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Can I hand tame my parakeet?

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I've had my parakeet about a year. I'd love to be able to take him out of his cage and play with him. Can he be hand tamed?
asked Jul 12, 2013 in Bird Training by anonymous

1 Answer

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Yes, but it takes patience, especially with an older bird. Place the cage in a quiet area of the house. Speaking softly, calmy place your hand in the cage without moving it. Do this for a few minutes daily. When you feel the bird is used to your hand, slowly move your hand close to the bird's chest or right up against it if he will let you. Repeat these steps until your bird accepts your hand and he steps on it. Wait until feeding time. Place your hand over the bowl with some food on your hand so he must step on your hand to feed. When he accepts this and is comfortable and trusts you, slowly take him out of the cage. Eventually your bird will come to your hand eagerly.
answered Oct 3, 2013 by (36,420 points)