How to Socialize Your Parakeet

Updated on July 16, 2019
Kristen Haynie profile image

Kristen is a proud parakeet parent who enjoys researching and writing about pet care.

Socialize Your Parakeet
Socialize Your Parakeet | Source

My favorite part of having a parakeet is socializing with her! Parakeets can be very fun and friendly creatures, but they don't always start out that way. Since interacting with humans isn't a skill they are born with, they must acquire it over time. Of course, your parakeet needs to be shown that he or she can trust you before he will want to interact with you. Here is what you can do to ensure that you raise a parakeet that is comfortable socializing with humans.

1. Consider the Bird's Past

When you buy your parakeet, know what you are getting into. Ask the pet store what kind of interaction the bird has already had with humans. Some pet stores and private breeders are good at making sure their birds are well-acquainted with humans before they are sold. This makes the adoption process much easier for both the bird and the human!

However, many large pet stores just don't have the time to interact with their birds. If this is the case, then you will have to start from scratch. Don't worry, though. It can be done.

2. Start as Soon as Possible!

As with any living creature, the sooner they learn a trick, the better. A young parakeet will be much easier to teach than an older one, so it's better if you start right away.

Start out by putting the bird cage in an area of the home that gets a lot of human traffic, and make sure he is exposed to lots of activity. This will help ensure that he is accustomed to humans being around, and he will be much less likely to be freaked out if there is frequent human movement just outside of his cage.

3. Be the Hand That Feeds

If the parakeet is quite young, start feeding him by hand. It's a great way to get your parakeet to interact with you in a positive way. It will teach him that you are the source of something good, and it will speed up the bonding process. Have others in the home feed him, as well.

If your parakeet is older and isn't very social with people, he isn't likely to accept food from you right away. It will take time; just keep at it. A good trick is to make sure he watches you refill his food and water bowl every morning. Rather than removing them from the cage and taking them out of sight, do it right there where he can see. It's a trick I used with a parakeet of mine, and it helped speed up the socialization process.

Please note: Parakeets should have access to food at all times. While it's great to feed them by hand, this shouldn't be the only time they are given food. Try keeping a bowl full of seed in the cage at all times, and offer special treats (like millet or shredded lettuce) by hand.

4. Be Persistent

Persistence is a huge factor in teaching a parakeet to be social with humans. Fiddle around in the cage daily. Clean the perches, change the food. The more present you are around the parakeet, the more comfortable he will feel with you.

Please do keep in mind that this isn't something you can just teach the parakeet and then move on. What I mean by this is that you must keep these habits up for the rest of the parakeet's life. Once you bond with him and teach him to socialize with people, you must continue to be persistent about socialization. Otherwise, he may eventually revert back to the way he was before you did all this work!

Make the Commitment to Your Pet

Just like with any of your other pets, adopting them is a commitment for the life of the pet. Unfortunately, I've seen people buy a parakeet and do really well with it for a few months. But then once they are done training it to be social with people, the novelty of having a bird wears off. This results in the poor thing spending its days all alone in the cage, with no one paying any attention to it anymore. This leads to it forgetting everything you taught it! So it's important to remember that it's an ongoing process, not a one-time deal.

5. Invite Him Out!

Inviting your parakeet out of the cage is a great way to get him to bond with you. Once you gain enough of his trust, bring him out and set him on your shoulder. Let him hang out with you while you're doing household chores, watching TV, or doing other activities. The more time your parakeet spends outside of his cage, the more he'll bond with you, and the more social he'll want to be.

If he spends all of his time in his cage, he may start to get too comfortable in there and never want to come out. I once had a parakeet develop severe anxiety when anything changed in the little comfort zone that was his cage. He refused to leave, and he refused to let anyone in. Just cleaning his cage was a huge hassle. I hadn't properly socialized this parakeet, and he wasn't comfortable with human interaction. Please learn from my mistake and don't let this happen to your parakeet!

Safety First

Make sure your house is safe for your parakeet before bringing him out of his cage!

6. Be Cautious With Mirrors

A big lesson I learned very early on is to avoid mirrors. If you put a mirror in the cage with your parakeet, he will think it's another bird and will likely bond very closely with it. Parakeets are very social and loving creatures, but you can pretty much forget about bonding with your parakeet if he has another "bird" to bond with. He will pick the mirror over you any day. On the other hand, if you don't really have a lot of time for your parakeet, a mirror will be great for him, and it will keep him from getting lonely. Just consider yourself warned.

Do you have advice of your own for socializing parakeets? Please share!


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • profile image


      2 years ago

      my parakeet won't play with her toys and she keeps flying away from me

    • profile image


      2 years ago

      my parakeet keeps flying back to the cage and nothing i do can keep her out

    • Kristen Haynie profile imageAUTHOR

      Kristen Haynie 

      3 years ago from Scotia, CA

      Small steps are key, and getting them to trust you requires lots of patience. Try little things like talking to them or offering them food from your hand, and do it every single day. They will come around eventually. Good luck!

    • profile image


      3 years ago

      I have 2 budgies and I want to let them out, but They are not trined and their wings aren't clipped so I can't. What should I do? I also NEED tos tart training them because no matter what I do, they HATE me because for the first day they were in my house, I had to keep them in a cardboard box with very little food.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)