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Old 06-21-2018, 10:40 PM
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Re: Ducorp's Cockatoo Fearful Behavior

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Great advice given from Chris...got a question for you, just out of curiosity...you said you got Willow very young and he used to be very cuddly and love being petted, etc. I'm just curious if something happened to Willow around the time that he just stopped liking physical contact? Or was he not given much attention for a time? Sometimes understanding the reason why the bird is afraid of hands, physical contact, etc. can help you fix the issue as well. It's one thing if the bird has never been tame, stepped-up, allowed being touched, etc., but most of the time when a bird just stops allowing all physical contact, there is a reason...and sometimes not...
I believe it could be due to a lack of attention. A few years ago my life became very busy, and our time together was cut down. However, I have considered this a few months back and have focused on trying to devote as much time as I can with Willow. I now try to spend at least 1 hour a day sitting near his cage and goofing around with him, which has been helping a lot. He used to not want to leave his cage, and would quiver whenever I approached. Now, he's comfortable enough to come out of the cage and sit near me, and even climb down to approach me (although whenever I turn around he immediately runs back).
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Re: Ducorp's Cockatoo Fearful Behavior

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Great advice given from Chris...got a question for you, just out of curiosity...you said you got Willow very young and he used to be very cuddly and love being petted, etc. I'm just curious if something happened to Willow around the time that he just stopped liking physical contact? Or was he not given much attention for a time? Sometimes understanding the reason why the bird is afraid of hands, physical contact, etc. can help you fix the issue as well. It's one thing if the bird has never been tame, stepped-up, allowed being touched, etc., but most of the time when a bird just stops allowing all physical contact, there is a reason...and sometimes not...
I believe it could be due to a lack of attention. A few years ago my life became very busy, and our time together was cut down. However, I have considered this a few months back and have focused on trying to devote as much time as I can with Willow. I now try to spend at least 1 hour a day sitting near his cage and goofing around with him, which has been helping a lot. He used to not want to leave his cage, and would quiver whenever I approached. Now, he's comfortable enough to come out of the cage and sit near me, and even climb down to approach me (although whenever I turn around he immediately runs back).
Yep, that's most-likely it then...I know life is busy, but think about it this way:

Willow has the equivalent intelligence to a 4 year old human toddler. So he needs as much out-of-cage time as possible every day, as much human-interaction as possible every single day, and when he's inside his cage you must be certain that he has tons of not only different toys (rotated at least once a month to prevent boredom and to change-out chewed-up and destroyed toys), but also enrichment activities, such as things to simply chew on and foraging activities that make him think/work...

It's a good rule of thumb that any species of parrot needs at the very least 4-5 hours every day of out-of-cage time to keep from becoming bored, frustrated, angry, depressed, and from losing their bond to humans, or "their human". So if only an hour a day is actually helping, please, do your best to give him more attention every single day.

****And please remember, this does not have to be DIRECT attention or interaction with you, but simply whenever you're at home, let Willow out of his cage and in the SAME ROOM as you, regardless of what you're doing...If he doesn't already have one, please buy him (Craigslist is great for these) or cheaply build him a couple of T-Stands or Play-Stands, at the least one T-Stand that can be moved between rooms easily, and that you can hang some toys for him to work on/play with and some things for him to climb on off-of...So if you're working on the computer/surfing the net, get Willow's stand, get him up on top of it, and move him into the room you'll be in on it. Same thing whenever you're watching TV or a movie, reading a book, playing a video game, etc., get him on his T-Stand and move him into the room that you're going to be in. A really good one is when you're cooking dinner, parrots absolutely love to just be sitting in the kitchen with their people, talking to them while they make dinner, and also while they eat dinner...Eating YOUR DINNER with Willow is an excellent bonding activity, and after you finish give Willow a little of your dinner (bird-safe food of course). This could be a nice little treat that he'll look forward to every night. At nighttime before his bedtime, allow Willow to sit with you doing whatever you do...you don't have to be directly interacting with him during these times...It's a proven fact that parrots are much more likely to happily enjoy entertaining themselves in a healthy way if they are simply in the same room as their people are in...Which is exactly the reason that your parrot's main-cage should always be located in the "main room" of the house, where the "action" in the house is, or rather where the people in the house spend most of their time when they're home; usually this room is a living room, family room, den, etc. where the people who live in the house all congregate when they are home to watch tv/movies, to read books, play video games or board games, or just sit and talk...A lot of people buy a parrot and immediately put their main-cage in a spare bedroom, office, laundry room, down in a finished basement, etc., thinking that this will be the "Bird's Room", which can work well IF you have more than one bird for them to interact with all day and night, or if you make a strict habit of bringing your bird out of the "Bird Room" as soon as you arrive home every day...but most people don't do this, they just think that their bird is happily playing and entertaining themselves in "their own room", when the fact of the matter is that they don't want their own room, and simply just the act of having a bird's main-cage in a room away from where the people of the house spend their time, and making a situation where your bird can hear that people are at home and in the house, yet they are back in another room, alone and not being included in "the action", can not only cause the bird distress, frustration, anger, loneliness, etc., but it can also create a "mean" bird, which isn't actually a "mean" bird, it's a bird that feels like he's being left-out of his family...
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