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Budgie Taming: A Comprehensive Step by Step Guide (9 Steps)

To tame a budgie, one must create a comfortable environment, approach the bird calmly, and use treats to build trust.

Progressing from there, the owner can introduce hand interactions, finger perching, and even trick training.

While each budgie’s pace might vary, consistent efforts lead to a trusting and delightful companionship.

Budgies are delightful birds, each with its unique personality and quirks. Drawing from my personal experiences and observations, I’ve crafted this guide to help you navigate the world of budgie taming.

Perfect for budgie enthusiasts, this step-by-step guide ensures a smooth and enriching taming information.

Budgie Taming: A Comprehensive Step by Step Guide (9 Steps)
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Budgie Taming Steps

1. Preparation & Understanding (Understanding Budgerigar Behavior)

Understand the Nature of Budgies: Budgies are naturally sociable birds. Hailing from environments where they live in flocks, they have a propensity to enjoy companionship.

However, they can also be skittish when introduced to unfamiliar settings or new humans.

Recognizing this aspect of their behavior is crucial when starting the taming process, ensuring that it’s not perceived as making them docile but rather acclimating them to their new surroundings and initiating training.

Choose the Right Time: Just like humans, budgies have their moments of activity and rest.

Observationally, budgies are often most receptive to interactions during their quieter periods, which are typically in the early morning or late afternoon.

This is an optimal window when the bird is more relaxed, and the chances of successful taming interactions increase.

Laying the Foundation for Trust: Building a trustful relationship with your budgie doesn’t happen overnight.

It begins with understanding their nature, as discussed. Furthermore, the bird’s new environment plays a significant role.

For instance, ensuring that in-house cages are kept at head height can help.

Avoiding areas with frequent overhead movement is also beneficial since it can unsettle them.

An ideal cage placement is against a wall or in a corner, as positioning it in the middle of a room can make the bird uneasy.

With the environment set up for comfort, your initial approaches to the bird should be during their quieter moments.

Approach the cage with slow movements, allowing the budgie time to adjust to your presence, and always speak in a soft, calming voice to lay down the pillars of trust.

Remember, patience is essential in this initial phase.

2. Initial Interactions (Gentle Starts to Budgie Bonding)

Start with Observation: Before diving into direct interactions with your budgie, it’s paramount to spend ample quality time observing them.

Position yourself near the cage and immerse the bird in a calming environment.

Talking softly to them can be remarkably effective. The soothing tones of your voice help in familiarizing the bird with your presence.

Playing gentle music can also serve as a beneficial tool, creating a peaceful atmosphere and aiding in decreasing any anxiety the budgie might have in its new environment.

Introduce Your Hand Slowly: As the budgie grows more accustomed to your presence through your verbal interactions, the next crucial step is physical interaction.

However, it’s essential to proceed with caution and sensitivity. Start by gently placing your hand inside the cage, ensuring that there are no sudden movements that might startle the bird.

Remember, this step is not about touching the bird immediately but more about letting the budgie get familiar with your hand.

If the budgie shows signs of being agitated, it’s vital to retreat your hand and attempt the introduction later.

Patience is key here. As time progresses and the bird becomes more comfortable, you can begin to use treats, like sprouting seeds or millet sprays, to encourage them to come closer and eventually feed from your hand.

This slow and steady approach ensures a strong foundation of trust is built between you and your feathered friend.

3. Using Treats (Reward-Based Taming Techniques)

Identify Treats They Love: The foundation of reward-based taming is understanding your budgie’s preferences.

While every budgie might have its unique likes, a universal favorite among these birds is the millet spray.

This treat is not just tasty for them but can act as an excellent taming tool.

It’s essential to recognize their favorite treats as this knowledge aids in forging a strong bond during training sessions.

Offer Treats from outside the Cage First: Initially, it’s important to approach your budgie in a manner that doesn’t threaten or scare them.

Begin by offering treats like sprouting seeds or chopped fruits from outside the cage.

This approach allows them to associate your presence with positive rewards, creating a foundation of trust.

Once they get accustomed to this, the next step involves gradually offering treats from your hand inside the cage.

This progression allows the budgie to get comfortable with your hand’s proximity and strengthens the association of your hand with positive rewards.

Over time, this method ensures that your budgie not only accepts treats but also starts looking forward to your interactions.

4. Daily Training Sessions (Routine Interactions with Your Bird)

Consistency Is Key: One of the most vital components in taming any pet, especially budgies, is regularity.

