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In this video clip we are going to talk about taming your parakeet and if you have got an adult parakeet or a young weened parakeet from its parents it does not really matter, this one is very very frightened of human contact so he is not going to be the greatest example but I'm still going to demonstrate to you what sort of actions you might do to calm your bird. What I will generally do is you might fast your bird which means take away their food for up to six hours. If you have got a young healthy bird six hours is fine to fast them and then once you come home from the day offer these birds their favorite food, it tends to be millet seed so you offer a bit of millet seed. It is a normal food but you can just use the millet seed that you pick up from the grocery store. Put it in the palm of your hand and simply insert your hand very gently and slowly into the bird's cage and offer it here and you may have to read a book or sit and watch television and just leave your hand sitting very very still with food on it. Soon your very hungry little bird is going to get interested enough in that bird seed that he will start edging his way over and he may not step on to your hand to get the food he may just reach and extend the neck as far as he can to try and reach some of that bird seed but over a few days if you over a few days right before you go to work you pull his food dish and as soon as you come home you do this activity, this bird is going to get used to hey look feeding time is at five o'clock when mom or dad comes home and it will be in your hand and that bird is going to start getting very comfortable getting on to your hand and once he starts getting on your hand you can start moving your other hand closer and closer to the point where you can touch the bird. If your bird is too afraid of you even approaching the cage or of you even putting your hand in the bird just goes into total panic mode you need to back up a little bit, try instead just sitting next to the bird cage before you start taking away his food or anything like that and just not moving so that the bird gets used to your presence, maybe sit on the phone conversation with your boyfriend or your mother or whoever or just talk to the bird by yourself just so the bird gets used to the sound of your voice. Try not to make any big scary movements. Don't let the dog run through the house when you are trying to do this. Don't let the kids come and shake the cage when you are trying to calm your little bird and get it used to human contact. All those things will be fine but when you are first trying to tame down your bird you will want to go little bit more slowly. They are very adaptive birds and they learn very quickly that you are a source of food and once they realize that you are not a source of danger and that you are a source of pleasure because you offer something good to eat then after a while you won't have to offer the bird food any more, just your presence will be satisfying and they will want to be around you because you are interesting and because they have been bored all day in their cage and they want something better to do and once they realize that you are not threatening you will suddenly become a source of both entertainment and reward for these animals. These are very highly tamable animals. They are much much more domestic than any other parrot species because they have been bred in captivity for so long so you should have great success in taming down a young bird or even a single adult. If you have a pair of birds, as long as they are a young pair of birds you can use the same method I just explained of putting your hand in there with food and most of the time both birds will come together and get tamed down in the same fashion equally well.