Why you should NEVER put your hand into your bird’s cage

Hi there. Today I’m going to talk about a mistake that
very many new bird owners make. If you’ve been subscribed to the channel for
a while and read the comments, you’ll probably already know it, but do keep watching – I’m
going to explain a little what goes on in every bird’s mind, and that’s something every
bird owner should know. People often complain that their birds don’t
trust them even though they try to tame them and interact with them. And 99% percent of the time it is down to
one big mistake they are making, which doesn’t seem big to them, but is HUGE for the bird. So I’m going to start this video with a serious
word of advice. NEVER, EVER PUT YOUR HAND IN YOUR BIRD’S CAGE. Now, a few people will now go “What?! But I’ve always tamed my bird like that!” No. Putting your hand into your bird’s cage is
the opposite of taming, and here is why. When you put your hand in your bird’s cage,
there are two ways this can go: #1 (90% of birds): Your bird will be scared
to death. Birds are prey animals and they have a strong
instinct to flee. You will have noticed that birds react with
stress or flight to any little change in their surroundings, for instance, a new toy. This is because they are programmed to think
that everything they don’t know, is dangerous or deadly. In the wild, this helps them avoid predators,
so it’s a good thing. But for domestic birds this can be a problem. Being in a cage is already an unnatural situation
for a bird because they cannot go anywhere, and they can’t flee. If you stick your hand into your untame bird’s
cage while he is in it, he will think your hand is a predator that will kill him. Your bird will see that there is no way out
and think he is going to die. This is obviously very frightening for the
bird and puts a huge amount of stress on him. As if that wasn’t bad enough, finches especially
are very very prone to a life-threatening condition called stress-induced shock, which
means they can collapse and die when intensely stressed. That alone should be a reason not to put your
hand in your bird’s cage. So this was the first way this can go, you
can scare your bird to death or at least destroy all trust you might have established with
him. Which leaves us with the second reaction,
#2 (10% of birds): Your bird will be visibly uncomfortable, but he will not panic. Now you might think: Great! I’ve got a brave bird, I can tame him faster
now! No. Because what you are doing by sticking your
hand in your bird’s cage is a bit like this. Imagine I want to be your friend, so I come
to your house, and I point a gun at you and I tell you: “BE MY FRIEND!” What are you going to do? You’re not going to say no, because instinctively,
even though you may not show it, you are scared that I might kill you. And that is exactly what your bird is going
through when you try to tame him inside his cage. Now if I come to your house every day and
point a gun at you, but I don’t shoot, you’re probably going to get used to it. But will you feel comfortable around me? Probably not. If I ask you “Should we hang out?” You’ll probably say no. And this again is what happens to your bird
if you “tame” him by sticking your hand into his cage and interacting with him: You are
forcing him, not taming him. Why is this bad? First of all, birds “tamed” in this manner
will never seek out your company on their own. The bird will see you as a source of food
at best, but never as a true companion. You’ll never enjoy the same kind of bond with
a forced bird than with one you’ve tamed carefully, patiently, by letting the bird come to you,
outside the cage. Another problem you’ll run into is that you’ll
have a very hard time getting your bird to go back into their cage. Why? Because subconsciously, they see their cage
as a place of stress and forced interaction – just like you wouldn’t like to go home,
if you knew there was someone sitting there with a gun pointed at you. On the other hand, birds that have been tamed
outside the cage see it as a safe place, a safe retreat, and they will go back into their
cage without any problem when they need a rest. To sum up, here are the reasons why you should
never stick your hand in your bird’s cage: #1 Worst case scenario: You can literally
scare your bird to death. #2 It will destroy any kind of trust you have
established with your bird. #3 Forced interaction will result in a bird
that doesn’t actually like you. and #4 Your bird will hate getting back into his
cage and you’ll be dealing with a whole lot of unnecessary drama. I hope this clarifies this point. Sorry it was a more serious video than usual,
and it was fairly long – I couldn’t say it any shorter. If you’re new to this channel and would like
to know the correct way for taming your bird, here are a few videos to help you get started. Don’t forget to leave a like and subscribe
to our channel for more birdtaming videos like this one. See you soon!

94 thoughts on “Why you should NEVER put your hand into your bird’s cage

  1. I want to be ur friend even if you pullet the gun 😀 haha
    Ur bird is so cute ! How do you clip the nails on these thin feets ?

  2. Thanks so much for your wonderful channel. It has taken me much trial and error to discover some of the same information; many more of your suggestions are new to me and I'll certainly try them. My bird friends are WILD URBAN HOODED CROWS. We have known each other for at least 6 years, and they retain their natural caution, yet we are still often finding new ways to widen our mutual trust. Yesterday for the very first time, the male crow sat right down and indicated that i could stroke him, which i then did for several minutes! I am always deeply impressed with the way he appears to use his intellect to overcome a natural fear when it seems worth trying. You can see a very few of our interactions on my channel.

