My new Lory

by Tara Mott
(Greensboro, NC United States)

I recently got a lory that was in a bad environment. The lory was confined in a home with over 100 birds and animal took them b/c of complaints. That person was a hoarder. I have no idea of what issues this bird as been in.

SHe seems to be happy she talks a lot and eats well. She will take feed from me and I talk to her but I was just wondering how long and different techinques I can try to get her comfortable enough to let me hold her. She is very cautious when I am around and will jump around the cage if I try when I have no food in hand. What can I try?

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Feb 01, 2010
My new Lory
by: Linda

THE VERY FIRST THING YOU NEED TO DO IS TAKE YOUR BIRD TO AN AVIAN VET IN YOUR DRIVING AREA. Hoarders DO NOT TAKE CARE OF THEIR ANIMALS WHETHER THEY ARE BIRDS, DOGS, CATS, FERRETS.

Find an Avian vet in your driving area and have your bird thoroughly checked out for infections, parasites both internal and external. Also you need to have some basic blood work done to make sure bird's organs are functioning properly.

As for the other issue you have, do not move too fast with this bird. Chances are that it has been abused and most certainly neglected. It is most likely sick, and will remain untrainable until well from whatever infections it has. Birds are very susceptible to gram negative bacterial infections as they only have gram positive bacteria in their bodies. In a hoarder's home, the negative bacteria was probably in the very air your bird breathed every day and night.

Once Avian vet has given your bird medicine to get it over infections, and she is well again, then you can start over about taming and training. Your bird is afraid now and probably sick too, so you'll not make any headway until she is well. The other thing is that TRUST IS EARNED NOT FREELY GIVEN BY PARROTS. There are some training materials on this site, and feel free to look at them, and there are more on the internet in general. DON'T DO ANY TRAINING UNTIL THIS BIRD HAS BEEN TO AN AVIAN VET TO BE TREATED FOR PROBABLY MULTIPLE INFECTIONS.

Your next step is to learn all you can about Lory's because they are not like other parrots and have different dietary needs. Harrisons is a trusted organic pelleted diet manufacturer, and they have a high quality diet for Lory's. Tracie carries the food out here, and your bird will not thrive unless given high quality, organic pellets that have no dyes, preservatives and/or pesticide/fertilizer residue in them. Give your new bird the best, and you'll be rewarded with a beautiful, happy bird who will bring pure joy into your home.

Thanks for writing and for taking this bird on, because your Lory is what is called "special needs", and your time and a FULL commitment will be needed for a full recovery and rehabilitation.

Linda

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