Budgies

The budgie, one of the smallest of the parrot species, occupies a big spot in the hearts of bird lovers all over the world. They are the birds you are most likely to see in pet stores making them the most commonly kept parrot in captivity.

They are colorful, friendly and quiet enough to make great apartment birds. Their cages do not take up the entire living room or empty out the savings account. For many people, a budgie was their first bird, and perhaps the one responsible for their life-long love affair with all parrot species.

Budgies have gained much notoriety for their accomplishments. The 1995 Guinness Book Of World Records documents Puck, a tiny blue budgie, with the largest parrot vocabulary on record with 1,728 words and phrases spoken. It is a title most parrot aficionados would have assumed belonged to the African grey.

Why Budgies NEED to Be Trained

Budgies need to be trained because they are very adept fliers. While they aren’t capable of landing a bite that will send you to the hospital for stitches, nor are they loud enough to damage your hearing (although for what they lack in volume they can more than make up for in persistence), your bird does have one huge advantage over you: it can fly!

They have the speed and maneuverability that is to be expected for a bird of their size, and they are natural masters at evading human hands. Even with the best of intentions, our huge hands “snatch up” little birds to take them out of the cage against their will or to put them back in before they are ready to go.

So what do you suppose happens when you have a budgie with advanced flight skills that is afraid your hands? If you guessed that you would spend the next three hours trying to corner and capture your bird to get it back in the cage, you are correct.

This misadventure will give your tiny bird even more reason to fear your big hands!



Frustratingly, the first thing many people do is reach for the scissors to clip the wings without any consideration to the psychological damage that occurs when you strip away a bird’s main method of mobility. A bird that cannot fly is left feeling vulnerable, and this will only add to his mounting fears and negative emotions.

Instead of modifying your bird’s wings, modify your bird’s behavior by taking steps to regain trust. It is never too late to start working towards the relationship you always wanted with your budgie.

Being very intelligent, the budgie is highly trainable!

Target training will take away your need to chase your budgie, capture it and force it back into the cage. A trained budgie will fly back to you on cue in exchange for a food or praise reward. A trained budgie has learned that your hands offer only treats; therefore, it will no longer try to avoid them.

If you are new to trick training we recommend you start with our One Day Miracles series to learn all the basics you need to know to get started right. If you already have that and are craving more specific small bird trick training, then check out our Budgie Course.  

37 comments

Lynn

I had a male budgie for years. He did talk but after a long time of being very patient and talking to him the same way over and over. One day he was on my shoulder and I heard him talking. they are very quiet so its hard to hear them unless you are close and paying attention. I have a young male budgie I got recently and I am doing the same thing …talking softly with him telling him he is a pretty bird, the same way over and over and I heard him say “prettybird” the other day for the first time. It takes patience and talking to them all the time. My old budgie barked like my dog, said “I love you” , “kiss kiss” and many other things. Its like anything else it takes as long as it takes and lots of patience…jmho

Lynn
Cynthia

I have a Budgie and her name is Limon she unfortunately has ben traumatized, not by me but she’s very fearful of me her partner died and she was acting lifeless so we peaches another on and she seemed to be happy again. Please help 🙏. How much is it for a one on on person in person lol instruction.

Cynthia
hamnah

hello! recently i got my budgie cherry a friend, they both cuddle and preen, but sometimes they fight…cherry is very attached to me and easily gets jelous if i interact with barry. even if i give her a kiss he runs away from me and tries to bite unless i give him more kisses than her. any advice to make a bird less jelous??

hamnah
hamnah

hello! i have been trying to teach my two budgies to talk but they just wont, my male budgie cherry imitates sounds hes heard like, kissing noises and some other noises i have been trying to teach him to say his name but he just wont talk, and my female budgie barry is new to the flock, she steps up, allows kisses and likes to nibble fingers, she also eats out of our hands but she gets scared and flys around, when we first got cherry his wings where clipped but whe we got barry we decided not to clip her wings, she is very attached to cherry and whenever i leave cherry flies after me which causes her to fly, and since she dosnt like to land on us she flies to the curatins or the kitchen, a few days ago she fell behing the stove, we got her out before she got hurt but im afraid she might get wounded or burned if she flies to the kitchen agian..

