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Hi A bit wordy for me......B.J.

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Hello. You might find this one a mite easier to follow



First a few tips to make life easier for you.

Taming, can start before young leave the nest with your own home bred

birds. With bought birds you can start as soon as they have settled into

their new cage

In the evening prior to your chosen taming days, provide your birds with

only a basic seed mix diet & use any or all the other food items in very

small portions as taming treats. Millet spray alone soon loses its appeal.

Birds eat a wide variety of fruit, veg, nuts, hard boiled eggs etc, etc. so

don't stick with a limited selection for their dietary needs.


I normally train eight birds in a cage at the same time so the shyest birds

learn from their more forward cage mates. One, two or eight birds, the

taming method is the same, allow the shyest bird set the pace....

Don't let them out of their cage till they are all happy to perch on your

hand to eat the treat every time it's offered.

Any chasing & catching can ruin any bond already built-up between you.

Many birds are fearful & hate being clasped in the hand.

Keeping birds caged for a few days will not cause them harm in any way,

either mentally or physically.

With nervous birds, cover half the cage to make them feel safe & secure

& take care not to stand over them like a predator.




Offer your bird a few treat foods, through the cage bars.

If he shows any fear or attempt to bite, remove your hand & the treat for

a count of 10. Re-offer the treat & do this as often as it takes.

Offer him treats little & often, so your visits mean nice things to eat.

Only after a day or two of successful through the bars feeding, will he be

ready for hand feeding inside the cage.


Hold the treat food on your fingers, palm up close to the perch so he can

eat. During the next few days, move the treat onto your palm, so he has

to step-up onto your fingers to reach & eat the treats.

After a day or two of feeding your bird while he's perched on your

hand every time it's offered.

You can now take him from the cage for a fly round, knowing you can

return him with a food treat in his cage & a small treat in your hand for

a step-up reward..

Allow your bird to explore their environment, but don't try to push him

into interacting with you.


One lesson at a time & a step-up, in & out of the cage is enough for any

bird to learn before moving on to other tricks & games.

If your bird includes you in his exploration then okay, but take care not to

make any sudden moves that may upset him..

Professional trainers & performers give a food treat to ensure a friendly,

happy compliance.

Even if it's only one peck at a millet spray or a Sunflower heart for a large

parrot, half a heart for a budgie size bird ....B J

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Loved the articles and I especially liked when Bird Junky writes not to stand over the bird like a predator. I never could put it into words before but I instinctively approach my birds cage on a rolling office chair. My daughter is 5' 11" and when she looks at the birds she gets very close to the cage and they start to pant. I never knew how to explain it made me so uncomfortable. She does back away if she see's them pant. I think now I can just stay back and offer her my chair if she wants a closer look.

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