I'm new to the boards, and around May 16-18, my brother-in-law got me two very adorable keets! One is a mix of blue/white, and the other is kiwi colored mixed with yellow named Kiwi, and it's a male. The blue one, Skyler's gender is undefined.
Anyway, I came home from school the next day and could not wait to play with them. I mean, feed them and let them sit on my finger, and I'd gently stroke the top of their delicate feathery heads. But things didn't go out as I planned. I had absolutely no knowledge of keets. And I never had pets before. So I barged my hand in and they became frantic, flying around. Soon I found out that they were scared of me. Dead scared, that they were shivering and getting skiddish even when I walked by their cage!
Then I got mad! Really mad, thinking that my keets were obviously snobby and ignorant little birds. Then I went online and stumbled across this site and I learnt alot. I mean, whoever thought of 'building trust' with a bird could be so...serious? It's like I was making up to a mad spouse!
So anyway, I took care of them, talked to them, sang to them, hummed to them (their favorite, it makes them sleepy in night time) fed them, changed their water, their food and even put in a small bathtub that I doubt they use besides for water. But they remained skiddish. And I thought it'd take about 2 months before I could even put them on a perch!
But I only had two perches. And they remained in the cage b/c they'd bang around if I tried to take them out. I didn't even have any millet or anything.
Then today, things have changed. It's only been about their 10-12th day in my home. And today I put my hand in this morning. Skyler put one foot on my finger, I felt like hopping up and down but I stayed patient, like nothing even happened. That's a trick with parakeets, make them feel nothing happened, except that when they put one of their feet on your finger, they feel the comfort! They feel the cushion and the warmth and the feel and the perfect grip of the finger. Then they want to put their whole body up on the finger, like a perch.
So this evening, Skyler finally put herself, fully, over my finger, with both feet. People told me it's hard to train two parakeets at once, but the amount of dedication really paid off, my keets live in the same cage, and people told me it'd be impossible to finger train them because they've passed the age. But they were all wrong! Skyler did it! I did it! And so can you! And soon Kiwi would want do it too!
So don't back off from your keet if you have another keet living in the same cage! Don't back off if he/she passes the age! It is possile, so never give up, b/c your keet certainly will not!