Just like humans, these feathered friends thrive on routines. When training your budgie, it’s essential to approach them daily.

This continuous interaction helps in reinforcing trust and ensures that your budgie stays familiarized with your presence.

It’s not about the total time you spend, but the consistent day-to-day bonding that really makes a difference.

Keep Sessions Short but Frequent: While it’s tempting to spend extended periods with your captivating budgie, especially when you see progress, it’s crucial to remember that less is more in the initial stages.

Aim for sessions that are about 10-15 minutes long. These short, frequent interactions are optimal as they prevent overwhelming the bird and minimize the chances of boredom or frustration.

Gradually Increase the Time Your Hand Stays in the Cage: After establishing a foundation of trust with short sessions, you can start increasing the duration your hand remains inside the cage.

Always observe your budgie’s behavior. If it remains calm, extend the session duration incrementally.

However, if you notice signs of agitation or discomfort, it might be wise to reduce the time slightly and try increasing again later.

Always prioritize ensuring that the budgie remains comfortable throughout the process, and remember to incorporate treats and positive reinforcement as part of your extended training sessions.

5. Addressing Specific Challenges (Handling Tricky Budgie Behaviors)

Training a budgie is a rewarding endeavor, but it’s not without its challenges.

Each budgie is unique, and you might encounter specific behaviors that require special attention.

Here’s a guide to addressing some common tricky behaviors:

For a Scared Budgie: It’s not unusual for a new budgie or one that has experienced trauma to be fearful of its surroundings or its human companion.

When dealing with a scared budgie, it’s imperative to maintain a calm environment.

Use soft talking and project a gentle demeanor. The sound of a calming voice can be reassuring for a fearful bird.

Positive reinforcement, such as treats or gentle words, can be beneficial. Avoid sudden movements or loud noises as these can exacerbate the bird’s anxiety.

Remember, gaining trust is a slow process; take it one step at a time.

For a Budgie That Bites: Some budgies might resort to biting, either out of fear or to establish dominance.

If you’re faced with a biting budgie, it’s essential to respond with understanding rather than annoyance.

Never punish the bird, as this can create more fear and aggressive behavior.

Instead, exhibit patience and continue with positive reinforcement techniques. Offering treats when the bird doesn’t bite or using a perch instead of fingers initially can help in reducing this behavior.

For a Budgie That Flies Away: Budgies are, by nature, flighty creatures.

If your budgie happens to fly away during a training session, it’s crucial to ensure the room is safe.

Close all windows and doors to prevent the budgie from escaping and encountering possible dangers outside.

It’s also a good idea to remove any potential hazards in the room, such as open water sources.

Instead of chasing the bird, which can cause more panic, be patient and let the budgie come back to its cage on its own.

Budgies often return to their familiar environment when they feel safe.

For Stubborn or Difficult Budgies: Just like humans, budgies have individual personalities.

Some might be more challenging to train than others. If you have a stubborn budgie on your hands, the key is, once again, patience.

It might take longer to see progress, but with consistent training, it’s achievable.

Use treats and toys to incentivize the bird, making sure to offer these as positive reinforcement for desired behaviors.

Sometimes, changing the type of treat or introducing a new toy can reignite a stubborn budgie’s interest in training.

6. Special Cases (Approaches for Unique Budgie Backgrounds)

Every budgie has its own story and background, which might affect its behavior.

It’s crucial to know the best approach depending on where your budgie comes from.

Taming a Pet Store Budgie: Budgies from pet stores might not have had much human interaction.

This can make them more fearful at first. When you bring them home, it’s essential to start with the basics.

Make sure they have a safe place to live, and it’s quiet.

Keeping things calm and stress-free is a good way to help them relax and get used to their new home.

Taming an Aggressive or Traumatized Budgie: Some budgies might have had a rough past.

They can be scared or even a little mean because of it.

If you have such a budgie, you’ll need to take things extra slow.

Be very gentle and understanding. If your budgie’s behavior is tough to manage, it’s okay to seek advice from avian experts.

They can give you special tips to help your budgie feel safe and happy.

7. Building Trust (Moving from Basic Trust to Deeper Bonding)

Building trust with your budgie is like making a new friend. At first, you’re just getting to know each other.

But over time, you can become best buddies!

Hand Training: As your budgie starts to feel more at home, you can teach it fun things.

One of the first things to teach is to “Step Up”. This means the budgie will walk onto your finger when you ask.

