Budgerigars are contact pets, but by nature are quite timid and timid. In order for communication with budgies to bring a lot of pleasure to the owners and others, it should be tamed, and, preferably, taught to speak.
The vocal cords of these little fidgets are well developed, they have intelligence and are able to remember over a hundred words and phrases. How to do this for beginners? We understand!
New family member
For beginners and experienced poultry breeders, the appearance of a budgie is a very joyful event. These bright and curious birds, like many other domestic animals, bring many positive aspects to our lives.
In order to make friends with a feathered bird, you need to tame it. Why is this so important? The fact is that parrots, regardless of species, have an inquisitive character, therefore they are able to follow their instincts.
In apartments where there are small children, burning stoves, slamming doors and representatives of the cat family, an untrained bird will be in great danger. Therefore, the process of taming is so important.
To get started, leave the budgerigar alone with him so that he can see his new world.
The cage must be placed in such a place so that the parrot has the opportunity to see what is happening around and who comes up to it. Talk with the pet, repeat his name. During this period of adaptation, it is important that the wavy learns to trust you.
When cleaning in a cage, try to do everything smoothly and slowly, so as not to frighten off or undermine the confidence of the parrot.
When the parrot does not experience stress when a person approaches the cell and can safely eat food in his presence, you can proceed to the next stage – learning to hand.
Among budgerigars there are quite lively individuals that after a few hours begin to actively behave in the cage, making it clear that the adaptation has already been completed.
But this may be an erroneous opinion, do not take risks, do not let the parrot out of the cage.
A frightened young wavy can arrange an uncontrolled flight throughout the apartment, can hit solid objects and fall behind a closet or sofa. It often happens that the owners in such a situation get lost and begin to make gross mistakes that delay the process of taming a few months ago.
How to train a budgie
You need to start accustoming your pet from the very age when it gets into your house. Of course, you can tame a budgie at any age, but the younger the individual, the faster he gets used to home conditions and the person.
For those birds that live long in aviaries along with other parrots, taming can take several months.
Birds faced with mistreatment of people are very mistrustful of the new owners, however, even in such cases, patience and great love for the pet will be able to defeat his bitterness and allow himself to be tamed.
We begin the process of taming with the fact that we offer the parrot a treat through the bars of the cage. As a rule, the wavy refuse such dubious offers, but after a day or two, after another attempt, curiosity will prevail over caution and the bird will take food.
After your feathered friend already trusts you and willingly takes the delicacy from your hands through the bars, you can try to feed him with his hands in a cage. The best time for this is morning, when the parrot is still hungry. Remember, movements in the cell should be as smooth and careful as possible.
Before offering the delicacy in a cage, show it to the bird. Let him understand what will happen now, this will help to avoid anxiety and excitement of the budgerigar. After some time, the bird will willingly eat from your hands in a cage.
When your pet takes food without worry, you can gradually train the bird to walk in your arms. Young parrots sometimes behave very boldly and immediately climb onto their fingers.
For more timid birds, the following advice: slightly touch the body of the budgerigar between the legs with your finger, and he will gladly move into his hands.
If the parrot doesn’t want to be friends
As a rule, the fear of hands and mistrust of people in a parrot occurs even before they get to the permanent owner.
But the nature of these pets is very sociable, so the owners need to be patient and continue to try to tame him.
Sometimes you just need more time.
How to teach a parrot to speak
There is an opinion that males of blue color are more prone to pronunciation of human words, but practice shows that owners of a different color of feathers can imitate people’s speech.
If you want to quickly teach your pet how to speak, follow these guidelines:
- Begin training in a place where the parrot feels comfortable.
- If you have several parrots, do not keep them together for the duration of your speaking instruction.
- The first step is to teach him to respond to his name. Then teach him to repeat. In order for a bird to be able to remember one word, at least 100 repetitions are required.
- Be consistent and follow regular classes. Let it be 2-3 “lessons” per week, but spend them regularly, at the same time.
- The first words that you will train your motherfucker should consist of 1-2 syllables.
- Observe staging: learned one word and only then move on to the next.
- Do not forget to praise the bird, even if success does not greatly please you. All parrots have individual abilities, so praise them even for their desire to learn and patience.
- Do not do the lessons too long, from time to time give the bird a rest.
Following these rules, your parrot will quickly learn how to pronounce words and will give a lot of positive!