How to Hand Train a Bird

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You may not be able to get your parakeet to balance a ball on his beak, but every hook-billed species — from parakeets to cockatoos — can be trained to step onto your finger when you tell him to.

Step 1: Train only wing-clipped birds
Don’t try to take your bird out of his cage unless his wings have been clipped.

Step 2: Desensitize bird
To get your bird not to flip out when you put your hand into his cage, several times a day insert your hand into the cage and wave it slowly in the bird’s direction. Repeat this daily until the bird gets used to it.

Try holding a bird treat when you put your hand into the cage. Once you can get your bird to eat from your hand, you’re well on the way toward establishing ‘hand trust.’

Step 3: Hold perch or stick
For the next two weeks, insert your hand into the cage several times a day–but this time, hold a perch or stick in your hand. Your goal: getting the bird to step onto the perch.

Step 4: Trigger “step up” reflex with perch
When the bird gets used to the perch in your hand, start getting him to step onto it. Hold it at a right angle to the bird’s body and gently nudge him in the chest. This will trigger his ‘step up’ reflex.

Always say ‘Up, up’ or ‘Step up’ when you nudge the bird with the perch. Give him lots of praise when he steps onto it. He’s making progress!

Step 5: Replace perch with hand
When the bird is comfortable standing on a hand-held perch, you can start training him to stand on your hand alone. During each training session, move your hand farther down the perch — and closer to the bird.

Step 6: Discard perch
After a few days, your bird should assume that a perch comes with a hand attached–so now it’s time to up the ante once again. What’s next? That’s right: your hand without the perch.

Step 7: Trigger “step up” reflex with hand
Moving slowly and smoothly and repeating the ‘Up, up’ command, nudge the bird in the chest until he has no choice but to step onto your pointer finger to steady himself.

Step 8: Repeat
Repeat this procedure until the bird has no problem stepping onto your finger and perching there.

Step 9: Practice outside of cage
Now you and your feathered friend can begin working outside the cage. With the bird perched on your finger, slowly and smoothly bring him out through the cage door.

If you have a large bird, a T-stand will be a helpful training tool when working outside the cage. Practice putting the bird onto the T-stand and taking him off again.

Step 10: Practice verbal command
Practice the ‘Up, up’ command diligently until the bird knows that he should always step onto your ‘finger perch’ when you say so.

If the bird gets startled and flutters off your hand, calmly follow him to where he lands and nudge him, saying ‘Up, up.’ Usually, he’ll step right back onto your finger.

Step 11: Enlist friends and relatives
Encourage your friends and relatives to work with your bird as much as possible. The tamer a bird becomes, the happier his relationship with his human flock will be.

Did You Know?
Birds in the parrot family have two toes facing forward and two facing backward, to help them hold onto things while they’re climbing.


  1. Luke ProPlayz on August 31, 2020 at 11:53 pm

    This is stoopid

  2. *xxramosxx * on August 31, 2020 at 11:55 pm




  3. Tibor Juhasz-Kiss on August 31, 2020 at 11:55 pm

    I see people don’t see the difference between tamed and abused birds.
    People taking away the only little they based their confidence is the flying capability when they feel safer to fly.
    My question is for those who agree with wing clipping or even for those who say it’s a optional.
    How do you call those people who disabling a creature to be able to force yourself to that creature?
    There are effective control measures to house birds and those people who are not capable to provide them the minimum standard, they should never consider to get a bird.
    Please be aware, they are living creatures with their own mind.

  4. Nymgmhb A on August 31, 2020 at 11:56 pm

    The best way to train a bird is to buy it when it’s a baby and still can’t fly

  5. Ayeshani Madushanki on August 31, 2020 at 11:56 pm


  6. sudhakara rao on August 31, 2020 at 11:57 pm

    What r u feeding where will i get it

  7. Moonlight Gacha on August 31, 2020 at 11:57 pm

    My dad has these two pet birds they hate me he’s had them since he was a teenager every time I even get near them they start squawking

  8. SlyMarsthecat 94 on August 31, 2020 at 11:57 pm

    Also do not nudge there chest it will make them angrier and harder to tame

  9. Raneen Alsamaraai on August 31, 2020 at 11:58 pm

    Don’t clip a birds wings unless it has to do with there health

  10. Jorge_YTGaming Roblox on August 31, 2020 at 11:59 pm

    I cut my green bird’s wing but some days later he doesn’t fly but he stand on my shoulder and arm

  11. Henrik Olofsson on August 31, 2020 at 11:59 pm

    I’ve tried that but it didn’t work. It worked without using a perch -.-

  12. Yoshikage Kira on September 1, 2020 at 12:00 am

    I have a two or three of those

  13. Ok on September 1, 2020 at 12:01 am

    Bruh I was 1 year old when this was posted

  14. RickBurMan on September 1, 2020 at 12:04 am

    I didn’t do any of this and my bird started to trust me and does this now, except he doesn’t bite me anymore. Great video though! 🙂

  15. Arthur Morgan on September 1, 2020 at 12:04 am

    only once my bird stood on my finger and that’s with millet and never stood on it again

  16. spacekitt3n on September 1, 2020 at 12:08 am

    Step 1, don’t own a bird and cage it. That is unnatural and cruel.

