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Perfectly join the family and become a true friend is able to budgerigar. Small children who love to plant a pet in their arms so much appreciate birds. Not immediately, getting from the market or pet store home into the cage, the pet is ready to make contact. And then most owners get confused as to how to tame the budgerigar if it is afraid. A few basic recommendations below will help make the bird handmade and make friends quickly with it.
After the budgerigar has got into a new house, he needs to give time to get used to the situation. It is advisable not to disturb a family member for at least 1-2 weeks, so that he gets used to his house and gets comfortable. If you buy a bird from the breeder, then there will be no problems with taming, since most often they pre-train the animal. It is not recommended to take a budgie from a pet store, as in this case there is a risk of taking an adult already. In this case, the risk of disease in the bird increases if it has lived with other individuals for a long time.
Much faster, your pet will become tame if you conduct classes regularly. In lessons, it is important to be patient and consistent. I like the parrot when they communicate with him kindly and amiably. If you train a bird not systematically, then you can’t count on quick results.
Let the bird get used to it
Do not forget that for a budgie to sit in the hands of a person is stress. After buying a pet, he needs to give time to get comfortable in a new shelter. Making sudden movements or screaming loudly near the cell in the first few weeks is not recommended. It is not worth counting on the fact that a new family member will become manual in just a couple of days - you need to be patient. To carry out cleaning in the cage, change the water or the feeder should be neat and smooth, without sudden movements.
It is best to put the house of a budgie in a place so that the animal sees its owners well and can recognize the household. Do not forget to talk with the feathered, repeat his name, speak calmly and friendly.
For those who do not know how and when to tame a budgie, if he is afraid, it is worth paying attention to the following fact. If a pet calmly eats its food in the presence of the owner and does not panic at the same time, then this is a good sign. The bird also should not react negatively to movements on the side of the cage and calmly go about their business. Such behavior suggests that it is time to move on to learning.
The best way to teach a budgie to sit on your hand is to offer him refreshments. Giving goodies first is best through bars. No need to worry if the pet first refuses the treat, as after a few days he will begin to come up and take food with interest. Giving your favorite lure you need to affectionately call him by name and not behave abruptly.
Taming can be continued as follows:
- In the morning, give a treat from the hand, sticking it into the cage. First, you need to offer complementary foods to a budgie holding food between your fingers, palm up.
- After that, treats are placed on an open palm and gently push it into the cage. The pet should get used to eating from the palm of his hand.
- To train a parrot sits on a finger. Extend the index finger and carefully bring to the place where he sits. If the bird does not sit on the hand, then the finger should be brought to the stomach (between the paws) and touch it slightly.
There are times when you have to spend more time (than 3 weeks) to tame a pet so that it becomes tame. If the case with food does not give a result, then it is worth trying to hold out a feathery mirror. Wavy really like to play with an imaginary friend, so gradually the bird will begin to get used to his hands. Insert the mirror into the cage carefully, without sudden movements.
You can play with your pet taming to your hands using other items. It can be a cap from a pen or bottle. The toy is first carefully offered through the rods, and when the feathered one is interested, they stick it into the open cage.
A handmade parrot is a true joy for all family members, as you can play with it and cheer yourself up. If the pet calmly sits on his finger, then it's time to let the pet fly (after closing the windows, doors and removing sharp objects). In the case when the pet sat on the ledge or chandelier, you do not need to scare him by waving his arms. It is enough to offer the bird food, so that it sits on the hand and lowered into a cage. During the walk, the house should be kept open so that the animal learns to return to the middle.
How to behave with a parrot that bites
First of all, you need to understand why your parrot began to bite. There are several reasons to consider. Budgerigars can behave this way during molting, due to lack of attention, because of fear, or they can thus play or defend their territory. The choice of a way to solve the problem will depend on the cause. For example, if it is only a temporary phenomenon, it is better to just wait.
You can also begin to pay more attention to the parrot, talk to him more often, put special toys in his cage that he can peck. If you understand that the parrot is simply protecting its territory, try not to put your hand in the cage when the bird is there.
In no case do not start loudly screaming at the parrot when it bites, and, of course, do not beat it. A blow can greatly scare the bird, and stress in this case is fraught with big trouble. Screams will be inappropriate for another reason: parrots love loud noises and often make them themselves, so if you scream, the bird may perceive it as a signal for action. Unfortunately, in this way, the owners sometimes, without realizing it, teach their pet to bite. Try to endure pain steadily and calmly. Draw your hand away without touching the bird.
How to make a parrot stop biting
To wean a parrot to bite, you need to make it respond correctly to the word "no", said in a certain tone. As soon as the bird bites you, quickly drive it away and strictly say: “It is impossible”. From the first time, of course, the parrot will not understand anything, but after 4-5 repetitions it will learn that the word "cannot" means "you need to stop doing something." In the future, in the same way you can wean him from many other leprosy.
In some cases, it is appropriate to try to slightly click the parrot on the nose. This does not apply to situations when you have to deal with a pugnacious bird, or a pet that protects its cage, otherwise you run the risk of angry the parrot, and he will begin to bite even more in retaliation.
If the parrot behaves incorrectly during the game, try switching his attention quickly. This will help to solve the problem quickly and easily. In the future, you will learn how to immediately distract the parrot as soon as it starts to bite you, after which the bird eventually forgets its unpleasant habit and starts to behave better.
Why does a parrot bite
The bird's beak is a sensitive organ that has several important functions. One of them is touch. As a person feels the properties of surrounding objects, touching them with his hand, so a parrot receives information about the world with its beak. A curious bird with its beak checks whether the object is suitable for food, whether it can be used for its games. Having noticed a stain, a trim detail or a crumb on a person’s body and clothes, a feathered bird will certainly bite. Such a bite can be quite painful.
