jardine parrot

by Claudia
(harlinge tx)

Alex the Jardine

Alex the Jardine

My husband recently (have had him for 2 days)bought me a jardine parrot. I have never owned a bird before but have always wanted a parrot. He was making noises when we got him like chirping. I tried to handle him and he bit me and since then he doesnt make any noises. We talk to him.

Today I let him roam around the house and he explored and walked around. Then I tried to handle him again. Again he bit me, I put him on a perch above his cage and he stayed put. After that my husband tried offering him a peanut and he jumped, and after that he was loose in the house but got under the table and wouldn't come out and stayed in the same spot for like an hour..

Finally got him in his cage got bitten again, but now he just sits on his perch and makes no noise. Is he sad. Should I be worried would appreciate any advice.

My husband was told he says 3 words and is about a year old...that's all we know about him.

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Dec 18, 2009
jardine parrot
by: Linda

Claudia, thanks for writing and congrats on your new friend. First of all, allow your bird to settle into your home for at least a week before doing any handling. Talk to him, feed and water him and clean his cage and let him get used to his new place.

I strongly suggest you take him to an Avian Vet to be cleared for infections before you begin any training. He also needs to be eating an organic, high quality pelleted diet. Tracie has several kinds out here, so you may wish to take a look. An all seed diet is lacking major nutrients, and peanuts are not good at all. It appears that peanuts scare him, and that is a good thing, leave it at that.Here is lunk to an article an Avian Vet wrote about changing from seeds to pellets: Switching Birds to Pellets article.

Once he has been given a clean bill of health or you have been given medicine to treat any infections/parasites, look at some of the training materials on this site. Also have the vet clip his Primary Flight feathers, and they are the long ones on the end or bottom of his wings. DO NOT CLIP ANY FURTHER UP THAN THAT AS THIS HURTS THE BIRDS. As long as he can fly, you will NOT be able to tame him and work with him. Your bird may stop biting on his own, and it may require a refresher course in taming. If the other owners left him alone in his cage a lot, then he has reverted back to the wild little soul he was born as, so it will take winning his trust before you can proceed. Trust is earned not freely given, so let him see you in a more non-threatening way before training begins. A trip to the Avian vet is a MUST DO to make sure he's not harboring infections. Moving to a new home brings their immune systems down and they can easily get sick, so make sure to take him in soon as you can.

You'll also want to get reading material so you'll know more about your bird and parrots in general. There is a lot to learn, and the learning is a lifetime process, so relax and enjoy the journey with your new friend.


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