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Quote: Originally Posted by Flboy View Post
Hi, that plant looks like purslane! I used to put it in salads. Super easy to grow anywhere!
I knew I needed to clarify ‘asking for permission’.
I read JoJo’s body language and always wait for him to make a move towards me.

Good ol Google!
Portulaca oleracea (common purslane, also known as verdolaga, little hogweed, red root, or pursley) is an annual succulent in the family Portulacaceae, which may reach 40 centimetres (16 in) in height
I'll definitely do that then,
And yes, Purslane, it had a few common names when I googled it so I wasn't sure which one to call it! =]


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Alrighty I'm going to start a long novel here.

First off thank you for reaching out for your bird; when I first joined this forum I was trying to bond with a slightly plucked and miserable Hahns macaw and trying to make his life far more enriching than it had been. Back in the 80s and 90s the majority of people thought that birds did just fine in a simple small cage with seed and that was all they needed.

In recent studies and such it has been proven that most parrots have the intelligence of a small child and items and toys are beginning to come out that reflect that.

First off lets talk enrichment.

1.) Mirrors.

Birds are animals that bond, what they see when they hatch is what they associate with as their 'kind' your bird was hand raised and looks to people as his flock yes; but with that mirror in his cage he now gets to see an animal just LIKE him every day and thus has from your description likely bonded with the bird in the mirror. If you want him to interact more with you... I'd remove it. He will be sad for a few days, and likely start flock calling' but it will be better for him and you in the long run with it gone.

2.) Perches and toys.
You have done an amazing job with the mostly outside his cage bit; that he can come and go as he wants has likely done wonders for his confidence and mindset. However think of his cage as his 'room' his 'bed' is in there... his personal items and so on. However he has two toys in there and one is a mirror which doesn't really count for his health. I'd reccommend looking at the petstore for a few things that can be chewed on... and shredded; maybe even an entire branch of that bush that he enjoys so much! My rule of thumb for toys is usually at least one for every perch in the cage... and then I put at least two outside of the cage!
https://www.amazon.com/Paradise-8-In...Bird+chew+toys
https://www.amazon.com/Paradise-4-In...Bird+chew+toys
https://www.amazon.com/Birds-Accesso...Bird+chew+toys

Now his perches are nothing but dowel rods, in the wild a bird has many different sized perches to stand on; but think of it like this; would you want to sit on the same three legged stool... eat on it... sleep on it... all day every day? After a little while our backsides would start hurting and we'd have to move right? Think about getting him some chairs... and even a couch! Varied perches are important for feet health; otherwise arthritis and sores can develope in his feet. My general rule of thumb for this is at least three varied perches inside of a cage.

Perches like these...
Boings- or swings for variety and a soft place for him to rest his feet..
https://www.amazon.com/Zeroyoyo-Acce...erch+for+birds
Natural wood perches with odd angles and such that force his feet to settle in different positions
https://www.amazon.com/Bwogue-Perch-...ood+bird+perch
A simple flat perch that forces him to open his feet.
https://www.amazon.com/Alfie-Pet-Pet...ood+bird+perch


3.) Cage size.
While your baby has lived in that cage for 15 years and it was an amazing cage for a new baby... sometimes size can be a factor in aggression. Imagine if you had one of those little box rooms with a small bed... a dresser and that was all that would fit. I did back in college and I was uncomfortable every time my parents walked into the room! With a hand going into the cage like that he might be just as uncomfortable and stressed out; add in the option that you are likely near his 'bonded mate' aka the mirror... I'd reccomend maybe getting him a new cage?

This one is by no means tiny but if you are going to throw his entire world upside down and try to retrain him I'd reccomend doing it in a new atmosphere and changing up EVERYTHING he knows. Your pretty bird has been doing the same routine for the last 15 years, and birds LIKE routine. Change it and they are confused and uncoordinated and you can take advantage of this just a little.

https://www.amazon.com/Prevue-Produc...ords=Birdcages
I have this cage... and it would just about double his current space, and allow for several perches and such. However... if you feel like you should keep his current cage, move it into a new area in the room; and while he is on one of those runs around the room flying try putting in new perches a few lower than just those on top, and adding more toys. Take out the mirror and that should change his routine enough that you can start getting him back on track.

