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Old 06-12-2016, 10:06 AM
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Please help, my Alexandrine is terrified of me

I uploaded video just for this, i have no idea what to do. Doesnt matter if i approach with stick or my hand he would attack me. He also made my fingers bleed few times.

Once i didnt give him food for 3 days, and when i approached with my hand full of seeds, he didnt want to eat, he went directly to my hand so he can bite it.

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Old 06-12-2016, 10:28 AM
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re: Please help, my Alexandrine is terrified of me

1. Stop letting him run around the house. He should be in his cage.

2. Don't ever starve your parrot

3. Give us complete details on you and your parrot. Age, how long you have him, where you got him, size of cage, what you feed him, how much time you spend with him, anything you can think of . Your age, where you live , any parrot experience . You have very smart and experienced people on this board, but you have to give them something to go on.
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re: Please help, my Alexandrine is terrified of me

Im 20 and i go to college so i dont work that much with bird, maybe 1 hour every second day. But he is in my room almost all the time except when im into a lot of studying.

I got bird maybe 7 months ago , then he was 1 month old raised by his parents in the cage that was outside (in the garden).
I feed him with basic seed mix that i but in the pet store (penauts, sunflower seeds and a lot of other seeds), beside that i buy fresh apples that he is enjoying a lot.

I had a lot of parakeets before, but this is first tiem i have mid-sized bird.
His cage is maybe awarage for the bird of its kind.

Also i clipped his wings 2 months ago because he was hitting windows, wouldnt go back into his cage and simply cause a lot of mess.
Nothing else i could think of
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Old 06-12-2016, 10:46 AM
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re: Please help, my Alexandrine is terrified of me

Lack of socialization/never socialized. You leave a bird locked up all it's life and you're surprised it's not friendly to humans? It's going to take more than an hour a couple of times a week to get this bird. A bird that was socialized that was neglected usually adapts back to being socialized fast, but one that has never been exposed to humans much is going to be a chore.
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re: Please help, my Alexandrine is terrified of me

'never exposed to humans'. It is in my room with me whole day, its just i dont work that much with it, but when i try its furiosly trying to chop my fingers off. And trust me this is going on for 6 months so far.
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re: Please help, my Alexandrine is terrified of me

Being ignored in a cage isn't exposure.
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re: Please help, my Alexandrine is terrified of me

Yes, be creative about spending time with your bird. They are far more intelligent than we give them credit. Even talking to them while studying, hanging out, is valuable. 1 hour here and there will do more damage than anything. The bird is wondering, "what did i do wrong?" and perhaps is taking its anger out. Not an expert but after having birds for 30+ years I think it may be worth considering.
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re: Please help, my Alexandrine is terrified of me

Rule Number One: It is never the fault of the Parrot!!!! It is always the fault of the Human!!! If, you work from this understanding, you will quickly come to determining What You Are Doing Wrong!!! This will allow you to more quickly find and correct what you are doing wrong.

It is my hope that whoever sold you this poor parrot provided you basic information and care instructions. In all honestly you need to go back to them and have them go thought the basics again!

In addition, it is highly likely you have not taken your parrot for its first Avian Vet visit, which commonly occurs with in a few days or at most a couple of weeks after your parrot came home with you. Correct? Well, your parrot is over due and needs to be seen very soon.

Unless you make a commitment to major changes in the way you are handling your parrot. This is only going to get much worst!

I have never said this before, but I think you should strongly consider returning this parrot to the seller. It is neither the fault of the Parrot or the Seller that you are having these problems. Remember, its never the fault of the parrot.

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Re: Please help, my Alexandrine is terrified of me

Liar4life, please don't take these posts as personal attacks on you. You don't know better and we know that. In that respect its not your fault, it's the fault of the breeder for not doing their homework on you

You need to understand that you're getting these reactions here because you've committed the cardinal sin of parrot ownership: buying it and ignoring it. To have a well adjusted bird that allows you to handle them, you need to invest the time into actually HANDLING him...Evey day...frequently. They are like dogs, they need attention.

The way this SHOULD have gone is as long as you are home, that bird needs to be out of its cage on you/with you. An hour every other day is wholly insufficient. Especially for an alexandrine. You got a bird who has the reputation of turning feral when not handled.

I'm with Sailboat here. You've gone down a long dark road here and I'm not sure you have what you need as far as time, willingness, and skill needed to CORRECT the situation. You might consider returning the bird to the breeder/store you got them from; it's the most humane thing to do in this case. In fact I beg you to. Otherwise this poor bird will wind up rehomed many times throughout its life; and his life may end tragically from neglect.

For the record, forum, this is why I ALWAYS tell kids coming here asking for advise on buying a bird that they need to wait. College is just too busy for best proper parrot ownership.

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Re: Please help, my Alexandrine is terrified of me

At 7 months your Alex is still a baby please do not starve him.....As wrench has said he should be in a cage and not have a free run in the house unsupervised.That doesn't mean you have cage him 24x7 , but he needs supervised out of cage time.
You parrot is scared and has to learn to trust you. Alexandrines are extremely food greedy and very independent , use it to your advantage.
When he is in his cage, offer him treats like small bits of cashew, almonds or anything he likes . Let him associate you with something good and pleasant. Talk to him gently through the cage bars . You can start by placing the treat in his food bowl and when he is comfortable with you around offer it with your fingers.
When he is out of his cage eat something he likes with all the yummy noises like apples,orange or even carrots . He will want you to share it with him .... offer it from distance so he cannot bite you. If you have the will and are consistent with your good behavior you will have a companion for life.
Alexandrines are not needy . My Rio keeps himself busy on his cage top with his toys . He can keep himself entertained even with bottle caps. Please take out some time and read the previous post in the Alexandrine forum ..... you will understand your Alex better with some excellent advice regarding his diet and what to expect from your parrot.
Whistle and talk to your Alex, they are excellent mimics and often will associate phrases with actions . It is also a great bonding exercise. He is definitely NOT what you have mentioned in your title.
All this is going to take time but if you really have the will and are consistent you will have a life long companion.

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