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Taming Your Bird...
CodeMasterChrelanDate: Tuesday, 2011-07-19, 12:21 PM | Message # 1
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Tame your Bird:
The bird should first be taught to stand on a thin stick or a pencil and later on the finger. Soon it will become so friendly that it will allow the owner to tickle the back of his neck, a form of caress which most parakeets like. Before long the young pupil will become so tame that it can be brought out of his cage and even though it may fly round the room, it will rapidly fly back to its trainer, stand on his/her shoulder and display its affection for her. In order to get the bird to perch on the finger a good plan is to put the forefinger across the front of the legs and press gently against the body. The bird will then have no alternative but to step on to the finger or fall off the perch. This taming process should be conducted calmly and with gentleness, in fact everything possible should be done to avoid scaring the pupil by your attentions. A fright of any kind in these early days of its tuition will retard progress considerably. Within a month the bird should be very tame, but the talking lessons can commence as soon as it is reasonably steady. You can also find the birds favorite treat (most like spray millet) and have this in your hand when you try and get it to perch on your finger. It will soon know that your hand is food and is safe to go to.

Bonding
Intensely social, wild budgies flock together by the thousands. A pet budgie that lacks an avian family will eagerly look to you for companionship. Given consistent attention and stimulation, a budgie can live happily for its entire life as a single bird. Budgies are among the easiest birds to tame, but they still require patience and empathy. Work for 15 or 20 minute intervals in a small room so you won't have to chase and scare your budgie. To maintain a good long-term rapport, be sensitive to your budgie's moods -- don't insist on playing, for example, if your budgie is eating or napping.

Stroking: If approached with proper consideration, budgies can learn to enjoy being stroked by their owners. Most budgies detest having their feet, tails and backs touched, so avoid those areas. Budgies greet each other beak first, so start by lightly stroking your budgie's beak and the surrounding feathers. Tapping your budgie's beak lightly with a fingernail parallels a friendly beak-to-beak interaction. Your budgie may like its cere, forehead and tummy stroked as well. Many budgies like their head feathers gently blown or stroked in reverse direction, but don't touch emerging pinfeathers. Your budgie may eventually respond by "preening" your hair, or nibbling your fingernail. A healthy budgie may also regurgitate as a courtship gesture.
 
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