Hey everyone! This forum seemed really friendly, so I thought I would post my parakeet questions here. :-)
We are first-time parakeet owners, and have had Ezio for about a month. He mostly seems happy, but he seems to be very timid. I have been working with him several times a day, every day. He will sometimes sit on my hand if there's millet, and sometimes get on a perch, but most of the time he will run/fly to the other side of his cage (sometimes he will cower near his food dish). He likes to climb on his ladder and ring his bell. We've let him out a few times to fly around, which he loves, and have been able to coax him back into his cage with millet.
But it doesn't really seem like he's becoming tame. We have a lot of wild birds living outside near our house, and he talks to them all the time. When he's out of his cage, he'll just sit on the blinds and chirp at them, and does not seem very interested in people at all.
Part of the problem might be that we also have three small children who are noisy and unpredictable. Part of the problem is probably also my impatience. :-D Do I just need to be patient and keep working with him, or do you have any suggestions?
Also, how can you tell if a parakeet's nails are getting too long? I worry that if I try and trim them I will ruin all the trust I've worked so hard to build . . .
Thanks for your help, everyone!