cant get near our bird

by christie

we have been given a golden manlted rossella, every time we open the cage door he flys away, his is very timid. I want some help as to how to go about handling him. Also when we open the cage door and it has been left for a good few hours he wont come out of his cage. He seem happy enough singing away and is eating fine he has plenty of toys in his large cage. When he arrived with us he was in a very small cage and we got him a bigger one. It is a fare size cage but i would like him to come out
Thanks Christie

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May 22, 2010
cant get near our bird
by: Linda

This bird was neglected to the point of reverting to his wild behaviors. He is deathly afraid of you, and here are some things you can do to help him and your family.

One make an appointment with an Avian Vet as soon as you can get one and have him thoroughly examined for infections of all kinds. A neglected bird can be carrying multiple infections from not being taken care of properly. While at the vet have them clip his 6 Primary Flight Feathers at the bottom of the wings. Do not allow them to cut up any higher, just those six will keep him from flying off and will allow him to glide to a safe stop on the floor. Have vet do a throat swab as only testing the fecal material is not accurate as there will ALWAYS be some bacteria in the anal area. Have some bloodwork done to see state of his organs and the CBC will show up most infections.

Once he has a clean bill of health avail yourselves of some of the training materials on this site. You are starting from scratch with this bird, so DO NOT BE IN A BIG HURRY as you will need to move at the speed he dictates. Always keep in mind he is deathly afraid of you which also indicates possible abuse somewhere along the line. He is to be pitied, and precautions need to be taken to keep him from flying all over in a panic and hurting himself. Have vet clip the 6 long feathers at the end or bottom of each wing to keep this from happening.

A high quality diet of organic pellets is a MUST, and I recommend the High Potency pellets Harrisons makes, and Tracie carries out here. BEFORE MAKING ANY CHANGES, HAVE HIM SEEN BY AN AVIAN VET because a sick bird does not need the additional stress of diet changes or any other changes until well enough to do so. Here is a link about how to go about the change, and it was written by an Avian Vet:

Switching Birds to Pellets article.

Thank You for taking him in as this may be the first home he's seen where anyone cares about him. Bird neglect and abuse has become an epidemic in this country because even ignorant people can afford a bird, and they are not told anything about them at time of purchase. It is up to everyone everywhere to educate themselves BEFORE buying a bird because they are exotic wild animals and have to be understood as such or one is defeated before even beginning. They are highly intelligent, sensitive and have roughly the emotional/mental development of a 4-5 year old human child. How people can hurt or neglect a being so precious is beyond me, and it happens all the time.

Many Blessings to you all for bringing him into your family. He will become a wonderful friend in a while, so do not give up and keep your commitment to him strong.


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