How to Make Your Parakeet Trust You ?- 5 result driven tips

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Parakeets, also known as budgerigars or simply “budgies,” are a type of Australian parrot. Budgies are popular pets all over the world, and they can be trained to do things like play with toys, sit on shoulders, and even mimic human speech. However, you must first gain your budgie’s trust. Bonding with your budgie will require time and patience, but it will also be a lot of fun.



Parakeets are well-known for their intelligence. You might wonder if they’re smart enough to trust and recognise their owners. Here’s what I discovered after extensive research.



How to Make Your Parakeet Trust You?


Your parakeet must trust you in order to recognise you as their owner. It’s not always easy to build trust, especially when re-homing a parakeet. They imprint when they’re young, and if you weren’t present for the imprint, you’ll have to work hard to earn the parakeet’s trust.



Step 1 -Allow your feathered companion some time to adjust. 


While you may be eager to play with your cockatiel right away, he will benefit from some alone time to explore his surroundings and settle into his new surroundings.

Allow your budgie to stay in his cage for at least a few hours after you bring him home so that he can adjust to the idea of being in a strange place.


Plus,  you should take is to ensure that their living situation is satisfactory. Small cages are unappealing to parakeets, especially if they share them with other birds. They should have plenty of room to move around in their cage. It should also have enjoyable activities for them to do in the cage. Swings, mirrors, perches, and other climbing equipment can keep them entertained for hours.



Step 2 – Spend some time in the vicinity of your budgie’s cage. 


Once your feathered friend has had some alone time and explored his surroundings, make a point of remaining visible but not directly engaging him.

Take a seat near his cage and relax by reading a book, watching TV, or doing something else you enjoy.

Stay close enough for your bird to see and hear you, but not so close that he becomes anxious. Pay attention to your feathered friend’s body language to determine his level of comfort, and sit as close to him as possible without riling him up. The goal is to allow your cockatiel to become accustomed to your presence.

Your parakeet will be more relaxed and happy if you make their home a friendly and fun place.


Step 3- Communicate with your feathered companion.


The next thing you can do to earn your parakeet’s trust is to talk to them.  Say hello to your little bird and share a few kind words with him in a soft and soothing tone of voice.


This is also a good time to make kissy noises or whistle a tune to your cockatiel to get his attention and pique his interest in you. Allow your bird’s body language to guide you each time you interact with him so that you stay within his comfort zone.



Step 4- Feed ’em treats : take advantage of opportunities when you’re feeding them.


Offer your feathered friend a tasty treat. Offer your cockatiel something tasty, such as sunflower seed or a piece of fresh fruit, as he becomes more accustomed to your presence. Hold the treat close enough to the cage for him to grab it without invading his personal space. 


If he accepts the treat, wait a few minutes before trying it again so that he associates you with the positive experience of receiving a treat. If he doesn’t accept the treat right away, go over the first three steps again and try again.


Your parakeet will begin to associate your voice with pleasant things, such as food. When speaking with them, use a gentle and soothing tone of voice. Loud voices may frighten them, especially at first.

Treats are used in the next stage of trust. Treats for your parakeet can also help them form a positive association with your voice. When you’re feeding them treats, it can also encourage them to hop into your hand.



Step 5 Allow your budgie to play outside of his cage. 


Try to entice him by speaking softly to him or holding a treat near the door.  When your feathered friend trusts you enough to perch on your finger, keep talking softly to him and making slow, deliberate movements to put him at ease.


Allow him to perch on your finger or hand and remove your arm from the cage once he appears to be at ease. When your bird is eating comfortably from your hand, open the cage door and wait for him to step out. Allow him to explore the room as he pleases.


If he does not immediately leave the cage, leave the door open and give him time to assess the situation.

To return him to the cage, perch him on your hand, place your hand in the cage with the parakeet, wait until he hops off, withdraw your hand, and close the door.


Toys will keep your budgie healthy and happy. Budgies will appreciate having a variety of toys to choose from. You can use these toys to strengthen your bond with your budgie. To keep it happy, try rotating toys on a regular basis (at least once a month). Ladders and other budgie-appropriate toys should be available at pet supply stores or from Amazon.


I have listed few toys  from Amazon That you order.

Bird Toy set , Busy Bird Toys, Wooden chew toys (useful for keeping your budgie’s beak trim)

House plants that are not poisonous. Your budgie is capable of flying from its cage to the plant and back.

It takes time to build trust. You should approach it in stages. Once your bird has gained your trust, you can progress to other techniques such as petting and holding.


Having other people around can also make things more difficult. If you want the bird to only trust you or recognise you as its owner, you must be the one who handles the bird.

Trust building: You may have noticed that your budgie is afraid of your hands. The first thing you should try is to put your hand near the cage in your budgie’s view. Stay relatively still and speak in a gentle soothing voice to your budgie  – Budgieplace

Final Thoughts

Parakeets are highly intelligent birds. Their intelligence and instincts as a result of living in a flock enable them to recognise their owners. You can ensure that your parakeet recognises you with feelings of joy and happiness by building trust and socialising with it.


You can foster trust by ensuring that their cage is appropriate and understanding their parakeet’s specific needs. If you do these things, your parakeet will accept you as a member of their flock.

Do you still have questions?

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