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Old 09-15-2018, 06:54 AM
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So I have a parrotlet I got from a pet store, although I much prefer from breeders. She's one year old and I have had her for one month. I have her cage across from my 2 green cheek conures, and I've been trying to hand tame her at her own pace, but not making any real progress. I was hoping some of you could give me some help.
I've been talking, and whistling to her and every day I try to slowly bring in my hand with treats close to her and just hold the treat until she starts to get more comfortable being around. I only move it as close to her as she starts to first feel uncomfortable and then I stop and wait to try and get her used to hands. I bring her cage in the room im most in, and tried slowly moving it closer as time goes on, but she's still shy. She is settled in, and is much less skiddish then the beginning.

She obviously had bad experiences in the past with humans forcibly grabing her, and I don't blame her for feeling shy and withdrawn. After a month, she still wont eat from my hand, not even through the cage, although once she was about to but didn't.

Is there something I need to do differently to tame her? I'm being patient with her to go at her own pace, but she is making minimal progress.
I always give her as much love and healthy treats as the other birds which she eats once I walk away. Does she just need more time? or do I have to do something differently?
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Old 09-15-2018, 07:02 AM
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Re: not making much progress training

It sounds to me like you're doing all the right things. It may be that once she plucks up the courage to trust you and take that first bit of food out of your hand things will come more quickly. The key thing is that you stay consistent and it sounds like you are. I think she'll come round, she's just taking her time.
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Old 09-15-2018, 09:25 AM
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Re: not making much progress training

Hi 👋🏻

Do you know how long she was in that store? Was she in any other stores prior to that one? Was it just a pet store or a bird store? Sounds like she was in that pet store for a while. You never know if people weren't kind to her? I don't just mean the staff. Sometimes I see kids doing some pretty cruel stuff to animals in cages or behind glass etc... Hopefully, that is not the case here.


Here is a link I wish I knew about when I first got my Levi. Hope it helps. 🖤 Tips for Bonding and Building Trust

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Old 09-15-2018, 09:41 AM
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Re: not making much progress training

She was in that pet store for a couple months. I don't know the history before that. which is about 10 months of time unknown. The conditions of the pet store for birds would be what i'd consider abusive. As she had a small cage, no toys, small dish of clean water, and fed literally nothing except one type of seed. I know I shouldn't have given them any business. But we had a moment were she was starring into my soul and she was ready to get out of there.
When I got her home I opened up the travel cage against her bigger cage so she could make her own decision to go in, and I could tell her first thought was holy crap this cage is a mansion. She hopped in in about 3 minutes.
I've still never seen her take a bath. I was hoping she'd learn from watching my conures. Unless she bathes while I'm away at work.
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Re: not making much progress training

Whatís so sad about this is that for 10 months she was frightened and unloved.
So, my suggestion would be go very slow and like youíve already mentioned at her pace. Iím glad you took her home and got her out of there.
Iím sure eventually you will earn her trust & love. 💕

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Re: not making much progress training

You might consider moving her farther from your other birds (I don't know....could make things worse, but it is something to consider).
Also, one month is really not much time at all. My bird didn't let me touch her for a month and she didn't step up for 3...My bird already knew how to step up etc (when I got her) as I adopted her as a re-homed adult.
Have you looked into trust-building activities?

Do you let her enter and exit her cage at her own pace during the day?
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Old 09-15-2018, 03:27 PM
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Re: not making much progress training

I'll try more trust building activities.
I don't feel comfortable letting her out of the cage yet, I think she might hurt herself. I'd like to reach the step up stage before letting her out.
I tried one of the methods I read from the page posted here. And already I got her to eat from my hand through the cage. It was one small bite of millet, and as soon as she got it she jumped back, afraid of what I might do, but it's more progress then I've been getting. I'm very happy and excited.
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Re: not making much progress training

Hi, sounds to me you *are* doing great!

You have a bird, that is still settling in, interested in you.
That alone is *huge*.

I find it helps if the new bird can see how the other ons are doing things (and reacting to you)- they pick up cues faster than you can chance the waterdish.

Petshoptrauma/ stress/ whatever you will call it wil take some time to fade out, settling in usually takes some time too.

Some birds will feel safer interacting if they *can* get away from you, some birds will feel safe in a cage ... yours will let you know.


Keep a diary (or create one here) of all the tiny steps you two take together
(start with the meet & greet story) you will be surpised how many things actually happen for the first time ever ...that get commonplace after a few weeks and after a few months it may feel like nothing is happening, even if you already conquered so many small fears and other obstacles together.
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Re: not making much progress training

You are doing great glad you took a chance in her. My parakeets and rescue quaker did better out of the cage. I didn't make much progress with the keets till I get them out, then it was much easier. Everyone is an individual so do what's best for you and yours.
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