How to tame a scared budgie?

There’s nothing quite like the feeling of coming home to a happy, chirping budgie. These little birds can be great companions and provide hours of entertainment. 

However, if your budgie is scared or shy, it can be difficult to get them to open up and enjoy their new home. In this blog post, we will discuss how to tame a scared budgie and help them feel comfortable in their new environment!

Why the Budgie Scare?

Before we get into how to tame a scared budgie, it’s important to understand why they may be feeling scared in the first place. There are a few reasons why your budgie may be acting scared:

  • They were just brought home and are still getting used to their new surroundings.
  • There is something in their environment that is causing them to feel scared or threatened (e.g., a loud noise, another animal).
  • They are not used to being handled and are afraid of being picked up.
  • They are not used to being around people and are still getting used to human interaction.
  • When they have had a bad experience with humans in the past and are now mistrustful.
  • If they are not used to being around humans and need time to get acclimated.
  • When they are sick or injured and in pain.
  • They are pregnant and feel protective of their eggs.

If you can identify the reason your budgie is scared, it will be easier to address the issue and help them feel more comfortable. For example, if your budgie is afraid of being handled, you will need to take a different approach than if they are just getting used to their new environment.

Budgerigar parakeet taking off

How to Tame a Scared Budgie?

There are a few different things you can do to help your budgie feel more comfortable and tame their sacred behavior. The approach you take will depend on the reason why your budgie is feeling scared. Below, we will discuss some general tips as well as specific techniques for each scenario. So, let’s get into how you can help them feel more comfortable and tame them.

Give Them Time to Adjust

When you first bring your budgie home, it’s important to give them time to adjust to their new surroundings. This means not handling them or trying to force interaction. 

Just let them explore their new home and get used to being around you. This process can take a few days to a week or more, so be patient!

Make Them feel Safe

Once your budgie has had a chance to adjust to their new home, you can start working on making them feel safe. This means creating a safe space for them where they can go to feel secure.

This could be a corner of their cage or a small room that they have all to themselves. Fill the space with their favorite toys and things that make them feel comfortable.

Build Trust

The next step is to start building trust between you and your budgie. This means slowly introducing them to human interaction and handling. Start by sitting near their cage and talking to them in a soft, calming voice.

Once they seem comfortable with this, you can try offering them a treat from your hand. If they take the treat, you can slowly start moving your hand closer to them so that they get used to being touched. Once they are comfortable with this, you can try picking them up for short periods of time.

Create a Bond

The next step is to create a bond with your budgie. This means making sure that they trust you and feel comfortable around you. Once you have built trust and created a bond, your budgie will be much less scared and more likely to enjoy human interaction.

To do this, make sure to spend time with them every day, interacting in ways that they enjoy. This could be playing games, talking, or just sitting together.

Cute little budgie bird on child hand

Be Close to Your Budgie

The next step is to be close to your budgie. This means sitting near their cage or perch and talking to them in a soft voice.  By being close to your budgie and interacting with them positively, you will create a bond that will help to tame their sacred behavior.

Offer Food By Your Hand

The next step is to offer food by hand. This means holding a piece of food in your hand and letting your budgie eat it from there. You can also try offering them a treat from your hand.

If they take the treat, you can slowly start moving your hand closer to them so that they get used to being touched. Once they are comfortable with this, you can try picking them up for short periods of time. By offering food by hand, you will help your budgie to feel safe and secure around you.

Making Your Hand Your Budgie’s Favorite Perch

The final step is to make your hand your budgie’s favorite perch. This means letting them sit on your hand and giving them lots of positive reinforcement like treats and petting.

Once they are comfortable with this, you can try picking them up for short periods of time. By making your hand their favorite perch, you will help your budgie feel safe and secure.

Try Some Training

The last step is to try some training. This means teaching your budgie simple tricks like how to perch on your finger or how to step up. Once they are comfortable with this, you can try picking them up for short periods of time. 

Conclusion

Taming a scared budgie can be a long and difficult process, but it is possible with patience and perseverance. By following the steps above, you will help your budgie feel safe and secure around you. With time and patience, your budgie will learn to trust you and become a tame and friendly bird.

Leave a Comment