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How To Get Used To Being Handled Again?

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#1 Harmony<3



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Posted 24 June 2014 - 11:17 PM

(this is gonna be long, sorry) Hi guys I'm new, I have a little blue Quaker named Lawrence (technically he's my mums but I named him) We got him as an adult and I'm not sure how old he is but we were told he was hand raised. He bites and squawks when you try to get him out of his cage so we've provided him with lots of toys and feed him and everything, but can't handle him. Well some wind tipped his cage over last night and we couldn't find him in the dark so we had to stop the search until this morning. My mum was up earlier than me so she had a look around and called out and it sounded like he was next door so she came and told me but had to go to work. I had a look around and he wasn't there so I looked around my yard some more. He answers to his name so I called out to him and he answered (they have a very unique squawk, don't they?) and it sounded like it was coming from the trees in our yard that hang over the fence so I went out and called him and he flew down to land on my arm, so he must've been hand raised to not have gone far and be glad that he was found. I took him into the house because he seemed to be pretty happy to be handled (he wasn't biting or being noisy) and we just kind of chilled for a bit, I got him some food and water and he was pretty happy, letting me pat him, but he started to get cranky after a bit and kept flying away from me so I tried to pick him up in a way that wouldn't stress him out but he was having none of that. I ended up having to grab him with a towel so he couldn't bite, and trust me, he was trying to. He's back in his cage now and I don't know if I'll be able to get him out again. I want to get him used to being handled again because he seemed a lot happier when he wasn't just in his cage. I want to get him to the point where he will let me pick him up and can maybe teach him some stuff. Any tips or advice?


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#2 cnyguy


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Posted 26 June 2014 - 08:24 PM

I think that Lawrence may just need time to recover from what he's just been through. Having his cage tip over, and having to spend the dark night outdoors had to have been stressful for him. Give him a chance to rest up from the experience before you try to handle him. Try doing what works to help new parrots settle into a new home-- sit near Lawrence's cage and talk softly to him. Reassure him that he's safe now and that you'll make sure nothing like that happens again. Offer him some favorite treats while you're sitting with him. Once he feels safe and comfortable again, you'll probably be able to handle him as you did before.

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#3 Bene_Gesserit


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Posted 27 June 2014 - 03:16 PM

It also helps to let them come to you.  My fid is a rehome who was totally feral when she came to us. We put her cage up against our computer desk, and left her door open all day.  She started coming out and approaching us, and we'd offer her sunflower seeds (these are high fat, but good as treats.)  She slowly moved to stepping up to our wrists/forearms, and so on.  It's slow but worth it.

It's also worth noting that since my fid was neglected and/or abused, she is still afraid of hands and fingers.  Even four years in, we're not allowed to offer a finger for step ups, just the wrists. We still let her come out of the cage on her own, because of her fear of hands.

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