Cockatiels are one of the most popular types of pet birds in North America. They have a sweet, gentle disposition and can be easily trained to do tricks for their owners. However, cockatiels are not the only type of parakeet you can choose as a pet. Other popular varieties include Indian Ringnecks (also known as Alexandrine Parrots), Budgies or English Budgies, and Quakers or Monk Parakeets. In this blog post we will discuss how to train your bird to perform on command!
Tips and Tricks of Training Your Bird Parakeet
If you want to enjoy the company of a bird parakeet, then this article will help you to do so. There are lots of advantages that you can get from owning birds especially for people who have the time to play with these pets. It is great for kids to have it as pets because they learn responsibility from taking care of them. They also learn how to be independent when it comes to feeding them and other stuff.
Aside from that, there are still lots of benefits that they can gain by having some birds in their house like enjoying the chirping noise and having a simple hobby just to kill boredom during free times on weekends or after office hours.
When you want to have birds in your house, choosing the right kind is your top priority. There are lots of species that you can choose from depending on what they like to eat and how much space they need for their free roam. Parakeets, finches, and canaries are some of these bird species available in pet stores [and aviaries] all over the Philippines if you live here.
But for this article we will focus more on training parakeets since it is one of the most common types that a lot of people prefer because they are not too expensive unlike other birds’ prices. Not only that, there’s another reason why Parakeets are what I am going to talk about in this article: it’s the fact that they are very easy to take care of and train.
To help you in choosing parakeets, here are some of their surprising benefits for your health: Parakeets can light up your mood. It has been proven that birds have a very positive effect on people who are feeling down or depressed because of stress or even from having broken relationships with someone close like friends or family. How? The answer is simple -birds chirping sound!
Having this small creature inside the house will make you feel more joyful about life. They force us to get up and dance! If you’re tired of being alone all day, try getting a bird pet because these pets like to sing while moving their tail feathers around loudly which almost sounds like they are dancing. They will make you feel like dancing too! So if you want to have a pet that could cheer up your mood and make you more active, then get a parakeet as a pet.
Parakeets can help you heal faster. There’s actually one study of this topic done by some researchers in 2007 after the Orleans Hurricane hit the USA at that time. It was stated in their research report that owning birds during the stressful situation caused by extreme calamities helped them cope with stress better than those individuals who do not own any kind of pets during such difficult times.
It has been proven scientifically too because it is one of the studies supported by American Association of Medical Colleges which is known for producing high quality journals on medical research. So if you are planning to get a pet for your health and well-being, then let parakeets cheer up your day with their chirping sound!
How about if we talk about training some of these parakeets? If you want to have birds in your house, it is important to know how to train them. Actually there’s really nothing hard about the process as long as you know what to do and what not to do.
As per an article I’ve read on this topic (in the site named “PetHelpful”), these are just some basic tips that can help you in taming your parakeet:
- Know where he or she lives best – It would be good if you could put the parakeet cage near a window that is facing the east or northwest part of your house so it would be easier for him to see his food and water bowls.
- Always keep his wings trimmed – as much as possible, you should avoid trimming your bird’s wing feathers each day because it will make him feel stressed out sometimes. Just do the trimming once a week so he/she won’t get worried whenever they feel like their wings are being held back too long especially when they fly freely outside the cage.
- Study its habits – Parakeets are actually very sensitive creatures. That means, if you tried to touch them every time that you see them inside the cage (without any reason), then they might defend themselves by biting or pulling your hair. It is important that you know how to read and understand your parakeet’s subtle body language because it could tell a lot about their mood and what they are thinking.
- Limit their access to their cage – Parakeets are actually meant to be flying freely so if you leave the cage open while not in use, then he/she might fly away immediately! So when you’re not inside the room where his cage is placed, close its door so he won’t get out of it whenever he feels like. Just make sure that the area where his cage is located does not have any risk of pet escape.
Like having small openings from which he can squeeze through or having windows nearby with no cages on them. If you really want to give him more room to move freely, then you can try putting his cage on top of one higher piece of furniture where he can fly and sit without any hesitation.
- Consider the time when it’s still growing. Pet birds usually grow faster during their first two years so if you bought a parakeet that is less than twelve months old, make sure that you are taking good care of its daily needs like feeding and grooming. These measures should be followed every week until your pet grows up (so you would know how much space he needs inside his cage eventually).
- Take note of its feeding diet – Parakeets usually eat bird food (which are seeds gathered from fruits and plants) that is high in fat and the type most preferred by this kind of bird. As much as possible, avoid feeding your pet parakeet with seeds which are too salty or have preservatives because they would only contribute to his/her health problems unless it’s stated otherwise that he needs to eat an additional diet.
- Keep track of its droppings – Droppings from birds have a certain color and texture so if you notice an unusual change on its faeces (like if it became oily or flaky), then it might mean that he has some health problem like worms or infective bacterial diseases like Psittacosis.
If such a condition happens, just bring him to a vet right away for treatment! But if the parakeet’s droppings still seem to be normal, then you might want to change his diet or feed him less so he doesn’t gain extra weight. Other than that, once a week will do the job for parakeets!
- Understand its tongue movements – Since parakeets can be normally characterized as “mute”, it’s better if you’re able to see their reaction whenever they are being offered food. In fact, some people might already know about this tip since even dogs and cats express signs of happiness by lapping up milk in their dish with passion while birds would show similar response when eating some recommended type of food. Either way, make sure that the food is not too salty because it could be harmful for your pet bird asit could lead to kidney malfunction.
