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Old 04-02-2016, 03:24 PM
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Re: Help me please!! Taming.

Journeyman, I have a nagging suspicion you are trolling for controversy, in case you genuinely want to improve the lives of the birds already in your care you will need to put forth more effort than you have before now. Based on what you've said, my advice is to find someone willing to give the birds a better life.

When dealing with animals, anger will get you nowhere. If you really want to keep the birds and bond with them, try a more positive approach and for good measure add a bit of compassion for three creatures that have no choice but to depend on you for their very lives.

Here's a link with helpful tips on bonding.

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Old 04-02-2016, 04:16 PM
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Re: Help me please!! Taming.

I hope you're not just trolling here, in case you are, you won't get far . BUT, if you are honestly asking for advice I'll try to help here .

First of all, parent raised birds are so much harder to tame than a well socialized handfed bird. Birds in general as natural prey animals aren't as trusting as domesticated pet mammals, so there is that factor also. HOW tame you are expecting is another thing. I don't think that you should expect from those particular species being parent raised, any level of cuddliness. However, with CONSISTENT work at building trust with your birds you will in time have trusting companions who might at least be comfortable to sit with you and come to you willingly, even if they might not be touchable. Maybe this will take more time than you're willing to put in? It "can" in some cases take many months to years. Maybe less depending on the individuals and how comfortable you and the environment make them feel. Are you giving off more of an aggressive manly man vibe to them? Really I'm being serious.. Birds tend to respond more positively to calm, gentle, non-confrontational behavior from predatory species (such as humans). I know for myself I tend to get high strung, but around the birds I try to be slower and calm myself. They're good at picking up vibes. Good luck!
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Old 04-02-2016, 05:27 PM
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Re: Help me please!! Taming.

Birds are a lot of work. A lot more work than reading a stupid book. Although you say your cages are large enough, if your birds have not left the cages in five years, I am quite certain that the cages are not large enough for this lifestyle.

When you surrender your birds, come back onto this forum. There are many people who take in rescues. Alternatively, there are likely bird rescues in your area.
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Re: Help me please!! Taming.

I have 3 keets and 3 tiels. I ve had them for over a year and I work with them every day. They arent very touchable but they will all perch on me, preen my hair and eat out of my hand.

Actually one tiel is a baby ive had from hatching, parent raised but handled daily from 2 weeks. When it fledged it became untouchable. Its starting to warm up to me again.
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Re: Help me please!! Taming.

If you are serious about these birds please work on getting yourself to the right place before you start. Birds are highly intelligent and can tell your mood before you even realise what it is.

Anger and frustration = bites!
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Old 04-03-2016, 04:33 AM
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Re: Help me please!! Taming.

Quote: Originally Posted by Allee View Post
Journeyman, I have a nagging suspicion you are trolling for controversy, in case you genuinely want to improve the lives of the birds already in your care you will need to put forth more effort than you have before now. Based on what you've said, my advice is to find someone willing to give the birds a better life.

When dealing with animals, anger will get you nowhere. If you really want to keep the birds and bond with them, try a more positive approach and for good measure add a bit of compassion for three creatures that have no choice but to depend on you for their very lives.

Here's a link with helpful tips on bonding.

Tips for Bonding and Building Trust
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I hope you're not just trolling here, in case you are, you won't get far . BUT, if you are honestly asking for advice I'll try to help here .

First of all, parent raised birds are so much harder to tame than a well socialized handfed bird. Birds in general as natural prey animals aren't as trusting as domesticated pet mammals, so there is that factor also. HOW tame you are expecting is another thing. I don't think that you should expect from those particular species being parent raised, any level of cuddliness. However, with CONSISTENT work at building trust with your birds you will in time have trusting companions who might at least be comfortable to sit with you and come to you willingly, even if they might not be touchable. Maybe this will take more time than you're willing to put in? It "can" in some cases take many months to years. Maybe less depending on the individuals and how comfortable you and the environment make them feel. Are you giving off more of an aggressive manly man vibe to them? Really I'm being serious.. Birds tend to respond more positively to calm, gentle, non-confrontational behavior from predatory species (such as humans). I know for myself I tend to get high strung, but around the birds I try to be slower and calm myself. They're good at picking up vibes. Good luck!
O god im not trolling. My birds are free inside house, cages are almost always open, they get in/out whenever they want.
I cant afford to be 24/7 in front of their cages cuz i got school work to do and parrots arent my #1 priority in life.
Im not showing them aggressive manly man vibe, im calm when im around them.
Right after this post im gonna try to make some progress with them.
Maybe my posts looks like trolling because my english isnt good? im from Eu

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Re: Help me please!! Taming.

OK, you do not need to be around them 24/7 just make the time you are with them count, positive!

Do the reading supplied here and work slow. Talk to them nice, offer a treat, get them to trust you. It will take a fair while after leaving them to their own devices for some years.
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Re: Help me please!! Taming.

I'm brand new to parrots and can't offer advice on actual taming, but I can tell you I've been reading everything I can find about them. Seems like everything I've come across indicates that time spent with these birds is very important, and that even being within sight makes a real difference. I'd definitely try to get set up so that the cages are in your usual space at home. That may mean doing school work in the living room instead of the bedroom or whatever your situation may be.

It does sound like you care enough to put in some effort to accommodate your birds, which sounds great to me. There are plenty of people successfully keeping birds while working full time, so don't feel pressured into thinking they need to have you on top of them 24/7 to make a difference.
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Old 04-03-2016, 10:07 AM
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Re: Help me please!! Taming.

Spent 2hrs with them today. 0% success with rosella, she is wild, doesnt bite but just run away. Budgie is friendly, i made a little progress with him yay. Cockatiel is same as rosella.
Didnt talk to them tho.
Do i really need to talk to them?

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I'd definitely try to get set up so that the cages are in your usual space at home.
Cant place them anywhere else but on hallway.
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Re: Help me please!! Taming.

Yes talk to them. Talk to yourself. Talk calmly and quietly.
Turn a radio on and jam out. Watch tv with them.
Involve them in LIFE. They're flock birds. They want to be part of your flock.
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