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How To Tame A Bird

I have gathered the best information on taming a cockatiel to come to you, fly to you, or just perching on your finger while your doing whatever you want.

Here is what you'll need:

• Treats -millet or sunflower seeds are the top hit for small to medium birds. If your bird is bigger, your going to have to find a treat that they will enjoy.
• Bird
• Patients - lots of it!

Part One:

First off, if this bird is new, leave him/her in the cage alone for 2-3 days. Your new bird is in a new environment and is very scared. You will need to give it some time for them to get used to their surroundings before letting them get used to you.

Step One:

Slowly approach your bird everyday and just sit by his cage for about 5-10 minutes at least twice a day. You'll know when your ready for the next step when you see your bird isn't paniking when you come near the cage.

Step Two: {Optional}

Some people don't recommend this step since they feel like it's a little bit too early to introduce the hands. Only do this if you feel like it will be beneficial to your bird.

Now that your bird is not scared when you are near the cage it's time for the next step, put your hand in the cage. Do not put it near the bird. Just rest your hand on the front door for about 5-10 minutes. You are doing this to teach your bird that hands will not harm them. You'll know when your ready to move on when your birds crest is in a comfortable position and the bird looks calm.

Step Three:


Your going to move on to the next step. This one is going to need some more patients. Your goal is to get your bird to eat treats from you. I figured out that the best way to accomplish this goal is to first put your hand with the treats where your hand was in Step 2 and slowly move closer to the bird. I am serious. You need to move your hand very slowly. Your bird will first regect it. Don't worry. It's all normal. I found out that you find the best results when your bird is hungry so take out its food for like 2-3 hours before trying this. You can also do this in the morning when your bird hasn't ate the whole night and is hungry. When your bird eats the treats you'll know you have accomplished the hardest step.

Step Four:


Your bird is now comfortably eating treats from your hand. If it isn't comfortable, continue step 3 until she is. The next step will be feeding your bird seeds with the palm of your hand. It will be discouraging at first but don't give up. Keep offering until it starts eating from your hand. Congratulations on a job well done. Earning your birds trust is the hardest part, now you will just be climbing the hill with your bird.

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Part Two:

In this part, we are going to discuss how to get your bird to step up on your finger. Before you start this part, make sure your bird has already accomplished the steps above.

Step 1:


take the millet and let your bird feed off it, then, slowly bring your finger in front of the millet your bird is eating from. What you have now is a bird eating millet with a finger in front and the millet behind. Let your bird get comfortable with this. It shouldn't take long.

Step 2:


Now, slowly bring the millet a tiny bit further from the bird. Your bird should be making a small bend forward to reach it. Make sure you have some space between the finger and millet. Now, as you are progressing, you will slowly be moving the finger and millet until the only way it will be getting the millet will be by stepping up. Your bird at first will run away, but like I said before...don't give up. Your bird will soon get used to it and start by putting one foot gently on your finger. As you progress forward your bird will soon perch on your finger completely. Make sure you bring the bird back to its original perch. Try not to let it fly to it, you should bring. The bird to the perch.

Step 3:


By this step your bird should be stepping on your finger confidently. Your next goal is to start to ditch the millet. But it has to be gradually. Your finger is in front of the bird and the millet is behind. When your approaching this position, you want the millet a little bit behind, when your bird steps up, bring the millet to the bird so I can eat comfortably. After 5-6 times of using that length, your going to put the millet even more back. Follow this routine until the millet is begind your back and the bird is stepping up without even seeing the millet. Don't forget, if the bird steps up, he gets the millet.

By this time your bird should be eager to find your finger because he associated your finger with something positive instead of negative.
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Part Three:


In this last part we are going to discuss how to get your bird to fly to you.
Having in mind that your bird can already step up on your finger you might be wondering, "How on earth am I going to get that bird that was once to scared to look at me to actually fly to me?" It's quite simple!

Step 1:


Right now, your bird is steeping up normally on your finger. This time you are going to put your finger a little bit back so your bird has to use its beak to get on your finger. Once it gets used to this you can put it a little bit more back, your bird will now hop to get on your finger. Keep following this routine until your bird is flying distances to get to you. Make sure you are feeding him millet each time your bird steps up so the bird can have something to motivate him.

And that's it! You officially have tamed your bird.

Question:Do you have any proof that this works?

Answer: Actually, I have used this same exact method to tame 3 birds that I got from the flea market, yes, the FLEA MARKET. No sociallizing, no human interaction, nothing. Just wild birds that have been abused. I got them from flying away from me to flying to me. That's a big difference. I bet this can work for ANY bird. The only hard part is having patients but I promise you, you won't regret it.
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It's funny how different people have different training methods. My hands down rule with my birds is that my hands do not go in the cage unless I'm changing food, water or cleaning them out. My cockatiel, Harvey, wasn't too bad about it but I hand raised him myself and the moment I opened the door he would jump out straight on to me. Other birds though, I clicker and target train them until they come out of their cages on their own with little interference from myself. If it works it works though I like your method still, it's all positive re-enforcement I don't like it when people think the tough love method works for birds. Yes it might work, but why build a relationship on fear?

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Your going to have to break the comfort zone somehow. Birds have to know that your hand is not going to hurt them. I agree that putting your hand on their face is not good. But putting it on the front of the cage where it has a distance from your bird is totally okay.
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Yes I agree! I try to encourage people not to put their hands in cages though, unless they want to get bit Cockatiels are more the shuffle away and flap everywhere type but other birds can be downright groggy about hands going in the cage!

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Your actually right. I totally agree with you!

I edited that step. How do you like it?

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Very good info!
I am sorry I never read this post over on TC my birds are all tame so I skip the taming threads usually, just to many threads to go thru them all. You are very smart with your birds and very caring.
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Thank you. It's no problem at all. Don't worry.
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This was helpful, thanks for sharing!
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You didn't have to edit it if you didn't want to!!! I was just saying my preferred method Yours was fine

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I agree with you. That step was the only one I did not do. I put that in the guide because I have seen it recommended a lot. It's not mandatory like step 3 for example.
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