Aggressive, temperamental, nervous mustache parakeet

by Kat
(US)

I have adopted a 7 year old mustache parakeet. His previous owners just kept him in the cage and never let him out. He was more decoration for them instead of a pet. Since he has never really been handled by humans he is very aggressive, temperamental, and nervous. I try to handle him everyday but he just seems too resistant to it. I was wondering if there are any tips or is he too far gone and should i just let him be?

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Nov 16, 2011
Aggressive, temperamental, nervous mustache parakeet
by: Linda

Well, you are talking about a special needs bird who has been neglected and possibly abused before they "left him in his cage". When you adopted a special needs bird, you surely had to know some of what that was going to mean.

This bird does not like nor trust humans with plenty good reason. You have a long way to go here, and if you're giving up now, then there is no hope for this poor miserable parrot, and make no mistake about it, he is miserable and has been for many years.

The first thing I highly recommend is to have him examined by an Avian Vet in your driving area. This means if you have to drive for an hour there and back, then be willing to do so. Have the Avian Vet check him for infections and do basic blood work to see how his organs are functioning. Do NO training until this has been done because if he is sick, trying to handle him is stressing him to the point of having a heart attack.

Put yourself in this bird's place, see the world through his eyes, try and feel the loneliness and fear he feels and you may just catch a glimpse of how miserable, sick and abandoned he might feel.

Take him to the avian vet and have him thoroughly examined. Start changing his diet from seeds to a high quality pelleted diet like Harrison's or one of the other organics found here. Below is a link to article written by Avian Vet on how to go about this change as it takes time and a commitment to your bird's highest and best good.

Switching Birds To Pellets article

Do not starve your bird to get him to eat the pellets, just follow the instructions found in article and begin to get this bird on the right track. Commitment to his health and well-being is a must here. It does not matter if he appears to like you or not. Work with him, get him medical help and start trying to feed him properly. All the rest will fall into place. He may never be what you consider an "ideal" pet, and he WILL benefit from a human finally caring about him, so continue to love him and care for him as he needs to see a good human for once in his life.

Linda

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