How do I go about socialising albie with new people?

Stitchthestitch

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Albie - Pineapple Green Cheek Conure - Hatch date 14 Dec 2019 - Gotcha date - 4 March 2020
Being in lock down, albie has no interactions with new people other than over zoom, prior to lock down he met my mum a couple times and 1 awful weekend with my mother in law (don't get me wrong I do actually love her to pieces, she's the most kind loving generous woman I have the pleasure to call family) she would not leave him be. Every 5 minutes in that awful high pitched baby voice was "albie, albie, look at me albie" frankly it was annoying me let alone albie and he certainly let me know his displeasure for a few days after.

Now that a good amount of my friends know I've got albie every one wants to meet him. So. How do I go about socialising albie and making sure he's happy and comfortable meeting new people once lock down is lifted? I don't need him to immediately fall in love with every one he meets that is simply unrealistic. But I do need him to tolerate people

Seriously, I've a list of about 30 people wanting to visit him!! I don't want to overwhelm him or distress him.

Any rules that I should set on place now? In preparation?

please ae note, I am not bothered if he doesn't want to be social with any one but me and hubby I just don't want him taking a chunk out of someone's finger and the fling him across the room out of a knee jerk reaction. That's my biggest worry and fear (not the human being hurt but my baby albie being hurt, disabled or even killed)
 

SailBoat

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Prior to this monstrous virus we would have our Amazon on near everyone that showed up at the front door.

The most important thing is to respect the wants of your Parrot. As you are aware, it is not unusual for Parrot to lean forward if they want to step on to a surface or person's arm. If you have not noticed this, start working with your Parrot on determining if this or that surface /place is of interest to them. Once you have worked a bit with your Parrot, you will clearly see this response.

With most people, your Parrot will provide a neutral or leaning forward position. If you are seeing this, let your Parrot step on their arm. If you see your Parrot lean hard away that is a clean sign of no, not that person...

So, in this period of social distancing, it becomes more of a challenge. Video chat is a good tool to use to allow your Parrot to connect with an every increasing number of people. Not as effective as face to beak, but at least contact.

Enjoy

At some point in the future when life returns to normal and friends and family are close, consider playing pass the birdie...
 
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Stitchthestitch

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Albie - Pineapple Green Cheek Conure - Hatch date 14 Dec 2019 - Gotcha date - 4 March 2020
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Thank you for your advice. We are already aware of his body language between ourselves at home some days he definitely wants hubby and won't go near me and other days he wants me only and then other days he couldn't care less who he's with, and we don't push him if he wants a particular person.

Im guessing treats will help a great deal in socialising and playing pass the birdie?
 

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