hamnah
Stella

For all those asking about diet & diet conversion, there’s this blog with many videos: https://birdtricksstore.com/blogs/birdtricks-blog/diet-nutrition And there’s this video on how to make a healthier seed/grain mix to help with conversion from an unhealthy shop seed diet to a veggie/pellet diet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wV8jBQUupyU

Stella
Angelica

My parakeet Dottie is a seed junkie and won’t eat pellets. He will sometimes eat his chop but usually I have to sprinkle seeds in the chop for him to eat it.Dottie will not play with any of his toys that are chewable. He also won’t go on my hand unless I’m holding millet.

Angelica
Dale Bergstrom

I picked up my Budgies on Craigslist. I regret this now because I have found out on my own that they have been abused. They have always been fearful of my hands. I am making progress by giving them treats they have put one foot on my hand. I also use treats to lure them back into their cage. I still need to learn more. Would like to teach them words.

Dale Bergstrom
Ruby

hey, i’ve been watching your videos for a while, but still havent been able to tame my budgie. She’s extremely frightened of my hands, and i’ve tried for about a year now? I don’t want to give her away, as she had a partner who died a few months back. Should I buy another tame budgie? idk what to do.

Ruby
Jeanne Stack

Hello! I love all the stuff you are teaching . I was given a budgie who was a bit timid but I got her to the point where after consideration she would fly to me from about 5 to 7 feet away if I held some millet and encouraged her to come ( I whistled a 2note whistle every time) then tragedy … I took her to the vet on Tuesday and without thinking it through I was taking her cage out of the back of my car and I noticed her feeder fell over so I reached in using the large door before I was going to hand her ofc to the vet tech to take inside. She spooked and took off . I saw her fly out and circle towards a larger stand of trees. The vets office is off a busy street but behind it is a wooded neighborhood. I followed where I saw her circle in and that was the last I saw of her.. I stayed for about an hour then had to leave fir a couple hours and came back to search more. I left her cage out and searched the neighborhood behind . The vets office said they heard her for a little while but never spotted her. I played her favorite bird videos from YouTube, I whistled fir her to come , I tried using millet to tempt her and the vet left her cage out until they closed. I’ve gone back several days in a row but no sign on her and the wethers gotten cold. Any advice or encouragement .. it was 29 degrees last night.😢

Jeanne Stack
aliah woodall

I don’t know what to feed them. they only eat seeds and they are scared of fruits and vegetables. they are parakeets by the way.

aliah woodall
aliah woodall

I did something wrong from the start with my two parakeets and its been almost a year now and there still not tamed. I just got violet (the girl) to put one foot on my hand. sky (the boy) will only step on my hand when he is in the cage with the top on. I have a small cage and my said I have to wait until I have enough money to buy a bigger one. sky always wants to play with violet but she pecks at him like she is annoyed at him. I don’t know what to do. pls help

aliah woodall
Joanna Sharples

HI, I have not yet purchased a Budgie but am doing a lot of research and think we will get one in about 6 months. I have no experience with bird but have a friend who let us get to know hers. Would ordering your beginners video before I get the bird be recommended? or should i wait until I have decided to get the bird and have it before buying your video about target training and one day miracles?

Joanna Sharples
Chiara

Hi, I just adopted a budgie. how I will switch his food from shop seeds to your natural one? You’re showing the recipe but I cannot find the video with the process on what to do? Help 🙏🏻😊

Chiara
hayden

Hi I’m Hayden and I have been watching your videos even when i didn’t have a bird just to learn but, now i have a have a budgie we got him/her from pets mart we are yet to know his/her gender but were getting there hes/shes still pretty young but the problem is anytime i come near he gets scared and bites me i do not know what to do I’ve watched all you’r videos and tried all you’r tricks to trust but nothing will work, the other thing is when he/shes out of the cage is ok and goes back to normal like nothing happened .

hayden
Michelle St. Germain

hello! i am new to the bird world and i am afraid i am going to make mistakes that can not be fixed. my budgie is from a pet store and he is new to the family and is very scared and nervous around me and my boyfriend. i am feeding him treats but i just feel like i’m not doing him justice. any help would be greatly appreciated as i am a huge animal nut and just want what is best for him.

