A Basic Guide to Tame a Parrot for New Owners


When your parrot first comes to your house, they might be scared because they don’t know you and your place. It is not easy when first working with a parrot as a pet. Happy & Polly offers you a beginner’s guide to get your bird’s trust and tame a parrot step by step.

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#1 Getting them used to your presence

When you first bring a bird home, there will be an adjustment period. What you need to do is really carefully observe your bird for signs of stress. If they were stressed out, they might not want to eat for the first day. It is a stressful experience for a little bird. You don't want to completely ignore your bird.

Some people will leave the bird in the cage for two weeks which is not a good idea. Your bird needs to start getting used to you from the start, just be in the room, do something else. You should just open the cage and sit in the room, so they could get used to your presence and she actually did end up flying out.

Always make sure that the bird is ready. Don't rush ahead. You should take it slow, so the bird learns to trust you. The bird is making the choice, the decision to come out, and be with you. You can just sit there and do your own things, they’ll watch you and get used to you be in the room without intruding or forcing them to come out.

#2 Bring a Treat to your bird

Basically, after your bird is no longer freaking out in your presence then you want to take a treat that your bird likes and offer it to them. If you can get your bird eating from your hand, then that's going to build a lot of trust for small parents like budgies and cockatiels.

feed parrot millet spray

Most of them really love millet spray. It's a great treat for a trust-building at the start. You can basically hold one end of it and just feed it to them. They can just eat it while still being at a safe distance from you. You can start by feeding the millet while they're still inside the cage.

Instead of standing up, you can sit down to feed them. When you are physically lower than the bird, the bird has a sense of security. Another thing that you can do is not look directly at the bird. If the bird is still scared, then they might view you as a predator. Predators in the wild will stare directly at the bird. If you're looking away from the bird, the bird will feel less threatened.

At first, you just really want to take it slow, so the bird gains trust and you don't want to chase the bird all around the cage to try and get them out. You can also stick the millet in between the bars. Once your bird is eating the millet from your hand, what you can do is make the millet stick shorter by putting your hand closer to the end of it, and then the bird will have to move closer to your hand. After that your bird will be comfortable enough to just eat some seeds out of the palm of your hand, it's a really good step of progress.

#3 Pick a treat not in their normal diet

Once you get your bird eating from your hand directly, they're not gonna freak out. When the bird eats food from your hand, they're associating you with positive experiences. You want to pick a treat that your bird doesn't get in their normal diet. If they're only getting that treat when they're with you, then they start to look forward to being with you.

The only way they can get this treat is if they decide to come out and step up on your hand. However, it's not like they're always going to be comfortable just stepping right up onto your hand right away. So what you can do is take your stick a handheld perch and put some millet in front of the perch to lure them on so to get them out of the cage. What also helps is you can distract them with the millet sometimes.

Parrot Stand Toy

You can hold the millet to bring them out, let them hang out on the top of the cage or on a birds stand. Even if you're not going to hold them right away, and they're not gonna be comfortable with you holding them for long periods of time quite yet, you can just let them hang out and include your bird. And your bird will just kind of slowly get used to being out and then they'll start to look forward to it and enjoy it.

#4 Step up onto your hand

Once your bird is stepping up onto the stick consistently and coming out and they're comfortable with their surroundings. Then you want to teach them to step up onto your hand. You can just put your hand in front of your bird. If she starts moving away, then make sure you move very slowly.

parrot hand training

You can start feeding them some millet while they’re on the porch. They’ll want to reach for it. So you slowly move the millet away so that they have to step up onto your hand in order to reach the millet. They put one foot on and that's still a good step of progress. Reward them for any step of progress towards stepping up onto your hand. 

Once they get on your hand, you feed them millet and make sure that the bird feels comfortable sitting on your hand.  Please also keep in mind that they are fully flighted, so if they wanted to, they could take off at any time they feel safe.

#5 Spend time with them and be patient

Once you get your bird on your hand, then you just want to spend a lot of time with them, take them into other rooms with you, just have them hang out, and be there and they will bond to you very quickly.

parrot training

When you're taming birds, the main thing really is being consistent and never giving up. You really have to be patient with these birds. They are prey animals and they're not gonna warm up to you right away. Any bird can be tamed no matter what.

#6 Train their behaviors

And then eventually what I can do is use the millet to train her behaviors, like recall and tricks and anything else that you want to teach your bird. You put your arm here to give them somewhere to go. That means that they used you as a safe place.

Sometimes they are more comfortable on your clothing than on your hand because they can kind of grip better onto the fabric when they're on your arm. Birds will preen when they feel safe and you want to make sure that you pay attention to those kinds of things. So basically you can just walk around the house with them now because they are really chill and not going anywhere.

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