- Don’t forget to check their claws – Parakeets have a tendency to climb so if you don’t clip their nails for quite some time, then they might grow in length and hurt your pet bird accidentally inside its cage. While it’s okay if the parakeet is strong enough to destroy the wood bars of his cage (since the latter is made out of pine or similar types).
Then you should still make sure that he doesn’t get hurt from trying to reach other objects outside his living quarters. It’s better if you can teach him/her some tricks on how to play with toys or give them something bright like a mirror so they won’t feel lonely for too long!
- Know what kind of toys are best for parakeets – Parakeets love to chew so they usually end up ignoring their food (like if you give them fruits) just to enjoy a new toy that’s not made out of wood. However, when it comes to choosing toys for your bird parakeet, make sure that you only buy them ones made from soft materials or colourful ones.
Avoid buying them any toy that could be harmful for him/her like having sharp edges if he accidentally eats it. At the same time, avoid giving him anything made out of rubber because he might bite and throw in pieces inside its cage which can block his respiratory passages eventually!
- Give your parakeet some space every now and then – Just like how humans need to maintain a healthy diet, parakeets need their space once in a while so they could stretch themselves outside the cage and just play around. But it’s important that you bring them back inside so he won’t fly out of his space or miss some food which he might be craving!
- Be attentive whenever your bird has its mood swings – Parakeets usually have behavior fluctuations every now and then (especially when they’re stressed about something). Whenever this happens, make sure that you give him some time alone until the bad vibes subside before bringing him outside again. If worst comes to worst, try looking for toys that brighten up his mind like colourful ones or those with sounds!
- Learn from your mistakes- Just like how humans learn from their mistakes and move on, parakeets are also capable of learning everything you teach them. But in order for you to prevent your bird from making the same mistake over and over again, make sure that you give him time to think about what he did wrong before bringing him back inside his cage (or else, he might end up being stressed).
- Don’t let your bird get exposed too much under sunlight – Depending on where you live or how old is your parakeet, the latter has a tendency to absorb more light if he’s placed outside his cage during daytime. So when this happens, bring him immediately inside so he won’t get overheated! Also, keep an eye out for signs of dehydration and diarrhea.
- Establish a routine for your parakeet – Parakeets are very social animals (especially when they’re kept inside groups) so make sure that you train all of them the same way. Train their behaviors, habits, tricks, feed times, etc.!
- Make sure that your pet bird’s cage is not too small – Don’t keep parakeets in tiny cages! Pet owners usually put them inside cramped quarters or cages without enough play space which makes it difficult for them to move around properly. It’s better if you can give him at least a 3ft long cage with wide bars to prevent any accidents from happening like getting his head stuck between two wooden bars while fighting another bird inside its cage!
- Look out for signs of your bird’s sickness – Parakeets are very smart and playful pets so they won’t tell you when they’re sick. However, there are some common signs to take note of like coughing, hiding inside their cage, loss of appetite, lethargy or just plain depression! If this happens, make sure that you contact a veterinarian immediately!
- Make sure that your parakeet is not being exposed to too much noise – Remember how I’ve told you about parakeets having mood swings? Well one of the reasons behind it is because they get easily agitated from certain noises. So if ever this happens (and it’s already hard to control since most of the time humans can’t be quiet), try bringing your bird back inside so he could rest more (or else, he’ll get stressed and eventually lead to death).
- Spoil your parakeet with love – Parakeets are very playful animals which only thrive when exposed to human attention. So every time you bring him outside his cage, make sure that you provide him the necessary love and care! Don’t forget to pet him gently because ignoring/neglecting them would just send them a message that they don’t need your attention in order for them to survive or live longer.
- Give your parakeet some fruits and vegetables once in a while – Just like how humans eat healthy meals regularly, parakeets also need their share of veggie and fruit servings to prevent nutritional deficiencies. Give him fruits like apples, mangoes and tangerines along with vegetables like pumpkin, carrots or lettuce!
- Try talking to your parakeet in a soft tone – Parakeets are very smart animals which learn fast what you teach them. So if your bird is already getting used to being around humans (especially when he’s started mimicking your behavior), then it’ll probably take some time for him to get used with the idea of communicating with you using your own voice! Take note though that not all parakeets can understand human speech even if you speak softly because they’re still birds after all (they can’t process English yet). But don’t lose hope, as long as he’s able to mimic you, then he’s a smart parakeet!
- Give your bird colorful toys every now and then – Parakeets love to stare at colorful things (and they actually don’t do it for nothing like some people might think). You can give him any kind of toy or accessory but just make sure that the colors are vibrant enough so it would catch their attention. So if ever the time comes that you want him to go somewhere else, simply remove all the toys from his cage (this would encourage them to follow you since there aren’t any more interesting things inside their cage)!
- Talk to your pet bird when you bring him outside – These little creatures love interacting with humans especially when they’re on their arms! So if you’re bringing him outside for some air, then try not to be quiet so that he can hear your voice! This will encourage him to copy you and start mimicking what you say or do.
- Don’t scold your parakeet (if ever it happens) – Parakeets are very sensitive birds which get easily depressed once they get scolded by their owners. If ever this has happened, just give him a few minutes alone so he could calm down already before handling him carefully again!
- Give him plenty of attention when you bring them outside – Parakeets love interacting with humans and one way is by accompanying them whenever they go out to places like malls or parks.
There are many more tricks that you can teach your parakeet to do, but these should be enough for now. The important thing is not only teaching the birds a trick or two – it’s about making sure they get exercise and stimulation to keep them happy and healthy. Whether you’re looking for something fun to do with your kids on a lazy afternoon or want some new entertainment around the office water cooler, training your pet bird is an excellent way of achieving both!