Children and Parakeets
If you have children in your household, it is very important that they learn to respect their bird friends and the proper way to handle them. Parakeets can be easily hurt by an overly excited child.
Involve Your Child with Every Day Care
When you bring the parakeet home, involve your child in the everyday care and feeding of his new friend. Explain how to provide food for the parakeet and why it is important to keep fresh water available at all times. Let them watch you care for the parakeet and help with what they can handle at their age. Young children may have to be reminded about the things they need to do for their new parakeet. It will probably be best if an adult is the primary care giver for a new parakeet. After the bird has become use to his new surroundings and you, he can be introduced to others in the household.
Teach Your Child to Speak Parakeet
Explain that even though their parakeet can’t talk like they do, he can still tell them what he needs and wants. Show your child how to watch the parakeet’s body movements and the different types of sounds he makes. A parakeet’s body language can be easily understood.
Teach Your Child How to Handle Your Parakeet
Show your child how to hold the parakeet on his finger. Teach him to gently pet parakeet and where he likes to be scratched. Always be nearby when your child is playing with the bird. If one or the other starts to misbehave, you will need to separate them. Your child and your parakeet both need to know what behavior is acceptable and what is not.
- Don’t surprise the bird.
- Don’t shake or hit the cage.
- Don’t poke at the bird.
- Don’t take the bird outside.