how long will it take my parrot to trust me?

1Pxris

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hello. i am owner of indian ringneck and its my first parrot , been doing alot of researches on birds before getting him and after getting him but theres one question what stays unanswered. how long will it take for my parrot to trust me if it was alone in pet store since birth (he’s currently 1 year old and i got him when he was 10 months old) i made a bit of progress since getting him like him eating millet from my hand but he also freaks out and is really scared of my hands or getting close to me. he is a cage free bird and goes into cage to eat or sleep yet hes also scared of cage and of me locking him in. i socialise with him daily and give him most of my attention. i really dont know from where to start to gain his trust since socialising and pushing him to interact with me doesnt work.
 

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Free as a bird

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hello. i am owner of indian ringneck and its my first parrot , been doing alot of researches on birds before getting him and after getting him but theres one question what stays unanswered. how long will it take for my parrot to trust me if it was alone in pet store since birth (he’s currently 1 year old and i got him when he was 10 months old) i made a bit of progress since getting him like him eating millet from my hand but he also freaks out and is really scared of my hands or getting close to me. he is a cage free bird and goes into cage to eat or sleep yet hes also scared of cage and of me locking him in. i socialise with him daily and give him most of my attention. i really dont know from where to start to gain his trust since socialising and pushing him to interact with me doesnt work.
It's not easy to tame a bird that was not hand raised. Sometimes it's not possible. You will have to take it slow and go at the birds pace.
First thing I would try to do is have it eating from your hand so that it recognises the hand that feeds it.
Talk to it a lot so it gets used to your voice.
Trim its wings so it has to rely on you more. You can always let them grow back.
Let him chill out on your shoulder while you do stuff like watching TV.
All the best
 

Inko-ai

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Taming a bird can take a lot of time and patience, but it's totally doable even if he wasn't hand-raised. Just take things really slowly, be sure to go at the bird's pace.
Feeding by hand is a great way to get him to associate you with good things.
You can just stand near the cage and talk to him.
You can also slowly put your hand near him. If he feels comfortable, slowly move it closer, if he leans away, slowly move back. Leave it there until he feels comfortable, then you can try moving it closer again.
The main thing is really just not to force things. Don't force him to be near you, don't try to grab at him or make him uncomfortable. Don't clip his wings, as that will just create a fear relationship rather than a true bond. The main goal is just to show him that you are the source of good things and you won't harm him.
 

Parrotguru

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As a proud parrot owner, I have always been fascinated by the unique and intelligent nature of these magnificent creatures. Every day, I am greeted by the vibrant colors and curious eyes of my beloved parrot, Picasso. But there was a time when I wondered, "Does Picasso really like me?"

I wanted to understand the inner thoughts and emotions of my feathered friend, and that's when I delved into the fascinating world of parrot behavior. I discovered that parrots have their own language, a way of expressing their trust, affection, and liking towards their human companions. It's a beautiful bond that develops over time, filled with subtle signs and gestures that speak volumes.
 
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