  3. Hey Hannah thank you for your response. My babies are now 4 months old 🙂 they are getting used to my hand. I will be letting them fly around very soon 🙂 they have big cages so plenty of space but yes ı agree not to keep them in cages all the time. I am struggling with mite spray too as ı dont want to handle them…any advice on spraying them without scaring them? 🙂

  4. Hi:) I just discovered u, and I must say u are absolutely amazing! I have 2 questions, perhaps u can help me with, first I would like to know where I can find the cage u have? 2nd I have 2 finches- my first 1 Fini is an orange cheek waxbill male (I have for 1 yr), the 2nd one is a red cheek cordon bleu male I have since March (6 months) Tristan. They are currently caged separately , I would like to cage them together, they both have flight cages Prevue- (same size) they are both waxbills and usually compatible however, Fini I found at my local pet store and then due to the hurricane in puerto rico the supply of finch birds to NY diminished- and basically there were only zebra finches/society which were both larger than my orange cheek and the zebras are more aggressive, so I made the mistake of ordering out of state my cordon bleu who arrived pretty traumatized and very wild. I have kept them caged separately, now that we are at the 6 month mark he is becoming more tame- and I would like to order a different cage and try to house them together / this way they wont fight over territory, Ive heard to put one thing from each cage in the new cage… just wondering your advice on how to go about doing this, I know this is a lengthy comment/ question, but I wanted u to have as much info as possible so u would have a clearer understanding of my situation. The cages are currently about 2 feet apart, they do communicate with one another and copy each others behavior, but sometimes I come home and they are both just sitting there looking at each other, and I feel if they were in the same cage they would be more interactive.

  5. I think it depends on the birds personality. I put my hand in and they groom, fly to, and follow me. Maybe it's because it's a very social bird ? also that a Bootiful birb.

  6. Im new on ur channel my goldfinsh start to flew back and forth anytime i walk across his cage but he doesnt seem impress when my cockatiel flew up in my room and even grip above his cage he seem more impressed than afraid and as u know cockatiel look almost ten times his size

  7. i have two gouldian finch birds and i really want to tame they, and after watching your videos. i will try all you are saying. i really want to let them fly aroundin my room. but, i need to put my hand inside their cage when im changing food. my birds is not that tame yet, and im to afraid to let them out free flying beause im to scared that they will not go back inside the cage. did you first tame your bird before you let him out. or did you let him free flight after some weeks? i have had my birds for 3 months soon. so they should be safe there in the room. they are in my bedroom there i spend my day almost all time after work. and they sleep with me and are talking to me and are really curious and talks back when i go to their cage and are talking to the birds. so do you think i can let them freee flight?

  8. This makes a lot of sense! I just got a green cheek conure almost a week ago. He's very shy and I thought maybe putting my hand in slowly would get him used to the idea of my trying to touch him. I had no ill intentions but now I unde rstand why he would avoid my hand at all costs. Great video btw!

  9. I have one canary hen in a 23" by 19'" cage and want to buy a male equivalent type (Spanish Timbrado).  1) should I try to keep them in the same cage long term?  2) What is the best process to introduce another canary to this cage?  thank you

  10. I'm getting budgies soon and definitely agree. But I'm also worried about the first weeks. Food and water containers are all accessible from the outside of the cage, and I also checked for a way to attach millet without reaching into the cage. But for example I will have to reach into the cage to remove the transport cages after they got out and settled into the cage. The cage is rather big and has big doors so the best option for letting them out seems to be putting the transport cages into the cage and opening them.

  11. First of all, ur an idiot, if u get a bird and let it out of its cage the first day u get it, it's going to fly away from u. Second of all, u should accocciate your hand with food so the bird like your hand company. Third of all, you shouldnt even be training ur bird on the first day, let it settle into its environment before u train it. And make sure it gets used to your face so it knows your face. Also keep birds in bedrooms so that they will be around u a lot.

  12. Thank you so much for this! I never thought of it that way but it does make sense… like friendship, its best to not force

  13. What would be the most effective way to train your bird to come to you without putting your hand in the cage?
    I also have another question
    As a student i only get free time after 6:00 so is it still possible to give my budgie the attention it needs? Please reply?

  14. I think you're right. If a big hand came into my house and said "Be my friend" I would not say no but terrified.

  15. Hi i need to ask an important question! I moved my cockatiels into a new bigger cages but they flew away from me and i had to catch them and threw a shirt over one of the two because i couldnt catch him and i feel like hes scared of me more than before but theyre both in a better cage and how can i build their trust from here on ? Must i give them a lot of time?

  16. So i'm thinking about getting a small parrot or finch. One thing i'm really confused about is a certain issue ppl seem to to have during the taming process. If your bird is very scared of you,you leave the bird in his cage and bring him closer and closer to you and count higher and higher..but when do you let him out? And it have been researching for over a year now and I have watched all sorts of educational videos like yours,these are a very helpful!

