First, leave one parrot so that he can calmly look around, get acquainted with his home. As mentioned earlier, less strain it during this period with your presence. Forget about cleaning the cage in the first week. Let the bird feel confident in the reliability and safety of their new home. Temper your curiosity and explain the need for this to the children. And in any case, do not allow them to grab the bird with their hands during this period. If necessary, change the water or sprinkle food, try to do it without sudden movements, talking to the parrot in a gentle, soothing tone.
The first two to three weeks. this is a time of gradual rapprochement with the bird. She will get used to you faster if you keep her at some distance, go about your business and occasionally speak with a parrot. And if he is young enough, then soon curiosity will exceed his fears, and he will increasingly be inclined to contact with you.
After two to three weeks, talk with the bird constantly. We got up in the morning, say: "Hi Chika!" or "Good morning, little gosh!". Repeat each phrase repeatedly. During the day, often find the opportunity to talk with a parrot. If you stood next to the cage, and the parrot approached you by the perch, give him something tasty for that, push the cages through the bars, holding them in your hand. If the parrot is already boldly taking a treat, take the next step: open the door of the cage and offer him food from the palm of your hand. Patience and gentle handling of the bird. your trump cards in this game.
But then he finally sat on your palm or finger. Try to carefully pull it out. If he continues to sit quietly, walk around the room with him and put him in a cage again. After several such walks, the bird will have first ideas about the size of the room, and it will learn to find the entrance to the cage.
All of the above terms for establishing contact with a parrot are designed for very young birds.
The situation is different with young birds at the age of four to eight months. Such birds lived for quite some time with their parents or other parrots and in their behavior are already quite clearly oriented to the laws of behavior in the flock. When such a bird lonely gets to a new person, she, of course, experiences fear. She needs to be handled even more restrained and carefully, and for getting used to and affection for a person, she needs as many months as a young budgie for weeks. Even more time is needed to tame an adult budgerigar, who had previously lived in an environment of its own kind, some of them will not get used to a person to the end, and at any approximation they will be scared to flutter around the cage. It is better to keep such birds in pairs or in a flock, so they will become more gullible, but tame or speaking. never. And if you have already got an adult parrot and want to tame it and teach you to speak, you need to be patient with maximum patience!
Well, if your little bird flies freely around the room, gently nibbles you on the earlobe, picks its hair or eyebrows with its beak. it is she who shows you her love and affection. That’s fine! So you are worthy of her affection and her love. In cases with especially shy parrots, one of the following two methods often helps to at least wean the bird from scared rushing around the cage or hiding in a corner from fear. Remove all feed from the cage three times a week. four o’clock. This is best done after cleaning the cell, when there really is not a grain left in it. After that, open the door and bring the parrot in the palm of your hand food or millet ears. Delicious food and your affectionate exhortations can help him overcome fear and peck a couple of grains from the palm of his hand. Keep your hand still and continue to talk with him. Over time, he will begin to trust you more and more, and even if he doesn’t become completely tame, he will be a sociable and unpretentious parrot.
Another method is to take the budgie in hand, talking with him, and bathe in a pre-prepared warm bath with a weak solution of potassium permanganate (prevention of various diseases and feather loss). Repeat this procedure once a week. No need to wet your head. After bathing, you need to wrap the bird with a warm small towel and keep two near you. two and a half hours, scratching the parrot from time to time in the area of the cheeks, neck and head, gently talking to him and calling him by name. You can hang on yourself any beads, rustling or shiny objects. This will certainly attract the attention of the bird, arouse curiosity in it. Soon, a fearful bird can turn into a tame, communicative and talkative parrot.
But some parrots can not be tamed.
Usually this is the result of mistreatment of the bird by the people who had it before it came to you. Perhaps she was injured, communicated with her only by trapping, often causing pain. It is already difficult to count on the trust of the parrot. Such a bird forever remains wild and inhospitable.
In order for the parrot to learn to talk, you need to start his training as early as possible, from the youngest time of his life. In the process of training, the bird more and more becomes attached to the person.
Those who have little time left for such activities can be recommended to use a tape recorder to play back pre-recorded words and sentences. When you leave. turn on the tape recorder while you are away. Although direct studies with the bird are more effective and bring more joy to its owners. Especially when the feathered student gives out more and more pearls of the colloquial genre.
Tatyana Starostina. Newspaper "My beast" 2001.9.