How can I tame a parrot and why? To make it easier and more pleasant to communicate with a parrot, it is worth accustoming to it, in addition, there are situations when you just need to take a bird in your hands. For example, the parrot got sick and you need to carefully examine it or you need to move it to another cage.
If there is no vital need, then you should not hurry with this: you must first make sure that the bird is used to the house, that the parrot is not afraid of any member of the family, that he sings and plays when someone is in the room, that everyone illnesses.
Getting used to hands is a complex and delicate process; general recommendations are divided into several stages. In addition, different types of parrots perceive differently the desire of the owners to hold them on their hands.
General rules: how to tame a parrot
You need to take the process of taming seriously and try to do it in stages, without missing anything. Until the previous paragraph has been worked out before full implementation, do not proceed to the next one: if the parrot does not learn correctly, he will not want to sit on your arm. Moreover, a parrot can become nervous and even aggressive. Taming should not be swift.
From the very beginning of your stay as a parrot in your house, interest him in communication.
This can be difficult and can take a long time, because you need to ensure that the bird not only does not get nervous from your voice, but also begins to show interest in words.
First, just talk to him, every time you pass a parrot. At some point, stay near the cage and clearly and calmly carry his name several times, gently "purr" with him. Never try to pick up a parrot right away. This will only undermine your self-confidence.
Favorite food motivation
You already know that your parrot loves most of all from food, and now do not put this particular food in his feeding trough. When you start a conversation with him, slowly go up to the parrot, gently open the cage door and, gently talking, put a treat in the trough or try to give it by hand, but inside its "house". So you need to repeat it many times until the parrot starts waiting for a treat at the beginning of the conversation. If the parrot is afraid of hands, treat it through the bars.
Now let’s try to give the same food through the open door, the parrot is not just waiting for it to be treated, but sitting in the doorway when the hand approaches it and takes food without fear.
Other breeds of parrots are more timid, so be upset if your parrot does not jump onto your hand is not worth it, you need a little more patience.
We invite you to sit on your hand
The most difficult stage is to ensure that the parrot moves into your hand when you lure it into a “tasty treat”, without forgetting to talk to it. When the owners think about how to train an adult budgerigar to switch hands, they may be disappointed during the training, because they are sure that it is the “waves” that will do it quickly. But any adult parrot is harder to train than a small one.
Do not despair, we show firmness and patience: if a bird takes food from a hand through an open door, but doesn’t want to jump onto a hand, literally move a hand a centimeter each time from the opening, do not give refreshments if the parrot has not jumped to you.
It didn’t work out - again, treat yourself at a close distance, be sure to affectionately praise, and next time try to slightly push your hand away. Sooner or later, the bird will surely jump onto the hand, because reaching for food is not very convenient!
How to teach a parrot to fly to you
Your parrot is already fearlessly jumping onto your arm, now you need to ensure that it flies to you. Everything is the same as in the previous paragraph - slowly increasing the distance day by day so that the jump is already far away, and the bird will already be forced to first fly up, and then fly.
Features of taming to the hands of some types of parrots
How to tame an adult budgie is described above, it is a matter of time, but it is advisable to start it when it is still small, then you can do it much faster. But, for example, in the question of how to tame a parakeet is out of hand, there are certain subtleties.
Necklace parrots mature for a very long time and they are considered fully adult when they turn 3 years old. Until 3 years, they are well trained, very friendly to the owner, they are easy to teach to speak. If you already think about how to tame a necklace parrot to your hands before this age, there will be no difficulties, we will conduct training according to the plan given above.
But if you already got an adult parrot older than 3 years old, or if you haven’t done it before, then you shouldn’t start at all - an adult necklace parrot almost completely loses interest in learning, it’s unrealistic to learn to fly into your arm and it’s unlikely to speak .
A separate topic is how to tame the parrot Corella in hand. Although they are funny, cheerful and agile birds, they are at the same time quite shy. The owners of Corell, by the way, often make a serious mistake, trying to teach their pets to talk, not yet accustomed to hands. Even the corals are very vindictive: in the presence of negative experience with the previous owner, they are very distrustful and timid, and any training can take months or even years!
Be patient, do not rush, and in no case do you starve the cockatiel if the bird refuses to learn - the metabolism of Corell is so fast that even a short break in feeding can seriously affect their health. Therefore, if the Corella at some stage stubborn, in no case do not rush and stubbornly strive to succeed.
Watch a video on how to tame a budgie.
What questions should I ask before buying?
- how does he feel about people, does he have a fear of people?
- does he have any health problems or physical disabilities
- what fed him?
- are there any features in the behavior?
- Does he like to swim?
- can he entertain himself, for example, enthusiastically making toys for parrots?
- What was his daily routine, what time did they put him to bed?
- was he the only bird in the family, or were there always other birds next to him?
Why is it important to gather information and what to do next?
Why is this so important? Getting detailed information is the key to solving possible problems and answering the question of how to teach an adult parrot to hand. For example, if you know that a feathered bird has the habit of constantly screaming out loud. Two situations need to be distinguished:
- first situation: the pet has always behaved well and in recent months has begun to devote little time to him, and he thus wants to attract attention.
- second situation: the bird has been screaming like this for several years.
Understanding why he screams and how long this habit lasts will allow you to more realistic assess your strengths, capabilities and time to correct the situation. In the first case, the problem is solved easily (pay attention to a new friend), in the second case, it is necessary to train the pet (to praise, reward a treat for the desired behavior and ignore the negative). When taking a bird from another family, you must understand the full responsibility for your new friend. Understand that the bird may have negative habits, which will take a lot of time and effort to correct, and it’s even possible to come to terms with the fact that they cannot be fixed!
Having collected all this information, you can adjust the standard technique for taming the birds. You can familiarize yourself with the standard methodology in the material at the link - how to tame a parrot to your hands.
If you are ready to deal with the animal, take care of its health, approach the upbringing with love and not wait for quick results, then you will not only make this parrot the happiest feathered pet, but you will also be happy to communicate with it!
How to ensure proper care?
Regardless of your pet's age, proper care and maintenance are extremely important. We advise you to read the article “6 principles of parrot care”, which describes all the necessary components, including: healthy eating, daily routine, entertainment of a winged friend and social factor (communication with people).