Ok so I have my second pet now, a parakeet. Just picked him up today and is in a cage for my condo. Right now he is a super scared and will not leave the back floor corner of his cage. I was just curious as to how might be the best way for me to get him acclimated to his new home. I do have a mini schnauzer who is really sweet and is enamored with the bird at the moment, but not clawing at the cage or anything. What are some tried and true methods to get me used to the bird as well as the bird used to me.
Thanks,
Derek
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Ok so I have my second pet now, a parakeet. Just picked him up today and is in a cage ... some tried and true methods to get me used to the bird as well as the bird used to me.

To a little bird your cute little dog is about sweet as if someone had just dropped a cuddly grizzly bear in your living room and it was enamored with you. Keep them separated in different rooms.

Don't try to pick up your bird at all. Let it get accustomed to it's environment and your presence. Sleeping in the same room with your bird a few feet away helps. It will feel a lot safer it can fly but I doubt you'll allow that. In a month if you don't continue to terrorize it and you gently and slowly offer it food treats from your fingers it may start to accept you and your hands as something which isn't trying to eat it.
Being flock animals it's the nature of parakeets (like most parrots) to crave companionship and they'll accept it from humans if that's all thats available AND they decide it's safe. It's not at all natural for a tiny bird to be cuddly with a omnivore weighing a thousand times more, but they will. That takes a lot of patience on the part of the human. The bird has it's life at stake. Harming or scaring the bird in any way will delay that acceptance, perhaps forever. If the bird accepts the schnauzer as a companion there's a good chance the bird will be killed even if the dog is only "playing". Birds are fairly fragile. Don't encourage them to be friends.
For a bird if escape isn't an obvious option it will put up the best fight it can to defend itself if it thinks it's about to be harmed. Being submissive to being injured isn't in their list of options. They fight by biting purposely to inflict pain and parrots are pretty good at it. Take being bitten that as a sign you've done something which scared the bird, not that the bird hates you.
If you're patient and think of the bird's needs first you'll most likely be good friends in a couple of months. If you skip that step an try to train the bird to behave the way you think it should you'll soon realize you've brought home a feathered demon from hell.
Ok so I have my second pet now, a parakeet. Just picked him up today and is in a cage ... and true methods to get me used to the bird as well as the bird used to me. Thanks, Derek

The cage needs to be high enough off the floor so the dog is not able to look in at the bird first. Then you need to give the bird some time. Don't try to force the issue. After a couple weeks you can start trying to work with the bird. It's going to take some time with a wild bird that has not been hand fed and well tamed.

"Everything in excess! To enjoy the flavor of life, take big bites. Moderation is for monks."
(Lazarus Long)
Thanks for all the help guys, this is way better than anything ive read Online. I have the bird cage up on top of a table and my dog gets up on top of the couch and watches it from like 3 feet away, so I am moving it to the bar where the dog cannot see. I will never let teh bird out around my dog w/o my supervision. Even though my dog is very well trained, i know how the can hurt things by not knowing their own strength. So I will try to keep their interaction limited.

I am a little worried because he/she will not move from its favorite spot, I do have clean water, and food, along with millet, and a calcium block thing available to it. If it gets hungry enough will it be able to find the food or do i have to worry about them scaring themselves sick. So what did y'all mean by having the bird in the room with me when I sleep, do you mean out of the cage, or bringing the cage next my bed. Anyways thanks for addressing my concerns.

Derek
Thanks for all the help guys, this is way better than anything ive read Online. I have the bird cage ... how the can hurt things by not knowing their own strength. So I will try to keep their interaction limited.

It's not what the dog will, or will not, do. It's what the budgie THINKS and FEARS the may do that matters.
Picture yourself in the same small area as a great white shark. Now, let's pretend that their is an owner of the great white, and he knows that it would never eat you. Not knowing what the owner knows, just how comfortable would you be with the great white lurking in your space? Would you feel constantly stressed with it swimming by you all the time? Would you be able to relax enough to sleep? How would your appetite be?
I am a little worried because he/she will not move from its favorite spot, I do have clean water, and ... enough will it be able to find the food or do i have to worry about them scaring themselves sick.

It is normal for a budgie to just stick to one spot in the cage. It will find the food and water and will eat and drink. Unless the great white is prowling around.
So what did y'all mean by having the bird in the room with me when I sleep, do you mean out of the cage, or bringing the cage next my bed. Anyways thanks for addressing my concerns.

Bringing the cage. However, I don't do that technique with a new bird. I will have the cage stay in the area where I spend the most time so s/he can observe me. I also am able to talk with it, off and on, so it can get used to my voice. If it seems to be stressed, I will cover the cage for a while so that the bird can feel more relaxed

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So is it a bad idea to have a bird and a dog? I can understand a cat, but are dogs just as bad? Anyways, so should i wait like 2 weeks or so to before i let it out of its cage, and then do i let it out in the bathroom or something, and let it kind of figure me out? Im kind of unsure of how to first approach the bird, and when to do it.
So is it a bad idea to have a bird and a dog? I can understand a cat, but are ... of figure me out? Im kind of unsure of how to first approach the bird, and when to do it.

Let's put it this way - to the dog, the bird looks like a mighty tasty snack.
Someone mentioned a great white shark in your swimming pool. I think that's a good analogy.

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So is it a bad idea to have a bird and a dog? I can understand a cat, but are ... of figure me out? Im kind of unsure of how to first approach the bird, and when to do it.[/nq]Many of us have birds cats and dogs. It's all in how it's done. Your bird is scared already, letting it see something that looks like it wants to eat it will not help things. After the bird is comfortable in it's new home it will either ignore the dog, or at least not fear it. If it is clipped you can start letting it out whenever it is ready, just have the dog not in the room. After it starts moving around in it's cage freely you can start with your hands.

Try offering it Millet you are holding. Just go slow. It takes a while to tame a wild bird. The only real mistake is to try to rush things. If the bird is not clipped, you need to watch out before letting it out. Make sure it's in a room where it can't get hurt or end up where you can't reach it. Small birds can learn to navigate inside a home very well if you are wiling to do your part and take the risk involved.
"Everything in excess! To enjoy the flavor of life, take big bites. Moderation is for monks."
(Lazarus Long)
So is it a bad idea to have a bird ... to first approach the bird, and when to do it.

Many of us have birds cats and dogs. It's all in how it's done. Your bird is scared already, letting ... involved. "Everything in excess! To enjoy the flavor of life, take big bites. Moderation is for monks." (Lazarus Long)

Its good to know i wont have to choose between pets. I think I am doing a good job keeping my dog away from the bird, and he is also losing his constant interest w/ it. So it is ok to let the bird out in say the bathroom in the next few days or so and let her spread her (clipped) wings a little? Or do i need to let her be in her cage for a few weeks to get used to her new home.
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