flies away or goes back to the cage. Remember to close the windows at home so he doesn't run away.
  • Don't chase the parakeet if it flies away or it will see you as a predator. Wait for him to calm down and talk to him. Stretch your finger and try to get the bird to climb on it.
  • If the bird flies back into the cage, let it relax for a while and try again.
  • Removing the parakeet from the cage and keeping it on your finger is a process that should take at least a week of daily practice. Be patient and follow at a pace suitable for the bird.
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Step 6. Walk with the bird perched on your finger to other rooms in the house

When the animal feels comfortable leaning on your finger, walk with it to new locations. The bathroom is a place where parakeet owners usually take their animals.

  • No matter which room you choose, cover windows and mirrors, if possible, to avoid distractions. Remember to keep the place clean and free from hazards such as fans and other animals.
  • The parakeet may fly off your finger because it is a new environment. Remember not to run after him.
  • Offering a treat in the new room can help the bird become more comfortable.
  • Walk the bird for 15 minutes at a time, a few times a day.

Part 3 of 3: Teaching the Parakeet to Climb

Tame Your Budgies Step 13

Step 1. Have the parakeet climb on one of your index fingers

This part of the taming process involves using both hands, so it's best to get the bird out of the cage first. Choose a room that the bird is already used to.

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Step 2. Sit on the floor, in a chair or in bed

Teaching the parakeet to climb on its toes, as if it were on a ladder, is easier when it's sitting. Slowly lower yourself so as not to scare the bird and make it fly away.

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Step 3. Place the index finger of your other hand on the bird's chest, just above the bird's feet

Gently press against his chest, as you did when teaching him to climb on his first finger. Press a little and say "up".

  • If the bird is not familiar with the verbal signal, it may take a few tries before it understands that it should climb on the other finger.
  • Give him a treat every time he goes up a "step".
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Step 4. Practice until the bird moves its fingers up without having to press against its chest

As with other parts of the taming process, practice several times a day, in short sessions of no more than 15 minutes. The act of climbing usually comes naturally to the bird and it won't take long to learn.


  • Do not give up! The domestication of parakeets requires a lot of patience, but it is rewarding.
  • Keep your cool throughout the entire process. As long as domestication can take months, staying relaxed will help with handling the animal.
  • Do not pull your hand if the parakeet pecks. This will teach him to just peck when he doesn't want to be around you. Don't let the parakeet train you!
  • It is easier to train a young parakeet as well as any other animal.
  • When taking the parakeet out of the cage, close all the windows. If you're not careful, it could fly away.
  • In the beginning, it might be a good idea to wear thick gloves so that the parakeet's pecks don't hurt.
  • Millet cobs are high in fat and shouldn't be the only treats offered to the parakeet. Other healthy snacks are fresh fruits and vegetables, seeds and pellets.


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