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How to Train & Tame Your Budgerigar

<strong></img>How to Train & Tame Your Budgerigar</strong>

One of the most common birds that are kept as family pets and companions up and down the United States are budgerigars, with over 20.6 million birds recorded as pets in 2019.

If you are considering bringing a budgie into your proverbial family fold, or else you already have a pair of twittering budgies, continue reading to learn some tips and tricks on how to train and tame your budgerigar. 

Get Them Acclimatized to Their New Home

Hopefully, you are already fully aware of the importance of both physical stimulation and emotional stimulation for a happy and healthy bird, with the former involving many hours of free-flying time every day, and the latter interaction with other budgies and a constant supply of new toys. 

When you first bring your budgie home, you will find that, if left alone to get used to their new surroundings in their own time, it will not take long for them to settle in. Make sure their cage is at a similar height to your head, as movement above their head can startle even the most confident of birds. 

Your Voice Is Everything

One of the most important things to remember is that every single time you interact with your budgie and indeed, every time you are in their vicinity and they can hear your voice, you should speak in a soothing tone and always speak slowly. 

Sudden movements and noises can alarm your bird, and even worse than that, loud noises can make them feel as if you are a predator, and on this point, you should always ensure that you have registered your budgies with a reputable vet, such as easyvet.com, who know how to handle birds. 

Budgies Love Their Food

Much like most other animals, birds, reptiles and indeed human beings, budgies are motivated by food and even more excited by things like millet and slices of apple.

Using these treats to feed them by hand when you are talking to them will greatly advance the bonding process, and subsequently, make it significantly easier to tame and then train them. Always keep a fresh supply of millet sprays in the drawer nearby your budgie’s cage for such occasions (just try not to overfeed them). 

Hand-Training

Once your budgie is used to your voice and is perfectly happy to hop onto your finger or even the palm of your hand, you are now ready to start training your tamed budgie.

Taming any animal or bird can take a great deal of time and effort, but the most important thing you need to know is that training a bird is patience. The most popular and easiest trick to teach their budgie is to have the budgie climb onto your finger and move your finger and him over to the bottom rung of a budgie ladder.

With a treat, hold the treat one rung above where the budgie’s head is, and he will climb the ladder for the treat. Make sure you only feed the budgie your treat once they have climbed the entirety of the ladder.

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