If you do not take into account the weak tweaks associated with benevolent interest, then there will remain three main reasons why parrots bite:
Let us individually analyze each of these factors that prompt the bird to defend itself.
In nature, birds have more opportunities to avoid danger: it is enough to fly up and fly away or hide in dense foliage. The domestic parrot, although locked in a cage, does not feel full confidence. Seeing a real threat nearby, the feathered uses its main weapon to survive. How can you notice that the parrot has become aggressive? He opens his beak, hisses and pounces on a terrifying object.
Any trifle can frighten a bird:
- a familiar person in unusual clothes
- sharply turned on household appliances or an electronic toy,
- a new item inside the cell,
- sneezing and coughing people, animals,
- shameless behavior of guests who want to hold the feathered in their hands.
The bird feels a sense of fear even when it sees curtains that are inflated in a draft. The constant presence of a cat in the apartment makes you be on your guard. Under stress, the parrot can clog into the corner of the cage and pretend to be dead. Nevertheless, birds tend to defend themselves. Therefore, they bite, defending their territory and life.
The habits of a bird are characterized by its temperament. There are calm, peace-loving parrots, but a lot of wayward individuals are also found. For them, there is nothing special in grabbing the owner by the nose, ear, pecking in the eye. Delaying the skin on the hands is generally a nice thing, because there will be nothing for it anyway. By bites, the parrot, as it were, signals to the owner about its inconvenience.
Unpleasant character traits become more noticeable if the bird is weakened by a disease or a change of plumage. Trying to distract from itching and pain, the pet bites others for no reason. Increased irritability can become a habit. The most unbearable nature manifests itself during the nesting period.
The behavior of the birds changes when the sexual instinct is activated. Under the influence of hormones, the male parrot everywhere sees a threat to his partner. Trying to protect the female, he transfers his mood to his cage neighbors and even to his beloved master: he pinches him and bites him. The female builds and protects the future nest, and also takes care of the offspring. Anyone who dares to disturb a couple, seized by a parental impulse, will be forced to flee.
Do parrots hurt?
The strength of the bite varies depending on the physical condition and degree of aggression of the bird. For example, budgerigars bite noticeably, but they are unlikely to cause significant injury. Sensitive parts of the body: lips, ears, can suffer more seriously. But the attack of a large individual is very dangerous, because a powerful beak bites through human skin, leaves bruises and abrasions. If your ward every now and then puts the beak in motion, especially take care of your eyes.
What to do if a parrot has bitten before blood
A parrot can bite through the skin deeply before a wound appears. It is important that no infection gets inside. If the pet has bitten before the blood, immediately rinse the affected area with water. Then apply cotton wool soaked in hydrogen peroxide or chlorhexidine. When the blood stops, you should bandage it with a bandage, stick on the patch. In case of serious injury, seek medical attention.
How to wean a parrot from biting
Raising a parrot needs to be dealt with from the first days. As soon as the pet gets comfortable in the new environment and ceases to be afraid of people, you can begin to interact: give him food from the palm of his hand, offer to sit on the finger. In the process of taming, aggressive behavior of the bird cannot be encouraged. The owner must stop any warlike attack, an attempt to bite or peck in the face. Let the bird get used to its position, otherwise in the future life together there will be a lot of stress in the bird and in man.
But what if the moment is missed? How to wean a budgerigar to bite if he no longer controls himself?
- Stay away from disgruntled exclamations. Hearing an angry shout, the bird is unlikely to understand that it is associated with its behavior. She will probably be scared and will beware of further such actions. It is much better to pronounce the word "impossible" with a strict voice, staring into the eyes of the pet.
- When the parrot bites, do not pull your hand back. Try not to make sudden movements, despite the pain. An effective option is to slightly wave your free hand towards the bird.
- Show offense. After the bite, stop practicing with the feathered, leave his field of vision.
- Distract attention. Knowing your pet, you can foresee the moment of the bite. If you notice a willingness to attack, pull away on time.
So what to do if a parrot bites? One of the rules for taming a bird is to not allow it to attack people. Giving a reaction to a bite, a person involuntarily contributes to the consolidation of a habit. The parrot just perceives everything as a game. If one day a pet bites you, step away from it for a while, do not let it out of your cage, and do not pick it up in your hands. Gradually create a friendly atmosphere around the bird so that there is no reason to bite.
Why is a female pecking a male
Although it is believed that males are more active than females, more often than females are more aggressive in relation to males, biting them. There are several reasons why female budgerigars bite:
- a girl can perceive a male novice as a stranger encroaching on her territory. After some time, when the wavy get used to and make friends, nibbling and biting will stop,
- the female does not feel well, therefore she bites the male to show that she does not need to be touched. Pay attention to the condition of your pet, especially if symptoms of weakness, lack of appetite, a change in the consistency and color of the litter appear
- a girl may feel tired or depressed. It is better to transplant the boy into another cage, so that his girlfriend rests. To return when she is cheerful and ready to communicate,
- because of jealousy, the female can peck her partner, who receives more attention from the owner. Bites the owner himself. If the pair is contained in a flock of parrots, pets can bite because of jealousy towards their brethren. Here, the male may already peck the female.
How parrots bite
Bites of birds can be different, it all depends on what mood and purpose she does: she defends herself and is afraid, or plays and teases. Feathered birds can bite slightly without causing much discomfort. If you react too violently to bites, it will only inspire the parrot to further actions, and then it will be quite difficult to wean it.
What to do if a cockatiel parrot has bitten before blood? In this case, you should always have on hand hydrogen peroxide and adhesive. In most cases, the bites, although painful, do not make serious wounds, even if the blood comes out. After a while, the discomfort disappears.