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New Family Member #395393 02/11/10 11:29 PM
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Hi, I'm a new keet owner and I was just curious if there was anything special I should know or keep in mind while bringing this new addition to the family home. I have read through some of the books at the pet stores and done some research online but I still feel very new to the whole thing. I do not wish poor Tito to suffer because I'm a little clueless lol. I'm mostly just wondering if there are any special tricks or secrets to making sure shes comfortable and I'm trying not to over stress her through the whole hand taming process. Any hint, tips, tricks, or advice is greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time! smile

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Welcome to the forum.
There are several things that will help you and Tito to not stress too much.

When you bring her home she will be very quiet, a little parakeet statue, for probably the first two or three days.

If you cover her cage on three sides and the top (day and night) this will help her feel more secure while she adjusts to her new home.

As far as the taming process this forum has wonderful information on that.

http://www.wineintro.com/forum/ubbthread..._NEW#Post112548

Relax, enjoy and congratulations on your new keet.

BTW - we love pictures.

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Ditto to all that BLR said and I'd also like to add that just sitting nearby and talking to them helps them get used to you and the sound of your voice. When you walk by his cage say hello smile Move slowly while changing food/water and cleaning cage..again talk to him while doing it. If you talk alot and let him know what you are doing, eventually he will associate your words with actions.
Be patient and let him adjust to his new home and surroundings before you even attempt hand taming.
Here is a link to what i think is a very informative site. If you go to "Basic Care" at the top of page you will see 1st days with ur new bird. Lots of other info there too. http://birdiemenagerie.com/#
Congrats and enjoy your new baby smile




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Thank you very much BLR and kksuns smile I look forward to reading through the information and what I have read has been very helpful so far.

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Hi karrabear, welcome and congrats on the new little dude.

The links kksuns and BLR gave are awesome.

Got any pics of your new baby? laugh


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I dont have any pics just yet cause shes still a bit skittish and I dont want to scare her with the flash but I hope to have some soon. smile

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Congrats on your Budgie! Would love to see a pic, perhaps try taking one without a flash? smile
I think as long as you know the basics, give your baby alot of love, time, and patience, he/she will thrive.
If yours is a youngster don't forget to offer them organic veggies, since they are more agreeable the younger they are.
Be sure to keep toxic/chemical things away from it (certain houseplants, cleansers, Febreeze, markers, glue, smoke, Teflon pans, hairdryers, etc - almost anything with a smell).
I had great success with clicker training. I love the book Getting Started Clicker Training For Birds by Melinda Johnson and highly recommend it.
Rotating toys/the cage around evey few days will make your bird more socialized, they tend not to be territorial then and it helps avoid breeding behaviors.
Good luck. Remember to have fun with your bird. The more you gently talk, play, spend time with it, it will learn to love & trust you.

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Yes congratulations on the new keet and welcome to the forum. Keep your keet out of drafts because even a samll one can do damage. Good luck with your new bird.

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Hurray I got Tito to stand on my finger two days in a row! Lol. Sorry celebrating the small things. She still seems a bit tense and will hop off if I move my hand but one step at a time. For those who have asked pictures will be coming soon! Once again thank you for the advice everyone it has been very helpful.

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thats not small thats a big thing and congratulations...wooohoooo


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