Me and my wife bought a parakeet from pets mart about a mount and a half a go. We have been trying to train it to stand on our finger. He wont. When we put our finger against him he gets on then gets scared and gets off. He is also still acting scared from us. We are trying hard to get him use to us by feeding him with our hands and things like that, but its not helping!
we are afraid that if we let our bird out of the cage, he will go crazy. He has not been out of his cage yet! Im concerned about it. So I have 2 questions.
1) How long does it take for a parakeet to warm up

and 2) (more importantly) What ways can I get him out of the cage, with our him freeking out? It seems unhealthy for him to be in his cage for a month!
Thanks!
Doug
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1) How long does it take for a parakeet to warm up and 2) (more importantly) What ways can I ... with our him freeking out? It seems unhealthy for him to be in his cage for a month! Thanks! Doug

The fastest way to train a bird is by cutting the fly feathers.. check with the vet or even Petsmart , they usually charge $5.00. Later on when they are train you just let the wings grow out.
Me and my wife bought a parakeet from pets mart about a mount and a half a go. We have ... with our him freeking out? It seems unhealthy for him to be in his cage for a month! Thanks! Doug

http://www.pethealthcare.net/html/body taming training and talking.html

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Me and my wife bought a parakeet from pets mart about a mount and a half a go. We have ... with our him freeking out? It seems unhealthy for him to be in his cage for a month! Thanks! Doug

I would have someone show you how to clip his wings. Do just enough that he can't get up in the air and get away or get hurt. Then you can let him have out of cage time, and try working with him when you are watching TV and such. Tames them much faster. They want attention, but they often feel the cage is their territory, it's often better to try to have time with them away from it.

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1) How long does it take for a parakeet to ... to be in his cage for a month! Thanks! Doug

The fastest way to train a bird is by cutting the fly feathers.. checkwith the vet or even Petsmart , they usually charge $5.00. Later on when they are train you just let the wings grow out.

Hmmm. A scared bird's only 2 defences are bite or flight. Remove the 'flight' option, and what do they have left?
The wing clipping option is not acceptable to everyone and in some countries (like the UK and most of Europe) it is not the norm at all. A little knowledge, buying a hand reared bird and patience would be the 3 key things.
The fastest way to train a bird is by cutting the fly feathers.. check with

the vet or even Petsmart , they usually charge $5.00. Later on when they are train you just let the wings grow out.

More bull from a bird mutilator.
1) How long does it take for a parakeet to warm up

Jimmy received a parrot for Christmas. The parrot was fully grown, with a very bad attitude and worse vocabulary.
Every other word was an expletive; those that weren't expletives were, to say the least, rude. Jimmy tried to change the bird's attitude by constantly saying polite words, playing soft music... anything he could think of. Nothing worked.
He yelled at the bird, and the bird got worse. He shook the bird, and the bird got madder and more rude.
Finally, in a moment of desperation, Jimmy put the parrot in the freezer. For a few moments he heard the bird swearing, squawking, kicking and screaming and then, suddenly, there was absolute quiet.

Jimmy was frightened that he might have actually hurt the bird, and quickly opened the freezer door.
The parrot calmly stepped out onto Jimmy's extended arm and said, "I'm sorry that I offended you with my language and my actions, and I ask your forgiveness. I will endeavor to correct my behavior".

Jimmy was astounded at the changes in the bird's attitude and was about to ask what had changed him, when the parrot continued, "May I ask what the Chicken did?"

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