4.) Food
Seeds are one thing for parrots like a Princess, candy.
They are originally from Austrailia and like most birds from the continent they eat a variety of different things. Ranging from seed to insects and fruit... even human crops! So just like their wild counterparts they need a slightly more varied diet. USE the diet change to get him to come around for you... start offering him treats like apple slices, bits of egg and in general carefully introduce him to a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Non-toxic for birds list and a list of things that are toxic for birds.
I'd also try and get him acclimated to either pellets... or cut down slightly on his seed as his base diet and try him on nutriberries. Heck I know some birds that are ONLY fed fresh foods daily, and eating with the 'flock' aka YOU is a wonderful bonding tool!

5.) Add together..
All of these things are steps that can be used to not only get your parrot to be more active and dependant on you; but to also enrich his life a little more and make sure he stays with you for another 15 years healthy and happy without any problems with his health!

So far it looks like you've done a pretty good job taking care of him! And that is great; but sometimes a little change can be just as wonderful!
Mhmm, I definitely want to make him happier, and more interactive, this type of bird usually sings, but our Sally doesn't, I'm afraid he's unhappy

So what I take from what you said is:

1) Take his mirror out of his cage so he'll stop being protective of his mate, and so he might interact more with humans

2) Try giving him new toys and places to sit on

3) Give him a bigger cage

4) Give him more types of food

?

What I'm going to do is take the mirror out of his mirror, I'll try hanging an apple slice in there to see if he likes it, if he does I can use those as a treat while click-training him!
I can't get him a new cage because of living-space-size issues, can't move his cage into a new place as well because of that, but were moving houses in about 3-4 months so I guess he'll have that..

Would all this be fine for now? or did I miss something..?
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Re: 15 Year old aggressive princess parrot

I would recommend using a pine nut piece for trats because it's easy for a parrot to eat quickly and move onto more training without stopping for long. The pine nut it's soft and easy to make tiny pieces but an apple could take a long time to eat and goes brown easily. Just a suggestion! Definitely put an apple piece in there just because of variety sake though. I'm so happy you want to make this little guy happier...with this attitude I don't doubt you'll succeed
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Re: 15 Year old aggressive princess parrot

Ideas are ideas!
you do what you can via your space and otherwise!
I think honestly that just by adding a few more perches in there and toys in place of the mirror you'll change his world up enough, because as you said... he spends 90% of the time outside of his cage or having the option to do so.

Ideas are ideas, not something you have to do!
Those are just things that were suggested to me when I got the hahns macaw, and use now for my current flock.
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Re: 15 Year old aggressive princess parrot

My Cockatiel Lucky has a similar attitude towards touching. He will step up on my hand/fingers, will sit on my shoulder. He does not allow touching.
I feel that I have a certain empathy with my flock. I get the feeling that my touching him gets him dirty. "I am not worthy " to touch him, beneath his dignity.
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Re: 15 Year old aggressive princess parrot

I definitely cosign with jugoya's suggestions, especially those regarding diet and perches. The cage can wait until you move, especially since there is an open door policy for him 90% of the time.

Diet, however, I'd suggest you start changing soon. The change should be gradual, but you want seeds to eventually become treat items rather than the main staple of his diet.

I'm glad to see that my initial impression that he was a cage-bound bird was wrong. And this helps quite a bit. If you get 2 training perches and work with him in a separate room from his cage, he'll likely be far more amenable to any training you attempt than he would be otherwise. In relatively unfamiliar surroundings and out of sight of his home base, he'll feel a bit more dependent on you. And he also won't be in his PROTECT THE HOME state of mind.

For now, I'd say keep most of the focus on target training. The better you guys learn to communicate, the better the dynamic will be between you.
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Thanks for the help everyone! posting some progress!



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Re: 15 Year old aggressive princess parrot

yay good to see some progress!

Met a couple baby ones of this guy back in June and they were very cheeky
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