Here is what you'll need:
• A scared or aggressive bird
• Treats -millet or sunflower seeds are the top hit for small to medium birds. If your bird is larger, your going to have to find a treat that will suit them
• Patients - lots of it!
Reminder: Do not move onto any step unless you are sure your bird is comfortable with what you are doing. If at all you bird does not look comfortable with what your doing, replete the previous step until he/she is
First off, if this bird is new, leave him/her in the cage alone for 2-3 days. Your bird is in a new environment and is very scared. You will need to give it some time for them to get used to their surroundings before letting them get used to you. Only go into the cage to change the food and water.
Slowly approach your bird everyday and just sit by his cage for about 5-10 minutes at least twice a day. You need to show him/her that you are safe and won't do anything to hurt him/her. You can sing, read, talk, or do anything you would like as long as it will be near your bird and won't involve any abrupt movements or sounds that may scare him/her
Put your hand in the cage. Do not put it near the bird. Just rest your hand on the front door for about 5-10 minutes. You are doing this to teach your bird that hands will not harm your bird. This is the advanced step from Step One.
This one is going to need some more patients. Your goal is to get your bird to eat treats from you. I figured out that the best way to accomplish this goal is to first hold the treats where your hand was in Step 2 and slowly
move closer to the bird. I am serious. You need to move your hand very slowly. Your bird will first regect it. Don't worry. It's all normal. I found out that you find the best results when your bird is hungry so take out its food for like 2-3 hours before trying this. You can also do this in the morning when your bird hasn't ate the whole night and is hungry. When your bird eats the treats you'll know you have accomplished the hardest step.
This next step will be feeding your bird seeds with the palm of your hand. It will be discouraging at first but don't give up. Keep offering until it starts eating from your hand. Congratulations on a job well done. Earning your birds trust is the hardest part of taming your bird to be friendly with you.