#115855 - 08/22/0604:11 AMRe: No Progress What So Ever
I tried it today, and he took the food right off my hand today. Actually I tried it several times today and he didn't act agressive or afraid at all.
I spend a lot of time with him today and he seems really comfortable with me.
But is it possible that some birds are alittle slower then others. I know that parakeets are very intelligent animals, but is it true that some can catch on slower than others? And also if I were to buy a hand trained parakeet and my current parakeet saw the hand trained parakeet go on my hand, do you think my parakeet would get the idea and want to do the same thing as the hand trained parakeet?
I think it would be the other way around. The hand trained one would probably want to be with your current one, then you would have a hard time making progress with either of them. Just knowing there's another parakeet in the house makes a keet less interested you and more interested in finding the keet (I can tell you that from experience .. when I had my first keet, then I got another one, my first one didn't want to have anything to do with me outside of the cage .. all she wanted to do was search the house for the other keet).
don't get a second keet! at this stage they will ignore you.
is he hopping on your hand to get millet? you must make it so he can only get millet if he steps onto your hand to get it - don't allow him just to reach over for it - he must be on your hand. once he is doing this alot, you can start saying up up - so he associates that word with getting on your hand.
yes it is true some keets are smarter, some are less shy, some have an instant attraction to their owner - but just because your keet may (or may not) be the smartest, most outgoing, etc - does not mean that you cannot establish a good relationship - it just takes time and persistence and the right techniques - namely making the keet feel comfortable around you. plus you have a young male and as you say, he already seems to trust you, so i think you will do fine. make sure he must be on your hand to eat the millet.
#115858 - 08/24/0602:20 AMRe: No Progress What So Ever
Ok Here's An Update:
I tried putting some food on the palm of my hand and he takes it. He put one foot on my hand, but he got scared because a car alarm went off outside. He hasn't put his foot on my hand since, but he does take food from my hand. He seems really smart though. If he can't reach the food on my hand, he'll just hop on his feeder and eat there lol. I'll keep trying though and keep you posted
too bad about the car alarm but these things happen. I would definitely suggest offerring the millet sticking up through the BACK of your hand - so your palms are down. Birds seem to avoid open palms intuitively because they can imagine the palm closing up around them. The back of your hand is less stressful. Eventually he will be comfortable enough to hop onto your palm - but I would definitely start off having him hop onto the back of your palm. THe ttraining will go faster I think.
Horselover just read my instructions above. People make a big mistake just trying to get their bird to get on their finger all day. try to picture the big goal which is to bond - then try to become friends just by hanging out - hand in cage. the finger training happens automatically if you become friends. not the other way around.