To do this, you’ll need some of their favorite treats. Hold a treat in one hand and encourage the budgie to come to you.

With practice, they’ll learn to walk onto your finger to get the treat!

Out-of-Cage Sessions: Budgies are curious birds. They love to look around and explore.

Once your budgie trusts you more, you can let it out of its cage to have a little adventure.

Always watch your budgie when it’s outside the cage. Make sure the room is safe with no open windows or other dangers.

These exploring sessions help your budgie feel free and happy, and it’s a great way for you both to have fun together!

8. Advanced Taming

Once you and your budgie are good friends, it’s fun to learn more together.

Advanced taming means teaching your budgie new things and letting it meet new friends.

Teaching Commands and Tricks: Budgies are smart birds! With a little time and some treats, they can learn cool stuff.

Remember the ladder trick? It’s just one of many things budgies can learn.

Use a special word (like “up you go”) and show your budgie what to do.

When it does the right thing, give it a treat! This way, the budgie knows it did a good job.

You can teach them to climb, play with toys, or even dance to music!

The main thing is to be patient. If your budgie doesn’t get it right away, that’s okay.

Just try again later.

Socializing with Other Birds or Humans: Budgies like to make friends. If you have other birds, or if your friends come over, it can be fun for your budgie to meet them.

But always remember to watch closely when your budgie meets someone new.

This is to make sure everyone is safe and happy. If the budgie or the new friend seems scared or upset, it’s okay to give them some space and try again another time.

The most important thing is to make sure everyone feels safe. So, if you introduce your budgie to another bird or human, always be there to watch and make sure they are getting along.

Finger Training

So, you want your budgie to sit on your finger? That’s a fun step!

Finger training means teaching your budgie to perch on your finger. Here’s how:

  1. Use a Treat: Budgies love yummy things. Find a treat they really like. It could be sprouting seeds, millet sprays, or some other tasty snack.
  2. Show the Treat: Let your budgie see the treat. Hold it close but don’t give it to them just yet.
  3. Use Your Finger: Put your finger near your budgie. Make sure it’s steady. You want your budgie to think of it like a tree branch.
  4. Encourage with the Treat: Move the treat close to your finger. The budgie should want to come closer to get it.
  5. Wait for the Budgie: If the budgie hops onto your finger to get the treat, that’s great! Give them the treat as a reward. But, if the budgie seems scared or doesn’t want to, that’s okay too. Just take the treat away and try again later.
Here is a good video includes an example of a correct finger tranining for budgies.

The Ladder Training

Now, let’s talk about ladders. Budgies can learn to climb ladders just like people climb stairs.

Here’s a fun way to teach them:

  1. Get a Small Ladder: Find a ladder that’s safe for birds. It should be their size and not too slippery.
  2. Choose a Command: Pick a special word or phrase. This tells the budgie it’s time to climb. A good one is “up you go.”
  3. Show the Ladder and Treat: Let your budgie see the ladder. Hold a treat above it so they know there’s something yummy waiting.
  4. Use the Command: Say “up you go” in a friendly voice. This lets the budgie know it’s time to climb.
  5. Climbing Time: If the budgie climbs the ladder, give them the treat right away. They did a good job! But if they don’t, that’s okay. Just try again later.

Ladder training is fun for budgies. It’s like a game! And it’s good for them too.

Climbing is a natural thing for birds to do. So, with some treats and kind words, your budgie will be climbing in no time.

The budgie in this video knows how to climb ladder.

9. Maintain Trust (Keeping the Bond Strong)

Building trust with your budgie is wonderful. But guess what? Keeping that trust is even more important.

Here’s how to make sure your bond with your budgie stays strong:

Daily Bonding:

  1. Spend Time Together: Just like you hang out with friends, spend time with your budgie every day. This shows them they’re special to you.
  2. Talk Gently: Remember to use a soft voice. It’s like telling your budgie a secret story.
  3. Listen to Them: Budgies chatter and sing. Listen to their sounds. It’s their way of talking to you.

Enriched Environment:

  1. Fun Toys: Budgies love to play! Give them safe toys like bells or mirrors. This keeps them happy and busy.
  2. Activities: Remember the tricks like ladder climbing? Keep teaching them new ones. Budgies are smart and like to learn.
  3. Safe Space: Make sure their cage is in a good spot. Not too high and not in the middle of the room. Just like you have a favorite spot in your house, budgies have theirs too.

