Parakeets are popular in the United States as pets. These small, skittish birds can be trained to talk and follow commands.
This blog post will teach you various ways to train your Parakeet.
Tips on Training Your Parakeet
When training these birds, it is important to remember to be patient. Each Parakeet is unique, and while some may be quick learners, others may take their time or not respond to training at all.
Before we fly on to guide you onhow to train parakeets, let’s explore a few tips that will help you teach your birdie!
- Start early: Adult wild keets are hard to train.It is easier to teach baby birds, especially those who have lived in captivity around other people.
- Start slow: Don’t try to rush the process and bombard your bird with more information than it can handle. Begin with simple words or commands and build from there.
- Be patient: Your parakeet can take up to a month to learn something new. Keeping the bird comfortable is key, especially in a new environment.
- Keep Repeating: Train frequently and repeatedly, whether it’s a new word or command.
- Reward: Positive reinforcement goes a long way.
- Be clear: Speaking slowly and clearly when teaching your Parakeet new words is important.
Training doesn’t happen overnight and requires lots of time and attention. However, seeing your bird flying to you or saying hello when you enter a room makes it all worth it!
They are a bit flighty at first, so before you begin training, learning how to gain their trust is important. The first step to gaining their trust is to let them settle in their space and get comfortable around you.
Once your bird has settled in, you can start training.
How to Train Your Parakeet to Talk?
In 1995, Puck the Parakeet held the world record for the largest vocabulary, which included over 1700 words!
Teaching your parakeet how to talk can be fun and a great way to bond with your pet! You can start with small words and build upon them as you two progress. Talk to your bird often to build the connection and encourage them to speak too!
Here are a few tips that you should keep in mind when teaching your bird how to talk:
- Start with an easy word like “hey” or “wow.”
- Make sure the room is quiet so your bird can easily listen and understand.
- Keep repeating the word that you are trying to teach.
- Allow them to focus on it by getting close.
- Use that word in the correct context with your parakeet to teach them how and when to say it.
- Reward them when they repeat a new word.
- Be patient and carry on training your birdie!
- Once they’ve learnt a word, you can move on to the next!
Hand-taming, Step-up and Recalling
Talking is one part of the training process; as your relationship with your pet strengthens, you can move on to the next step. In this section, we discuss hand-taming, step-up, and recalling.
Hand-taming is a kind of training through which your pet bird learns that it is okay for you to hold it.
When you start hand-taming, ensure your parakeet feels safe and comfortable around you. It is recommended to trim the wings to limit their flight.
To hand tame your parakeet, follow the steps mentioned below:
- Spend time with your parakeet every day so that it can be familiar with your movements.
- Try to talk to them calmly to make them feel safe.
- Gently put your hand on the cage.
- Gradually start putting your hand inside the cage. Place a treat like millet in your palm to attract the bird.
- Once the bird starts getting comfortable and sitting on your hand, you can hold them outside its cage.
Hand-taming also helps with other types of training, as the bird is already accustomed to you. You can train your parakeet to follow commands like stepping up and down once tamed.
Training to Follow Commands
After hand-taming, you can train your bird to step up on your finger or down from it. Make sure that you have treats available.
This must be done in a closed room.
- Offer a treat like millet to your parakeet.
- Place your finger close to your bird and firmly command your bird to step onto it. Make sure your hand is slightly higher from where the bird is sitting, as parakeets tend to fly up. You can also gently poke its tummy to get your bird to perch on your finger.
- When your bird follows the command and sits on your finger, reward it with praise and treats.
- Keep repeating this several times a day. If your bird moves away or seems skittish, chances are that it’s getting stressed. Discontinue the session and allow your bird to rest.
- Repeat the same process to get your bird to step down from your hand. Place your hand closer and slightly below the surface you want your bird to land on.
- This exercise must be done frequently to make your bird learn to step up or down from your finger.
Once your parakeet is hand-tamed and has learned how to follow the step-up and down instructions, you can train it to fly to you when called. Ensure your bird is in a safe environment where it won’t be able to fly away.
- Start with the step-up direction. Place your finger near your bird and tell it to step onto the finger. Once your parakeet follows this, reward it with praise and treats.
- Keep increasing the distance between your finger and your bird every time you do it.
- Reward each time to reinforce the notion that it is good to fly to you.
- Start with smaller distances.
- You can slowly increase the distance once your parakeet responds to the training.
- Keep repeating daily, and with time the bird will learn to fly over to you no matter where it is in the room.
Note: Remember not to overfeed your pet when handing out treats, as it could be dangerous.
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Training with birds is time-consuming. You must stay patient and keep repeating the process until you yield results. We hope these tips help you train your parakeet and strengthen your bond with time.