Budgie Taming & Budgie Training
It is best to have training sessions in a quiet room with no distractions. For example, there should be no other people in the room and the television and the radio should be off.
You can handle your budgie very often without causing them any stress, and they’ll soon tell you if they have enough. If you have just brought your budgie home, then it is best to let him settle in for a couple of days before you try to handle him.
If you have to leave your budgie alone for a period of time – say when you go to work – you can leave a talk radio show on a low volume. This should make your budgie feel like they have company.
Finger taming is especially important for caged budgies that will need to be let out to fly around every day. When your budgie is finger tame, then returning him to his cage is easy.
Chasing your budgie around the room is exhausting for both of you, and probably scares the living daylights out of your budgie. You’d be shaken up if a giant was chasing you. So for this reason...
Finger taming is the first thing that you should teach your budgie, and should first be learnt in the cage. Just offer your index finger as a perch through the cage door.
If your budgie does not accept your finger then you can try with a small piece of wood at first that your budgie might be more willing to accept. After it jumps onto the piece of wood automatically then you can move on to offering your finger.
Whichever way you decide to train your budgie, you should keep on with the same exercise until he jumps on automatically. When this is learned you can move on to something else.
Holding & Catching Your Budgie
You should get your budgie used to being held with one hand over his back. His tail should lie down the inside of your wrist, with his head between your first and second fingers. The thumb and other fingers can gently hold the wings in place, so that your budgie doesn’t hurt them by flapping around.
When you have the budgie in this grip you can relax your fingers quite a bit so as not to hurt the budgie. I will try to get a picture up of holding a budgie like this, but I’m lacking a camera at the moment, so apologies.
If there is an emergency you can just drop a cloth of duster over your budgie to keep him still, so that you can pick him up safely. As always when handling small animals take care to be gentle, as small wings and legs are fragile.
If you want to train your budgie to talk then you must start when it is very young. Five or six weeks old is the best time to start training. You will have to be willing to keep up training sessions even though you probably won’t get any results for a while, which can be quite frustrating.
Some budgies won’t ever learn to talk no matter how much time you put in or how good a teacher you are. Like any other training, training your budgie to talk should be done in a room without any distractions. If your budgie is finger tame then you can hold him right in front of you and talk directly to him.
Start with a short simple word like the bird’s name. Short distinctive sounds are best. Budgies learn to talk by imitating exactly what they hear, so it is important that you always say the word in the same way, with the same accent and stresses.
The budgie needs to hear the word repeatedly and might not start saying it for months. Or he might even start saying it months after you have given up trying to teach him.
Well-trained budgies and those with a natural aptitude for languages can build up a huge vocabulary. They may even pick up words from people other than their trainer. Sometimes they imitate other household sounds like the telephone of doorbell ringing.
You can also get some training aids to help you teach your budgie to talk. Products like this cd called Feathered Phonics , that includes 96 phrases. I'll try it out on the next budgie I get and tell you if it works.
Fun & Games
You can teach your budgie to play games like jumping onto a swing when you tell them to. You should demonstrate the action with your finger while giving a command like ‘have a swing.’
Remember that training sessions are supposed to be fun and cannot go on for too long otherwise the budgie will get bored. Ten or fifteen minutes at a time is best. After that, give the budgie some time to rest. You can always come back for another session in an hour or two.
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