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My new Alexandrine -- Alex, 5 days at home, 2 months old...

Hello Dear Friends,

5 days ago I bought a new family member, Alexandrine, Alex his name. He is 2-3 months old.

Today I decided to open his cage's top side and try and make him step up on my hand, he finally did, but then he took a flight to another room, hit his nose into the window, I took him... then he stood up on my hand until we got back to the room where his cage stands, here he again took a flight into the window, fallen to the floor, refused to step up on my hand from the floor.

So I took him softly with both my hands around his back, to bring him back into the cage before more "accidents" happened, I think it was already too much for the first time outside the cage.

When I tried get close / touch him shortly after while he is inside the cage, he was very scared, didn't want me get close, seems as he is highly stressed as his whole body slightly bumps up/down every second.

Would appreciate suggestions!

Thanks,
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Re: My new Alexandrine -- Alex, 5 days at home, 2 months old...

Hi and welcome!
They can be real skittish! For now, find something to cover the windows! This will only be temporary, he will learn!
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Re: My new Alexandrine -- Alex, 5 days at home, 2 months old...

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Hi and welcome!
They can be real skittish! For now, find something to cover the windows! This will only be temporary, he will learn!
Okay, will keep windows covered, how about now? how much time to wait until try and approach him again? since now it feels like he sits in cage, angry/stressed/sad, whole body jumps slightly every second as his heart is bitting strong or something....

Also should i keep her cage covered with something to make it "darker' for her to relax ? or keep her cage un covered to regular light while he is relaxing?

Also from the window accident, his nose got some thing... see attached photo..its OK? it will get over? does it hurt?

Thanks a lot!

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Re: My new Alexandrine -- Alex, 5 days at home, 2 months old...

Thanks a lot~ I would really appreciate if you guys could feedback me on my last reply above with the photo - truly appreciated <3
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Re: My new Alexandrine -- Alex, 5 days at home, 2 months old...

** Just went out and bought for him parrot food for small parrots, he wont eat yet from the plastic box (he stopped since today's accident, still in stress) but he did eat those from my finger - which is good I believe **

Btw here I made video how it looks after the crash, like an hour later: https://t.me/alextheparrot/2 posted in telegram channel i create especially for Alex.

The store told me he is 2-3 month old, but frankly looks like he might be older, isn't it? He is eating alone from the cage, dry food that the store sold us, in that food there is also sunflower seeds.

Btw: since the accident he is fluffy
And doesn't eat, yet, he eat from my finger ....
So I believe he still in a pain of shock...
So should be better in a day or two.

Right?
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Re: My new Alexandrine -- Alex, 5 days at home, 2 months old...

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Quote: Originally Posted by Flboy View Post
Hi and welcome!
They can be real skittish! For now, find something to cover the windows! This will only be temporary, he will learn!
Okay, will keep windows covered, how about now? how much time to wait until try and approach him again? since now it feels like he sits in cage, angry/stressed/sad, whole body jumps slightly every second as his heart is bitting strong or something....

Also should i keep her cage covered with something to make it "darker' for her to relax ? or keep her cage un covered to regular light while he is relaxing?

Also from the window accident, his nose got some thing... see attached photo..its OK? it will get over? does it hurt?

Thanks a lot!
Do you have a pre-window hit pic of Alex's nose for comparison?
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Re: My new Alexandrine -- Alex, 5 days at home, 2 months old...

I'm so sorry your poor bird has hurt himself! Alexandrines depend greatly on their power of flight and will fly off mindlessly when frightened. At this state of your bird's training, it's probably best to cover the windows either with some light curtains or a roller blind or even just a bed-sheet tacked up. Or, you could put some stickers or even just stick some paper to the window so Alex can tell he can't fly through it.

When my birds were new, I walked them around all the windows and held them close to the glass every time I got them out of their cage. I let them feel the glass with their bodies and beaks. In that way, they learned very quickly that the clear glass was hard. They never did fly into a window, although once Madge flew into a mirror and scared herself badly.

Try and imagine what it's like for a tiny bird suddenly brought to your house and kept in a strange cage and in strange surroundings. He has no way of knowing you won't hurt him and expects danger from every direction. Only time will fix that. While he's learning that your house is not the Pit of Death and that you are not an evil dragon who wants to eat him, he'll need peace and quiet so he can learn to feel calm. It's probably best not to take him out of his cage for a week or two while he learns to relax.

Always move slowly and quietly around the cage and don't allow anyone else (eg. children) to run or move quickly about him. Try to keep the noise level down too, as sudden noises will scare him. Maybe a radio playing softly in the background might help to cover up other noises (traffic, machines, loud voices).

You could put your hand in the cage each day and offer him a treat. He might even come to the door of the cage to take it from you, once he learns you won't make him step up or grab him suddenly. Training a bird takes a very long time and you can't make the bird do things like stepping up. If you do, he'll hate it and may come to bite in order to defend himself from you. All you can do is ask him nicely to come to you and reward him when he does. In time, he'll learn to like the reward and to like you. He'll come to you when he's ready.

Alexandrines are wonderful companion birds, but you have to interact with them a lot to keep them happy and tame. They love to fly, so you might be able to allow yours to fly about your house when he's been with you for a few months. They also love to chew things, so try to give Alex things like wood or cardboard or cork or bamboo to chew on. Don't give him plastic stuff because you can't know whether it will poison him. Give him the biggest cage you can (small cages cause the long tail to get damaged and break off) and make sure he has some toys, like a swing, hanging rope, plastic ball (one that can't be bitten). Avoid bells, because Alexes can bite them open and swallow the tiny bead inside.

This is too much information for now, I know, so I'll stop. But do feel free to ask questions. We all want you to have a great time with your baby Alex and look forward to some happier pictures of him.
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Re: My new Alexandrine -- Alex, 5 days at home, 2 months old...

Good News!

Waking up this morning, just now, taking him back to the main room where sun light is there, waiting 10 minutes and the baby is EATING from the food can in the cage, woohoo! Certainly a sign - he is recovering from the first flight accident shock!

I also bought calcium vitamines and put him a little bit in his water, to help his beak with better and easier recovery, is it good idea?

Doubt:
I see he is like breathing heavily, not that I hear it..no... but his whole body is like slightly goes up/down, thats could be part of yesterday's shock? or its normal?


Here attached his beak, before and after yesterday's accident & how he was eating now on his own:

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Re: My new Alexandrine -- Alex, 5 days at home, 2 months old...

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Hello Dear Friends,

5 days ago I bought a new family member, Alexandrine, Alex his name. He is 2-3 months old.

Today I decided to open his cage's top side and try and make him step up on my hand, he finally did, but then he took a flight to another room, hit his nose into the window, I took him... then he stood up on my hand until we got back to the room where his cage stands, here he again took a flight into the window, fallen to the floor, refused to step up on my hand from the floor.

So I took him softly with both my hands around his back, to bring him back into the cage before more "accidents" happened, I think it was already too much for the first time outside the cage.

When I tried get close / touch him shortly after while he is inside the cage, he was very scared, didn't want me get close, seems as he is highly stressed as his whole body slightly bumps up/down every second.

Would appreciate suggestions!

Thanks,
Rom
Are you from the Indian subcontinent? I am curious because only here, because a 2 month old bird is just too young. But if we go by wild bird breeding season- by July- the birds would be about at least 4.5 to 7 months old at least.
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