    But, then I read the comments and a problem I see about a bird who is not yet tame,or maybe not quite there,is that they just fly up to the curtains or some place high and the person cant get him or has a hard time getting the bird back in cage,and in doing so they end up going back to square one with the whole taming process; because the person had to use force to get him back in cage. And another thing that seems to be a problem with this,is that the bird is not near the person enough (because he flew some place high) to be tamed when he just flies away.. So should you just let him go back into the cage by himself? Or not let him out until you have enough of the bird's trust? Or find a way to lure him?
    Sorry for looong questions,btw. And i'm a fan. You and Leperello make a good pair and and are fun to watch,and very educational. (:

  17. This is such a great tip! I avoid putting my hand in my canaries’ cage as much as possible now. When I give them treats, I put the doors down (they collapse both ways) and offer them treats with my hands outside. While they’re in the cage I only interact with them through the bars, which they seem much more comfortable with! I’m hoping they will soon be able to venture outside the cage

  18. My birds are interesting…
    I have a HUGE cage, I put my hand in, and they will hop on, and I will take him out and boom, sometimes, he doesn’t want to get off my hand. Then I will play with him I the cage, because if I take him out, it will teach that he can be stubborn and get what he wants, and so I’m not sure if I’m doing the right thing or not

  19. Woah noooo. Man why do all the other videos tell us to put our hands in the bird cages. I did that for a while because a video told me to, I did it for like a week and my bird started sitting on my hand. I feel super bad now. How should I go about taming my bird?

  20. I feel bad now, because a lot of videos say to put your hand in their cage. Does anyone know how to help calm down a bird, or in other words, help them know that I’m not a threat?

  21. so, .. if I have already put my hand in the cage, and he starts to hate me,.. can I build the trust again?

  22. I love how you say "nooo" omg, also, I can be your friend, with or without gun.

  23. I just got my bird a few days ago…how long should I wait before I can leave the cage door open? Or should he get used to the room/us first?
    Also I have a few cats and he is scared to death of them even though I don't let them in the room that my bird is in…help plz!?!

  24. I have a 15 year old lovebird who has never been tamed, and I thought that putting my hand in her cage could build trust. Thank you for making this video!

  25. hi I really love your Channel but I have a question my birds sit in my finger and my sholder but they are scared from my hand

  26. Hey…then
    If my bird never gets my hand & also not allow to put my hand into its cage then how I can tame it …
    Plz answer…i gotta confused!!

  27. How can I change his food then? I should grab the metal door that grabs the plastic thingie that has food in it then drag it out so I can put more in it, but everytime I do, he jumps to the other end of the cage (sorta gets as far as he can when I do so).

  28. So how to clean and change the toys ?? I have many birds and moving them from one cage in the next just to change and clean is just as stressful .

  29. Is it acceptable AFTER your bird is used to your hand and is aware of what it is? Because my bird i have trained to be calm with hands and understand what they are.

  30. This is extremely informative and helpful. There's always gonna be people that disagree or whatever but in the end, bird owners need to try different methods from people who know what they are talking about until they find something that works. As far as getting pet owners who don't really think about how the bird is feeling THANK YOU.

  31. Oh my lord! I put my hand in my budgies cage so frequently.. I feel so ashamed! I will not ever put my hand in my budgies cage! Please give me tips!

  32. Leporello is such a lovely bird! And his owner is very wise. I came here for bird taming tips but your insights apply to humans as well. There is a fearful little bird inside each of us who must be kept safe, cared for and loved. If the only lesson we learned in life was how to befriend our bird-self, we wouldn't need anything else to be happy. Love your videos! Please keep them coming! Subscribed.

  33. My pet cockatiel has had some negative expierienced with me before I learn how to take care of him well. He's no scared of me and my hands. He's so scared that he won't even come near for treats. What should I do?

  34. I have already put my hand in my cage, and I only realised this now..
    What do I do? Leave it alone?
    It is still afraid of me and sometimes tries to chew on the bars, I'm guessing to either grind its beaks or get out..

  35. But my birds are small now they can't eat by themselves we need feed them. If I don't put hands in their cage then how will I feed them.

  36. I bought budgies a week ago and I've been doing things wrong. I want now to start a new but I need to clean the cage cz it's a mess. How can I do that without scaring them? And how long should I keep doing this step before going to step (1) in your video list?

  37. I had to stick my hand in his cage to fix his bowl because it got knocked over and now I feel bad because he backed away against the wall ?

  38. Hey, i have a question, would it be okay if i only put my hand a little but inside the cage with food on after almost a month of interacting with the bird and getting it used to my presence and hand? Would it still be wrong?
    Please reply!

  39. Thank you for this information. I did not know about it before I saw your video. Now I have a problem because my bird's cage was made by my father years ago (not for this specific bird) and there is no way of changing his food or water without me sticking my hands inside. I have moved everything as close to the door as possible to make it less stressful for my bird and whenever I am home I open his cage. He doesn't trust me so I just let him explore and he usually goes inside on his own when he gets bored, but I keep talking to him while he is out and he is approaching me more and more each day.

    Should I try to get another cage though? I don't want the bird to be scared every time I have to change his food and sometimes he doesn't want to go out, so I can't always change the food and water without him being there.

  40. Thanks for the very convincing explanation on birds’ psychology. I think, you should show in a video how to deal with practical common problems like: cleaning the cage, replacing food and beverages for example by using the right accessories, and how and wether to fetch a bird, when this is needed. You may have a situation, where the bird insists moving around the cage, while you are cleaning it.

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