Kylie and Kiwi

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Hi, I bought a new 5 month old ringneck parrot and she was very scared when we got her. I bought her from a pet shop who told me that she did not have human contact and thus might be afraid but he said she was semi-tame. I think she was in a poor condition in regards to cage space and experience, and the guy handling her roughly did not help her fear.
However, one week in she is eating, drinking and even making sounds and even though she seems comfortable with me close to the cage without showing her my hands, at the small motion of my hand, which is not even directed towards her, she kind of flinches and moves away. People told me she is still young to be tamed so there is a chance to be bonded with me but some people say that ringnecks have a natural phobia of human hands?
Do you think she is old enough to be untame and not bond with me?
Thanks in advance
 

Methughous

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No no she is just not used to it yet, keep trying she will come to you eventually. She will lower her walls soon 😅 once she get more familiar with her environment and home and people around her.
 

DonnaBudgie

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No no she is just not used to it yet, keep trying she will come to you eventually. She will lower her walls soon 😅 once she get more familiar with her environment and home and people around her.
This isn't specific to IRN but I think most birds have an innate fear of human hands unless they are hand fed and handled a lot. Not all hand feeders actually handle their babies a lot- they don't hold them during syringe feedings. However, even the most handled hand fed babies can still show a dislike of hands. I hand raised my budgie Rocky, from hatching, held her while feeding, and cuddled and played with her a lot and she still doesn't like hands. It's not due to fear because Rocky is not afraid of anything, but she hates our hands and tries to bite them when we get into her personal space. But I have another hand raised budgie who never bites our hands.
 

4 way borbs

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my birds HATE HATE HATE hands and quakers are pretty close to parakeets so maybe just let her know that the scary thing is not a threat
 

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Ringnechs are notorious for being tough to tame and keep tame. Take things very gradually and do it daily -- thats crucial with them. A tame ring neck is a joy to have and be with but it takes more effort then some species to get there.

Always proceed at your parrots rate of progress and not your rate of expectations. You'll get there!
 

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