  17. 11558 Dharun on September 1, 2020 at 12:08 am

    how to train africcan love brids

  18. Mark Grech on September 1, 2020 at 12:09 am

    This is only for adult birds that bite you if you have a baby bird then just play with it then it will get ok with you

  19. LegendaryPlut0 on September 1, 2020 at 12:10 am

    What bird is this?

  20. Eve’s crafts on September 1, 2020 at 12:11 am

    Never clip birds wings you are very bad at this

  21. O Bader on September 1, 2020 at 12:13 am

    No matter what i do my African grey will not step up onto my hand i need advice on what to do

  22. Parakeet World• on September 1, 2020 at 12:13 am

    My birds literally screamed when he said "Don’t take your bird out unless his wings are clipped"

    Also, it is FINE if he is not clipped. As long as the bird has many perches or platforms to land on outside, and the area is bird proofed, it should be fine.

  23. Valeria Fernández on September 1, 2020 at 12:14 am

    you guys, birds might be even more frightened when your hand is near them if they are not able to escape, meaning that clipping their wings is not always the best idea. Also, the method of pushing a perch or your finger against their lower stomach till they step up isn’t really that recommended, the bird will probably feel forced to doing what you want them to, not to mention, that kind of contact is extremely uncomfortable for your bird. For instance, (IDK about other birds) if you touch a cockatiel, they will think you are trying to mate with them, this is, unless you touch them in the head or neck, in that case they will just take it as a sign of affection (Some tiels enjoy to cuddle against one’s hand, but this isn’t always the case, and nothing ensures you that the cockatiel is thinking of you as their mate/companion, this might lead to hormonal behavior and other problems, so you really need to interpret their body language correctly). I highly recommend to just hold millet spray in your hand while offering your finger as a perch. The cockatiel will eventually step up to your finger if they trust you enough and they think it will be more comfortable to eat the millet that way.

  24. Birds World on September 1, 2020 at 12:15 am

    Cockatiel bird left three eggs unhatched (what’s inside?)

  25. Tara Butler on September 1, 2020 at 12:23 am


  26. Luka Arsenijevic VII1 on September 1, 2020 at 12:23 am

    Guys dont do these u will lost parrots trust!!!

  27. Rajeena Sirajudeen on September 1, 2020 at 12:24 am

    Thank you for your video

  28. Chey'Anne James on September 1, 2020 at 12:25 am

    This is so misleading please don’t do this to tour bird

  29. SlyMarsthecat 94 on September 1, 2020 at 12:25 am

    It’s easier to not clip there wings sometimes it takes time to tame them you have to move slowly to them and do not force them

  30. hayori _chan on September 1, 2020 at 12:29 am

    Don’t clip the bird wings my parrot got traumatized from that

  31. The Wolves Gang on September 1, 2020 at 12:30 am


  32. Zakki Shah on September 1, 2020 at 12:31 am

    Wow this is old 10 years old!

  33. 7c2hI0 on September 1, 2020 at 12:34 am

    it took me 2 days to train my parakeet tiki and she lets me pet her and hold her

  34. محمد علي on September 1, 2020 at 12:34 am

    i dont have a bird

  35. Pomba, a Calopsita on September 1, 2020 at 12:35 am
  36. Aglybaconman Shiper on September 1, 2020 at 12:36 am

    Omg my bird still hates me 🙁

  37. Bird Life on September 1, 2020 at 12:38 am

    Horrible guide so DUM!

  38. Nan Bhugwant on September 1, 2020 at 12:40 am

    On Friday 26th June 2020 I will get 2 parrots. I am very excited about this. Thanks for the training lesson 🤗🤗😍😉

  39. Andrew Oldham on September 1, 2020 at 12:40 am

    Clipping should be banned

  40. Fire_Fox 10 on September 1, 2020 at 12:41 am

    You dont have to clip there wings ! Its like declawing a cat. If you your birds wings your taking away there protection

  41. Heromahdi rblx on September 1, 2020 at 12:42 am

    Damn it I forgot to get a hand now I’m unable to train my bird

  42. sophia chappe on September 1, 2020 at 12:44 am

    dont force the bird to step up as its not a command only a question

  43. Chockalingam N on September 1, 2020 at 12:44 am

    Doesn’t work

  44. Manpreet Kaur on September 1, 2020 at 12:46 am

    My cocktail tries to bite me everytime what to do

  45. MehMeh on September 1, 2020 at 12:47 am

    i mixed step 3 and 4 i picked him up and keep picking him up for 2 weeks

  46. Losing_My_WillNE_To_Live on September 1, 2020 at 12:47 am

    The comments are ruined

  47. 앵무새키우는 미녀 on September 1, 2020 at 12:48 am

    So cute💗💗 Have you ever seen a paper-folding parrot? Please come to my channel.❤

  48. sophia chappe on September 1, 2020 at 12:50 am

    and to show scissors when saying clipped like you have to get it done by a trained expert

  49. ThemotherofeaglesKimDahyun on September 1, 2020 at 12:51 am

    Alright so I have a 1 year old cockatiel and it’s really quiet and scared! We got it yesterday and when we got the bird out of the cage it started flying into walls ☹ should I clip the wings or not pls answer

  50. Tobias on September 1, 2020 at 12:52 am

    Please listen to other tutorials people, I don’t recommend clipping your bird’s wings and don’t waste 2 weeks trying to get your bird on a stick. Don’t listen to this at all. Try see some *professional* videos from people like Live Laugh Birds and others.

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