Michelle St. Germain
Olivia James Brown

I just got 2 budgies and I have tried recall with them. It sometimes works but not always and when I take away the millet they ignore me. Have you got any tips? Also, I am so glad that you still have Blueberry

Olivia James Brown
alison

hi i am alison and i am getting a budgie i am so happy. i am almost 12 years old .and i love your videos and i am a big fan i have been waiting to get a parrot for a whole month becues first i needed to get the rite things for it like a cage and toys you should really do the reacting to your cages vidio there is this other bird youtuber i watch her name is ellandthebirds you should really do it .

alison
Michael E Casey

I owned parakeets as a kid and the breeders we got them from were adamant that birds needed gravel every day in their diet so as aid in digestion. Why do you say they should not be given gtravel/grit? Love your programs by the way.

Michael E Casey
Kaitlin

Are your foods appropriate for budgies? If so which one would be best? Thanks!!

Kaitlin
Emma

A couple of weeks ago I adopted two budgies. I already had experience with another budgie who sadly passed about 5 months ago. Unfortunately, the conditions in which they were kept before coming to my house meant that they never properly learned how to fly and every time they leave their cage they end up hurting themselves and staying on the ground. I have thought about clipping their wings simply because their bad flying has resulted in one of them almost getting head trauma but ultimately decided not to. If you have any tips on what to do or an email of someone I could contact I would be very grateful.

Emma
Elaine

So i have to little bugies my sister brought over so I could train them but one day about a week after I had them she chased them around the house trying to hold them finally I got here and the birds calmed down so I put her and the parakeets in the big enclosure they still wanted nothing to do with her now all the progress I’ve made with the baby’s has gone backwards they won’t step up even and won’t let people come close I’ve been working on keeping treats on me so I can teach them that hands = treats but they won’t get close I also have two other parakeets who are sweet and very egar to learn maybe by teaching them hands = treats they can teach the other birds I also have two rescued cockatiels that don’t make it any easier o just wanna know the quickest way to earn their trust again I hopeing it will be easier if the other birds show them that people are kind even though they had one bad experience

Elaine
Vania benetta

People say budgies talk but i tried to talk with gayloo he don’t talk so everybody is lying at my budgies 🤣🐦

Vania benetta
Camille

My parents have 2 female budgies that came to us in an odd way about a year ago. One day we saw a yellow budgie at our bird feeder. She was hinging out with sparrows and as the weather got colder, we decided to catch her and take her in. We tried to find her previous owners with no luck, so my parents decided to keep her and renamed her Perry. Perry was very lonely and extremely afraid of everyone. ( I suspect the act of catching her with a net or maybe roughing it in the wild terrorized her) We decided to get her a friend and she immediately perked up and began singing and chattering. But the fear for people is still there. She runs to the far top corner of her cage if anyone gets remotely close. I want to teach my parents how to gain her trust and start target training but she is just too afraid. She wont even take food or explore things that are offered to he when we are around. She has never been aggressive towards us or has tried to bite but she is still visibly stressed and afraid. Do you have any advice on how to approach a scared budgie to gain their trust?

Camille
Susan

I have three budgies I adopted from Bird Lovers Club foster care here in FL four years ago. They were young (2 siblings were approx. 4-5 months and the third even younger) when I brought them home and they were a joy to train, though it took the youngster a year longer than the older two to trust and bond. Anyway, my question is the three, although thick as thieves, have a definite pecking order when it comes to food. Even though I have three separate seed/pellet dishes so they don’t need to squabble, one of the siblings is much chubbier than the other two; enough to even have flight issues due to her heaviness and she leans sometimes on her perch. I admit I’m concerned. When they’re out of their cage I try to give the thinnest bird more attention and vegetables but so far I haven’t been able to make a difference. They’re all seemingly healthy but the chubby one has me worried. Any suggestions – beyond separating them; they’d be heartbroken.

Susan
Madeline

I don’t know what to feed my budgie?

Madeline

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