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Old 12-19-2011, 04:51 PM
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new eclectus with aggression issues

I purchased and 11 month old eclectus 2 weeks ago. The breeder told me is was very sweet and he seemed to be at the bird show. The ride home scared him because my jeep is loud. After about 4 days I let him out of the cage. He has never bitten me but he does bluff. He will even put his beak on me but wont bite down. He stays out of the cage most of the day because I work from home. He is protective over his food even when I bring him more. He seems to be afraid because he shakes when I pick him up but he will always step up on my finger. I am able to touch his back but he watches me closely. I read that if you put a towl over their head so they can't see and hold them they will not stress and will learn that you don't intend to harm them. Does any one have any advice? I don't want to make him worse.
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Old 12-19-2011, 06:56 PM
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Re: new eclectus with aggression issues

All new birds need to learn that they can trust you, and you just need to take it slow. Have all of the positive interaction that you can with this bird. He will eventually associate you with good things. I know you want your little friend to like you right away, but this is a big adjustment for him so just take it slow.
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Old 12-19-2011, 08:08 PM
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Re: new eclectus with aggression issues

YEAH, DON'T PUT A TOWEL OVER THE BIRDS HEAD!! I don't know where you heard that, but it's wrong. (This might work for horses, but not birds). It doesn't sound like you have a lot of bird experience. If not then I would recommend that you do quite a few searches on Eclectus Parrot. I would also suggest that if you haven't done it yet, TAKE YOUR NEW BIRD TO AN AVIAN VET. I know in the US, most states have laws when you buy a new animal that you have like 72 hours from the time of acceptance of the animal to have it checked by a qualified vet.

If the birds wings aren't clipped, I would highly suggest having them clipped until you have formed a bond with him. He will have to rely on you more when his wings are clipped and will be a bit easier to deal with. When you have his wings clipped, by a qualified person, they will usually use a towel. Most birds can get over heated quite easily when wrapped in a towel for any length of time. This has to be monitored. It's also very stressful to the bird. But once they are done and let him loose, he will mostlikely seek you out for comfort and protection. This helps form a strong bond.

But the main key here is SLOW, SLOW, SLOW. Let him get used to you. All new birds even hand raised tame birds will bite at times, usually out of fear more than anything else. But you have got to give him time to get used to you, which could take weeks.
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Re: new eclectus with aggression issues

Oh, I forgot to mention, most Eclectus parrots from the research that I have done don't like to be touched or snuggled unlike some other species. Even though mine was hand raised, he still isn't what I would call a snuggle bug. He allows me to touch his head, under his wings, his back and his belly. But he is still very uncertain of this and will watch me closely. You'll know when you are doing or about to do something he doesn't like because he will growl at you like a dog.
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Re: new eclectus with aggression issues

thanks for the help.
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Old 12-20-2011, 06:41 PM
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Re: new eclectus with aggression issues

I agree with mike on the snuggling thing. My ekky isnt a snuggle bug either. She watches my every move when I pet her. She will sit with me for hours, and just hang but doesn't really like to snuggle. It took my Ekky roughly about 6 months to completely trust my husband and I and she was completely unhandled when we got her, and she was already an adult when we rescued her.
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Old 12-20-2011, 06:59 PM
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Re: new eclectus with aggression issues

Mine snuggles with me!!!!
Just repeat the exercise by getting him out to be with you 3+ times per day at 45min+ each time. When I say be with you does not mean on playstand, has to be right on you! Do this exercise every day until he learns to step up and trust you. You must repeat the training over and over while you have him out. Praise him and call him by his name when he's doing good. I find ekkies to be easily trained unless I just got lucky with my pair after only 5 days of training. But it took a couple month for him to come out of his shell from being a closet talker to a babble talker that keeps on...lol...
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Re: new eclectus with aggression issues

i don't believe in using towels either the vet done this to mylah and freaked her out, mylah is very cuddly towards my husband but not me, it will just take time and you need to let him settle in and build the trust up, i'm not sure weather you know or not make sure you don't make fast movements towards him, mylah wasn't a hand raised baby so it took around 6 months or so for her to settle
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Re: new eclectus with aggression issues

About the towel thing...I used it last night and I put a towel over my Eclectus, fairly calm under a towel believe it or not. BUT the only reasoning I was using a towel was because I had to get to the back claws to clip, front was easy without a towel...
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Re: new eclectus with aggression issues

we must be so lucky with mylah she thinks getting toenails filed is a game lol
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