Prioritize Their Well-Being:

  1. Comfort is Key: Make sure the cage is comfy. This means a soft spot to sleep and fresh food and water every day.
  2. Safety First: Just like you wouldn’t want to be scared, neither does your budgie. So, no loud noises or sudden moves.
  3. Health Checks: Just like you sometimes visit the doctor, check on your budgie’s health. If they look sick or sad, it might be time for a vet visit.

So, keeping your budgie’s trust is like taking care of a best friend.

Be kind, play together, and make sure they’re safe and happy. Your budgie will thank you with chirps and songs!

“How to Tame” Questions

How to Tame a Budgie Quickly and Efficiently, Especially One from a Pet Store?

When you bring a budgie home from a pet store, it’s important to understand that this little bird might have had numerous interactions with humans.

This can make them wary. So, the key is to introduce them to their new environment in a gentle and sensitive manner.

It’s not about making them docile, but about helping them adjust. Make sure their cage is at a height level with your head, ideally against a wall or tucked in a corner.

This provides them with a sense of security. A cage placed in the center of a room, with activity all around, can be stressful for your budgie.

Remember to move slowly around them, and always use a soft, soothing voice.

How to Tame a Budgie Progressively from the First Day to an Extended Period?

Building trust with your budgie is a journey that starts from the day you bring them home.

In the beginning, it’s all about familiarizing them with their new surroundings and your presence.

This includes gentle conversations and avoiding sudden movements. Once they seem comfortable, you can begin to offer treats, and over time, introduce your hand inside their cage.

As their confidence grows, you can progress to touch them, starting with gentle strokes at the back of their neck.

Eventually, with their favorite treat as motivation, you can teach them to perch on your finger.

How to Adjust Taming Techniques for Budgies of Different Ages or Genders, Such as Mature or Female Ones?

Just like people, budgies have individual personalities, and age or gender can influence their behavior.

Older budgies might be set in their ways and can take longer to adjust and trust.

It’s important to be especially patient with them. On the other hand, female budgies can be territorial, particularly within their cages.

When interacting with them, it’s essential to be slow, calm, and extra patient.

How to Tame a Budgie without Using Treats?

Taming a budgie doesn’t always require treats. The foundation lies in building trust and understanding.

Begin by positioning the cage in a secure place, like against a wall.

This will help your budgie feel safe. Spend time nearby, letting the bird get used to your presence.

Talk softly to the budgie, ensuring your voice is calm and soothing.

Over time, you can introduce your hand inside the cage.

How Long Does It Typically Take To Tame a Budgie?

Taming a budgie varies from one bird to another. While some might begin to trust you in just a few days, others might take weeks or even months.

The key is patience and consistency. Every budgie has its own pace, and understanding that helps in the taming process.

How to Tame Multiple Budgies, Whether in a Pair or an Entire Flock?

Taming multiple budgies poses a unique challenge. When budgies are together, they often feel more confident and might rely on each other for comfort rather than seeking human interaction.

Start by interacting with them as a group, letting them know you’re friendly.

Gradually, try to spend one-on-one time with each budgie. This will strengthen your bond with each individual while also helping the group see you as a friend.

What Are Some Tell-Tale Signs That Your Budgie Is Beginning to Trust You?

When a budgie begins to trust you, they’ll exhibit certain behaviors. They might approach you when you’re near the cage, or react positively to your voice.

A trusting budgie might also start to feed from your hand or allow you to touch them without showing signs of distress.

Their body language, such as relaxed feathers and a calm demeanor, can also indicate trust.

How Can Children or Other Family Members Participate in the Budgie Taming Process Safely?

Children and other family members can participate in the taming process by always being gentle and slow in their actions.

It’s essential they understand the importance of quiet voices and no sudden movements.

Supervision is crucial when children interact with the budgie to ensure both the bird and child are safe.

What Are Common Mistakes during the Budgie Taming Process, and How Can They Be Avoided?

Some common mistakes include:

  1. Being Impatient: Taming takes time. Avoid rushing the process.
  2. Too Much Noise: Sudden loud noises can scare budgies. Maintain a calm environment.
  3. Inconsistent Training: Stick to a routine. Consistency helps budgies understand and trust you faster. Avoid these mistakes by always being observant of your budgie’s behavior and adjusting your actions accordingly.

How Do Seasons or Time of Year Impact the Taming Process?

Seasons can affect a budgie’s mood and behavior. For instance, during breeding seasons, budgies might be more territorial or aggressive.

During colder months, they might be less active. It’s crucial to be aware of these changes and adjust your taming techniques accordingly.

