What Makes A Hand Tamed Baby Bird?

Baby budgie sitting on human hand palm up
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Do you have any spray millet? That is a great food to use to encourage closeness. Cut a piece and let him nibble.


The cere may change once the bird matures revealing its true sex. We had a new baby we were told was a male. It looked like a female to us, but over time it indeed was a boy. And does that matter? A female can be as good a pet. American budgies are not big talkers so who cares what sex it is.


Now you are talking about getting another baby bird.


Was it tame the same as the other?


If so, what makes you feel this time it will not do the same?


And yes, birds of a feather flock together and you don’t have any feathers so the second budgie is going to be drawn to the first one.


What are your plans for the first budgie if you decide to go for the new baby?


We have been in your situation and the budgie really just wanted to spend time with the other budgie.


We let them have each other. In fact, to make them even more comfortable we added a couple more to the mix which made them all very happy.


Then added 2 more (yes, they are additive). All were foundlings, gifts or rescues.


We of course had to get a larger cage once we ended up with 6 parakeets.


You can see the exploits of our Budgie experience in our BLOG.


I hope this helps and you are able to enjoy your budgie(s).


Thank you



I have an 8 yr old male parakeet named Tinker.


Recently I had noticed his right eye looked cloudy, so I took him to the vet and she said he had a cataract on his eye.


But otherwise he is healthy.


She said he looked awesome.


Hes an amazing bird, hes an amazing talker and a lovable boy. I want to know do I need to do anything to help him.


He seems to be adjusting well.


I haven’t changed out any of his toys since the vet visit.


I used to change them every couple of weeks except for his two favorite ones.


He does get upset and calls for us sometimes if we leave his sight for a bit when we have been home.


We let him out to play when we get home and play with him a lot.


Also should I keep his wings clipped? I want to make sure I am doing what will keep him happy and safe. We love him and want to make sure he is doing well.


Thank you. Stephanie


Hi Stephanie,


It sounds like your bird is generally happy and healthy


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