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Old 08-19-2010, 11:34 PM
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Rehoming alexandrine

Hi all I'm posting this thread here and in the Quaker forum as need as much advice as possiblev

ok so I have found an add for an alexandrine with cage
it's a 2yr old male ( maybe slightly older as his ring is very prominent )
originally hand raised
talks a little
owner had since baby

it states in the add that due to lack of 1-1 time he is no longer as willing to be held or touched
but it does appear he gets time out if his cage when owner is home

I'm interested in going to see him but am wondering what's the best way I can get a true idea of his ability to be handled etc
I'm imagining he will either be more aggressive or more responsive with me being a stranger
I would like to provide him with a loving home but I also don't wanna bite off more than i can chew so to speak

I was thinking of taking a clicker and treats to see how he responds to it as I have red alot that says this provides an easy starting bond with a rehomed bird

Also what questions do I need to ask the seller about him ???
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Old 08-20-2010, 10:20 PM
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Re: Rehoming alexandrine

Really disappointed that so many people view this post but no one is willing to give me a reply with any advice on the matter
I thought this was a parrot forum ???
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Old 08-20-2010, 11:14 PM
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Re: Rehoming alexandrine

Your correct, this is a forum, not an instant message chat-room, so don't always expect an instant response. Also, when we see a post like this, I'm sure many people like myself like to wait until they have a bit of spare time so they can give a well thought response (as apposed to just quickly sending what is on their mind at that second).

Anyway, down to business.

This bird sounds like a possibility, we all love to hear of people taking in birds that need re-homing, so good on you for considering it. Since he has had human interaction in the past, there is definitely potential for you to re-capture that. Some questions I would ask:

What was he like when he used to be handled more?
Is he aggressive in any way?
What is his health history like? Has he had any illness?
What is his diet like?

Going to visit the bird is a great idea. When you approach the cage for the first time, observe his body language - Is he pulling away from you or hissing at you? OR is he curious and interested in you? If he runs to the back corner of his cage, this does not necessarily mean he will make a poor companion, this just means that it may take some work. Although, if he rushes over to you and happily steps up, you can take this as a very good sign. I wouldn't pick him up unless he is willing, you don't want to make a bad impression. Perhaps ask the owner to handle the bird, so you can see what he is like outside the cage.

Offering him a treat is not a bad idea but taking a clicker will be pointless unless he has actually been conditioned to it.

Many people say that re-homed birds are a 'handful', but from the stories I have read, you don't have to deal with anymore problems than you would with a baby bird, just different ones - they make excellent companions

Hope some of this helps, good luck
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