Edited by jazzythebird, 22 April 2012 - 06:51 PM.
Uncontroleable Squawking When Trying To Hold
Posted 22 April 2012 - 06:41 PM
Posted 22 April 2012 - 08:08 PM
It's always best to move at the parrot's pace and not force interaction. Your parrot doesn't know or trust you yet, so it's natural that she gets scared and upset when you stick your hand in her cage. Imagine if a giant hand suddenly plunged into your house and reached for you-- how would you feel? Gloves aren't usually recommended since they're even scarier to the parrot.
In the beginning, it works well if you just sit near your parrot's cage and talk softly to her. That helps her get used to you and the sound of your voice. You can read and sing to your parrot too. Tell her how much you love her and how happy you are to have her in your life; they really do understand when you say things like that. If you'd like her to come out of her cage, try leaving the door open and then let her decide when she's ready to come out. It may take a while, but parrots are much happier when they can make their own choices about such things.
Good luck to you and your QP!
Posted 22 April 2012 - 09:48 PM
Posted 22 April 2012 - 10:53 PM
Guide to a Well Behaved Parrot is a good place to start. Though it is not specifically about quakers it will help you learn about the bird perspective.
They are feisty little birds but the reward of earning their trust is worth it!
Posted 22 April 2012 - 11:38 PM
Posted 23 April 2012 - 12:12 AM
Posted 23 April 2012 - 08:07 AM
Posted 23 April 2012 - 09:24 PM
How long would you say before you start seeing improvement or how long till he/she started to try to get close? Do you recommend leaving the cage open?
It really varies according to each bird. Giver her lots of love mainly by talking to her, along with the occasional treat. Once she starts to trust you she might let you pet her every so often. I was lucky and my fid started to take to me the second day I saw her (one week from the first day). She was really sketchy with me even then but I could still pet her. I believe this was due to the lack of attention from her previous owners. I imagine you'll see small improvements day by day but don't get discouraged because the effort and time will undoubtedly pay off.
About the cage thing, I leave mine open whenever I'm in the room with Patty and if I happen to leave the room, it's no longer than a few mins. If I'm leaving the house, I tend to make sure she's in her cage until I get home. She only gets out if someone else lets her out to give her some love. My girl's safety is my #1 concern
Posted 29 April 2012 - 03:06 PM
Also, even now, my bird is very territorial about her cage. I can reach in to stroke her head, but if I offer my forearm for her to come out, she bites. If, however, she comes out onto the TOP of her cage, I can then offer my arm and she will step up nicely.