STEP TWO - PERCH TRAINING
Your parakeet MUST be used to your hand being in the cage before you start step two. If your parakeet still flies around when you put your hand in the cage, go Back to Step One - Building the Trust
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OK, so your parakeet watches your hand when you change the food and water now. On the day you choose to start this step, play some soft music in the background, and have the room the parakeet is in quiet and restful. Change her food and water as you normally would, with her watching you. Now, after you do the food/water, pause for a moment. Quietly use your hand to take a short perch from their cage, preferably one on the opposite site of the cage as the bird is. Now your hand is in the cage and you are holding the perch loose. The perch you choose should be small enough that you can move it around the cage without hitting things (especially the parakeet!!)
Your budgie already knows that perches are for sitting on. She is not afraid of a perch! So hold the perch at ... "perch level" - that is, at the same level as the perch your keet is currently sitting on. That is non-threatening to the bird.
Now move the perch SLOWLY towards your parakeet, talking quietly to her. She'll be nervous to see a perch moving, but so far she should trust you, your hand, and the perch. There is no "new" or "scary" thing in her world.
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When the perch nears her feet, raise it up a little bit so it is at the level of her legs. If she flies away at this point, stay still for a little while, and then start quietly moving the perch again, talking quietly to her. If she flies away four times in a row, tell her she's a good girl for trying and come back to it tomorrow. It should only take a day or two before she's used to the 'moving perch' and does not mind that it gets close to her.
When she is at this point, press the perch gently against her legs / lower chest. Say "UP" in a firm voice (not loud, just encouraging and firm) as you gently press. She will start to lose her balance backwards and naturally put her foot forwards, onto the new perch, for balance.
Note again that this probably won't happen on the first time! Your parakeet may sit there afraid, not willing to step on the perch. Your keet may just put one foot onto it but not be willing to "commit" both feet. Again, this is a training process. Keep trying each day until your bird learns this is not scary and is willing to put both feet onto the perch.
When your keet does step fully onto the new perch you are holding, hold it very steady! Your parakeet is trusting you with her life, you literally have her in your hands. Praise the bird enthusiastically and tell her what a good bird she is. After a short while, move the perch towards another perch in the cage so she gets off the one you're holding.
After she gets used to the perch, you'll find she hops onto the perch pretty easily when she sees it coming towards her. Then it's time to move to the next step.
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