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My parakeet Kailani and I

My parakeet Kailani and I

If not handled or trained while young, parakeets can be skittish and difficult to train. Kailani was close to a year old when I brought her home and within two months had come out of her shell. We currently enjoy a strong playful relationship. Not being one who favors treats – Kai prefers instead to “work for kisses” and will come rushing over to give me lots of them whenever she does something she’s been asked. While I’m home, Kai is free flighted and will play around the apartment. She is strongly trained with vocal commands and with some hand signals and will come sit willingly whether she’s been called over or not! We’re currently working on increasing her comfort levels with hands on contact (such as stroking & petting), and limiting her incessant teasing of my kitten.


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