Budgies tricks: Parakeets are very intelligent animals and if you have one, you’ll probably want to educate her to be your friend. The first step is to train it, that is, educate it so that it perches comfortably on your finger. Once your budgie has been fully trained to land on your finger, you will be able to carry it more easily and play with it outside its cage. To accomplish this task, you will need to create a comfortable environment for your budgie, and then you will have to slowly train him to trust your hand.
Create a comfortable environment
All you need to know about creating a comfortable environment for your budgies
Install your budgie in a cage of sufficient size
When you bring your budgie home from the pet store, you’ll probably be given a box to carry it on. This box will do the trick for the time of the return trip, but it should certainly not be used as permanent housing. Your budgie needs enough space to live and avoid getting bored. This means that she will need several places to perch, so she can watch you while you complete your daily tasks.
- When transferring your budgie to its new cage, be sure to open the cage door and put the box right at the edge of the cage door. Do not put your hand inside and do not try to force the bird out. It would be better for the bird to come out on its own.
- Patience is key to getting your bird into the cage. If you shake the box and tilt it, you will only scare the bird. Because of this, the bird will want to hide even more at the bottom of the box.
Place your budgie in a room with light
Talk to your budgie
Before you even start training, you’ll want your budgie to be used to your voice. Speak while keeping your voice at a moderate level, in a normal tone. Talk to your bird about whatever you want, make sure you just talk to it. She will hear your voice and she will want to look for the source of that sound. Only once she is no longer surprised by your voice and your physical presence outside her cage can you begin training.
- This is also the first step in learning how to talk to your budgie. Choose the language you want your budgie to repeat.
Provide enough food and water
You should change your parakeet’s food and water daily. Birds can be very demanding of their food and water, just like humans. They might perceive that something has been soiled and they might refuse to touch it.
- Food: Make sure you place at least one tablespoon of seeds in the budgie’s feeder every day. Your budgie will eat the seeds, but she will leave the shells and leftover seeds in or next to her feeder while she eats. Many new budgie owners mistake waste for fresh seeds, and they don’t feed their budgies as often. Change his food every day to avoid this problem.
- Water: fill your bowl with water every day. Tap water will do. Do not add vitamins or medications if you can do without them. Some budgies will refuse to drink this water if they smell the taste of the drugs.
Provide a shallow water pool separately for bathing
There are many different products that have been designed to be put at the bottom of a budgie’s cage, but most of them are actually dangerous for budgies. Cedar chips contain toxins that can affect your bird’s digestive tract. Pine chips can be ingested by your budgie and can also cause digestive problems. Cat litter absorbs moisture and if ingested, it can cause serious problems. Stick to paper products. You can buy paper designed for budgie cages or you can simply use unscented paper towels or unprinted newspaper.
- Inspect your budgie’s cage daily for excess fecal matter. You should change its cage bottom every other day.
Give your budgie fun toys
Building trust with your hand
Put your hand in your bird’s cage several times a day
Do this many times. Make sure you insert your hand slowly and in a way that is not threatening. Do not wave your hand for no reason. Do not shake the cage or hit your bird. Your goal is to show your bird that your hand is not going to hurt it and that it can trust it.
- Most budgies will flit or pia. However, stay still so she can find out that nothing will happen at this point
Put a treat in your hand
Present a perch to your budgie
Gently push the chest of your budgie
Say “Monte, monte, monte” followed by the name of your budgie
Give your budgie a lot of praise when she climbs the perch
Move your finger closer to the tip of the ankle
Place your ankle and finger near his paws. When your budgie starts to climb on your finger instead of the perch, you can get rid of the perch completely.
- Make sure you keep your finger straight as if the perch were still under your finger. Your budgie must feel safe and on stable support at all times or she will be afraid of the finger and she will avoid it out of caution
Take the budgie out of its cage while it is perched on your finger
Remember that she spent a lot of time inside the cage and will naturally be frightened. This may take a few days.
- Keep doors and windows closed so your bird doesn’t escape.