In this video, I present to you the very basics of training your budgie that worked for us. Buying a budgie can be great fun for all the family. If you’re not willing to invest money in buy an already hand raised budgie from a local breeder, then you’d better be prepared to spend time training a budgie that isn’t.
Buy Them Young
The rule of thumb is that the younger a budgie is, the more readily trainable they will become. At around the age of 6 months a Budgie begins to molt (shed old feathers to make way for new). This is a good time to train your budgie. A Budgie older than this can be more stubborn and so teaching an old bird new tricks will require more time.
Give Your Budgie Time To Settle
Think about it. When you were a kid and placed in a new environment, it sometimes took you time to warm to new people. Budgies are a very skittish animals and so the slightest movement in their direction can cause them to take flight.
Being placed in a new environment than the one they’re used to, means it takes time for them to adjust. Generally speaking a good 2 -3 weeks waiting time before attempting to tame your budgie is a good idea.
Approach Your Budgie From The Outside
Get your Budgie used to looking at you from outside the cage. Gently stroke and touch the cage while talking to your bird in a gentle tone. The Budgie may flap around at first but after some time, this skittish behaviour will begin to diminish.
Putting Your Hand Into The Cage
After a week of getting them used to you being on the outside, open the cage door with a treat and slowly introduce your hand. It’s important not to chase your budgie around the cage with your hand as this can damage the relationship. It is sufficient to have your hand in the cage, not moving and allow them to simply get used to it. Do it every day for as long as you like.
Note: It is very important you do not make eye contact with your budgie. Looking them in the eye means they will perceive you to be a predator, and you end up damaging the relationship with your budgie forever.
Feed Them From A Distance
Once the Budgie becomes comfortable with the presence of your hand in the cage, I recommend feeding them from a distance. You can achieve this with some tasty treat like a stick of millet. The tasty millet is quite long which creates a comfortable distance between your hand and the bird itself. Doing this for a few days before taking the next leap is important.
Get Them To Perch On Your Finger
Now is the time to hold the treat in your grip whilst extending your finger for them to perch on. Gently do it and leave your finger there for some time. Be prepared for a little pain and strain in the arm as this requires much patience.
Gently move your finger just above it’s feet and apply some pressure. The Budgie may fly away at first, simply remove your hand, wait for it to perch again and repeat the process. Don’t chase it around the cage.
Letting The Bird Fly Free In Your Home
Now it’s time to let the budgie out of the cage. During this process make sure all mirrors and windows are covered appropriately. It’s important to do this so the budgie does not fly through these and damage itself. The budgie again needs to relearn how to settle into a new environment. Try not to chase the budgie around but allow them at least one hour in their new environment before trying to approach.
Apply the same rules of placing them on your finger or hand and introduce them to your head, shoulder and resting upon your arms. After about two hours the Budgie will be hungry, this is a good time to train them fly to you for food.
Take a treat, hold out your hands and the bird will fly to you. Although Skittish animals, Budgies are very social, and will naturally come to you after some time. Once you’ve mastered all of these techniques, you will notice the Budgie just naturally flying to you and not having to approach him/her.
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