Always ensure your budgie’s comfort, considering factors like temperature and daylight hours.


What Does It Mean to Tame a Budgie?

Taming a budgie is not about making them docile. Instead, it means helping them adjust to new surroundings and training them.

When a budgie is tamed, it’s comfortable with human interaction and responds positively to training activities.

Can You Tame a Wild Budgie?

Yes, but it might take more time and patience compared to a budgie from a pet store.

Wild budgies are not used to human interaction. It’s essential to approach them with extra sensitivity, ensuring they feel safe and unthreatened.

At What Age Is It Most Difficult or Even Too Late to Tame a Budgie?

While it’s never technically “too late” to tame a budgie, older birds might need more time to trust, especially if they haven’t had much human interaction.

However, with consistent effort and patience, most budgies can be tamed at any age.

Why Won’t My Budgie Perch on My Finger?

Several reasons could explain this:

  • Trust: They might not yet trust you fully.
  • Health: If they’re unwell, they might not want to interact.
  • Training: They might not have been introduced to finger training correctly. Using their favorite treat as an incentive can help in this training phase.

What Are the Pros and Cons of Taming Two Budgies Together, and Is It Easier or Harder than Taming One?


  • They can learn by watching each other, making some steps quicker.
  • Having a companion can reduce stress for the birds.


  • They might become more attached to each other than to you.
  • Training might become distractive with another bird present.

Overall, while it can be a bit more challenging, with the right approach, taming two budgies can be just as successful as taming one.

Should I Separate Budgies to Tame Them?

It can help, especially if one budgie is more dominant and the other is struggling to get equal attention.

Separation allows you to focus on one budgie at a time. However, ensure they still have visual contact to prevent loneliness.

Are There Specific Toys That Can Assist in the Taming Process?

Yes! Toys like ladders or balls can be used for tricks. Introducing toys encourages interaction and can be combined with commands to enhance training.

Remember, when they interact or follow a command correctly, reward them with a treat.

How to Address Setbacks in the Taming Process, like If a Budgie Becomes Skittish Again?

Setbacks are normal. The key is patience. If they become skittish:

  • Go back to the previous step in training.
  • Ensure there are no new stressors in their environment.
  • Spend more time talking and being around them to rebuild trust.

How Can You Differentiate Between a Budgie’s Positive and Negative Reactions?

Understanding your budgie’s reactions is essential for effective taming. Positive reactions include relaxed postures, chirping contentedly, and approaching you or the cage door.

Negative signs can be ruffled feathers, rapid breathing, hissing, or trying to move away from you.

Observing and interpreting these reactions help in tailoring your taming techniques accordingly.

What’s the Significance of a Budgie’s Vocalizations during Taming?

Budgies communicate a lot through their vocalizations. Happy chirps, singing, or even mimicking sounds usually indicate contentment.

On the other hand, loud, sharp chirps or screeches can indicate fear, discomfort, or a need for attention.

Listening and understanding these sounds will provide insights into their feelings and comfort levels.

Is There a Best Time of Day for Budgie Taming Sessions?

Yes, choosing the right time is crucial. Budgies are often most receptive during their quieter moments, usually in the early morning or late afternoon.

These times are perfect for taming as the budgie is more relaxed and more likely to engage positively with the owner.

How Can You Use Music or Sounds in the Taming Process?

Playing gentle music or bird sounds can soothe a budgie and make them more receptive to taming.

The rhythmic and soft tunes can create a calm environment. However, it’s crucial to observe the budgie’s reaction; if they seem agitated or stressed, it’s best to switch off the music and try another method.

Why Is Observation Important Before Actual Interaction?

Observation is a foundational step in taming. By spending time watching your budgie without direct interaction, you learn about their habits, preferences, and moods.

This understanding helps you approach the bird in ways that are non-threatening, increasing the chances of a successful taming session.

How Often Should You Introduce New Tricks or Commands to a Budgie?

Introducing new tricks or commands should be done once the budgie has mastered a previous one.

It’s essential to ensure the bird is comfortable and confident with one trick before adding another.

Overwhelming them with too many new things can lead to confusion or even resistance to training.

Is It Normal for a Budgie to Have Setbacks in Their Taming Journey?

Absolutely. Just like humans, budgies can have days where they feel more anxious or less receptive.

Various factors like changes in their environment, health issues, or even hormonal changes can influence their behavior.

It’s essential to be patient and give them the space they need during such times.