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Old 01-13-2019, 06:28 PM
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Hi! I have one of the cutest parakeets I have ever seen. His name is Bob. He used to be my grandma's but she no longer could keep him because the cat knocked down the cage and she was worried he may get hurt. Bob loves to sing and hop from one perch to the next. The only issue I have with him is that he and I have never bonded. I have had him for about a year now. His cage is inside my room and I'm the one who takes care of him (giving him food (such as seeds, vegetables,and fruits) I clean his cage and much more). I talk to him for hours a day because I work at home. Yet I haven't been able to bound with him. He is very used to my hand inside and near the cage and is very familiar of my daily routine but he just seems to not like me back. I have tried to put my hand close to him and he backs up or trys to nip at it so I slowly talk to him and when he still doesn't like it I pull it out calmly. I have also tried to hand feed him many times but he refused to take it. I have never pushed him to do something he didn't seem he wanted to do. I have taken him to three different vets (that specializ in birds)to see if he was sick or in pain as he is an older bird but they always tell me he is in perfect health. I love him heaps and I try to provide him the best life I can. He has a decent size cage where he can fly around and I talk to him endlessly but he still doesn't like to bond with me. Do you know anything I can do that would help us. I would never think of giving him away or making him scared so those are out of the question. Thanks for your time and answers.
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Old 01-13-2019, 06:34 PM
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Re: My good ol bird Bob who wants nothing to do with me...

How long have you had him? My re-homed Umbrella Cockatoo took three very indulgent months before she would step up (and two before I would confidently pet her head) -this was a bird who already knew how.
Your bird is also overcoming a past bond...whatever time you think it will take, multiply that my 10 (assuming your plan is based on days....)
Also, do not be the initiator. Do things nearby and let the bird come to you. Talk near it and read etc, but don't spend all of your time looking at it etc--this alone can be intimidating.
Once you can get your bird to talk with you and approach etc, consider feeding it though the bars and progress from there, but do leave the door open so that the bird may come and go as it pleases (assuming you have the means to do so).
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Thank you for replying. I have had Bob for a year and have been hoping to bond with him for 11 months. Letting him come to me sounds like a great idea and will definitely try that. And I will try feeding him through the cage. He always has fresh seeds and food everyday and most of the time has no interest in treats but sometimes he does so I will try that to.
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Old 01-13-2019, 06:52 PM
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Re: My good ol bird Bob who wants nothing to do with me...

Look into a pelleted diet mixed with healthy seeds if he is a seed addict...No peanuts, corn or sunflower (seeds alone are not healthy, but birds will starve if diet is changed too quickly without buy-in). Before trying to get him to come to you specifically, try to find a treat he likes and work on just allowing him to see you placing it within the cage. Then, from there, see if he will take from your hand.
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Re: My good ol bird Bob who wants nothing to do with me...

I will look into other foods. Do you have any recommendations that are good foods for parakeets and still are very healthy for him?
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Re: My good ol bird Bob who wants nothing to do with me...

Try luring him to step up onto your finger with some spray millet. Almost every parakeet LOVES millet! Start by just holding onto the very end of the millet spray and letting him eat while gently talking to him, then slowly introduce him to being on or near your hands. As he progresses he should eventually be able to eat seeds directly from your hand. Make sure to never force him to do anything he doesn’t want to because you could potentially lose all his trust. If he is still reluctant to eat anything from your hand, try placing the millet just outside the cage and maybe he will be brave enough to venture out.

Budgies can be difficult to hand-tame because they tend to be very skittish when parent-raised (most of them are not hand-fed by the breeder). Did Bob ever come out of his cage and interact with his previous owner? Keep in mind that he is an older bird and if he isn’t used to human interaction, he may just be set in his ways. However most budgies (even hand-fed ones) will never really enjoy being touched/petted/cuddled like other parrots because it’s just the way they are. My albino budgie Pearl was hand-fed and she will land on me and sit on my hand/shoulder but she doesn’t like to be touched at all.

As for food, all parrots need a base of high-quality pellets and a variety of fresh vegetables daily. Once he’s converted to this diet, seeds should only be used as treats when gaining his trust. Some good pellet brands are Harrison’s (which is what I mainly feed my birds), Roudybush, TOPs, Lafebers, Tropican, and ZuPreem Natural. You can basically feed a parrot any veggie that you eat except for mushrooms, avocados, tomatoes, and onions. Some good veggies to feed parrots are romaine lettuce, kale, broccoli, arugula, Swiss chard, cilantro, water cress, cauliflower, bell peppers, hot chili peppers, carrots, cucumber, green beans, peas, corn, sweet potatoes, zucchini, squash, ect.
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Re: My good ol bird Bob who wants nothing to do with me...

He seems to not like millets but loves apples so I have to tried but thanks for the encouragement. I feel that in this year if he makes no progress that it means he doesn't want to do it and I will just let him be with just being happy in his own little world.
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Re: My good ol bird Bob who wants nothing to do with me...

I do have two mirrors in the cage would it be good for him if I were to take them out even though he loves to play with them?
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Re: My good ol bird Bob who wants nothing to do with me...

mirrors can be tough--you will find mixed opinions here. If it were me, I would remove them (but not if he sees you doing it)....some might say that I am wrong and that this could cause further aggression--it really depends .
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Re: My good ol bird Bob who wants nothing to do with me...

I think I will temporarily remove it and see if that helps and if not I will put them back in. I love him and I will see if this is the best for him.
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