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Old 10-06-2010, 10:15 PM
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Trust building exercises?

What are some tips for basic trust building with a new bird?

I am now the mama of a very scared, very unsocialized 6-month old Green-cheeked conure, and I worry that I'll do something to make things worse. My idea is to just be around, talk to the bird (no idea yet on the sex) and let it get used to me before I start trying to pick it up...or should I put my hands in the cage and let it get used to me?

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Old 10-06-2010, 10:26 PM
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Re: Trust building exercises?

Lady,

Just remember the most important thing. Parrots live a long time, so there's really no hurry. Patience is key.

Parrots are social, flock animals. So if you don't force the issue...he will begin to come to you, when he is ready for it. He really doesn't have a choice...it's in his DNA. Just be firm but gentle, kind, and always reward him for good behaviors, and you can't go wrong.
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Old 10-07-2010, 07:15 AM
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Re: Trust building exercises?

Thanks for the reply. It's good to remember that in the span of 20-30 years, a few weeks (or a few months) is only a drop in the bucket.

I couldn't find "Parrots for Dummies" at either pet store yesterday so I'll stop by some book shops and if it's not there, just order it online.

My thumb is smarting this morning from where s/he bit me. That pet shop lady did me NO favors, catching the poor thing with a net, then chasing it all around the store. This morning the bird was staring at me from my side of the bars and let me talk softly but when I got about 4-5 feet away it made its way back to its far corner.

I've got my work cut out for me.
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Re: Trust building exercises?

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My idea is to just be around, talk to the bird (no idea yet on the sex) and let it get used to me before I start trying to pick it up...or should I put my hands in the cage and let it get used to me?

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Make a routine of sitting by the cage and talk to him softly in a loving manner. You can even read a book to him. Let him settle in for at least a week before you try and handle him. You can offer him treats through the cage, he will eventually take it from you.

Here are some good threads that will help a lot:

Taming Your Bird
Bond forming
Parrots Bill of Rights
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Old 10-07-2010, 10:42 AM
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Re: Trust building exercises?

Thank you for the links Wildheart, they were really helpful in alleviating some concerns I had (apparently I'm doing alright with my setup and actions so far). For now I just want him to get used to his new digs and the goings-on in my small household (apartment). My little mutt is kind of interested but not too much so, and I don't let her get close to the cage anyway.

This afternoon I'm going to go buy a separate bowl for crackers, fruits and vegetables and place it in there to see what the bird is most into. I don't want to touch the bird, just see what kinds of things it likes to eat so I can figure out what will most entice it to come to me when I get to that point. Slices of strawberries, apple (sans any seeds as I've heard those are poisonous), a few grapes, maybe some peanuts and a cracker. Hopefully doing so won't scare the poor dear too much. I'm also trying to figure out what kind of feed I should use - I grabbed a bag of what they were using at the pet store as I didn't want any drastic variations over what it normally gets, but have heard pellets would be more nutritious so am seeking ideas on good brands for conures.

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Old 10-07-2010, 12:14 PM
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Re: Trust building exercises?

Congrats on your new baby! He will come around in no time as long as you are patient I feed my green cheek a bean supreme mix every morning that I throw fresh veggies in. He has pellets at all times along with a quality seed mix... In the evenings he gets birdie bread with fresh fruit or a fruit and nut mix if I have ran out of fresh fruits can't wait to see a picture of him
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Old 10-07-2010, 02:20 PM
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Thanks for the info Jodi! And I can't wait to photograph him - I'm going to try this afternoon as I have a Nikon with a telephoto lens, the only way I'll likely get up-close and personal pictures of him for the time being. I need to go shopping for a good pellet food mix; the place where I got him was only feeding him seeds and water, so I'm pretty sure some supplementation is necessary although I'm not sure just how much.

Oh, and I named him/her Mishka. Should work for whatever sex s/he ends up being!!
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Old 10-07-2010, 03:24 PM
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Re: Trust building exercises?

Mishka! what a great name! easy to say and youre right, either gender it fits! They probably didnt have him on the best seed diet, at least the pet stores around my area usually do not. I'm sure someone here can let you know if/how much for the supplementation...I have to sneak up to Panini with my camera because he is a complete ham and usually ends up on my nikon which the hubby is never thrilled to see! I'll check back later in hopes you lucked out with some pictures!
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So this afternoon I've just been hanging out by the cage, reading the conure book I have and talking to Mishka, and it seems to be working! S/he was skittish at first but after a while (especially when I laid down below - ah heck I need to just pick a gender! - her level) she started doing her thing. Eyes always on me no matter where she was, or what orientation (she likes being upside down it seems ).

I took pictures but will have to wait a while to upload them as I let the Dude's family borrow my laptop with the Nikon software on it. Right now she seems to be either confused or excited by the late afternoon sun streaming in through the nearby back door - she was going crazy for a bit there, bouncing around from one perch to another, rubbing her face on the various wood surfaces.

I ordered "Parrots for Dummies" today, it should get here sometime in the nextfew days so I can start learning what a lot of this behavior means! Right now she's just staring at me, comfortably perched on the thicker "branch" with her back kissed by the sun, happily grinding her beak.

Yeah. I think I could love this odd little creature.
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Re: Trust building exercises?

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