my parrot will not come to me

by emma

i have a blue fronted amazon parrot he is 7 years old but he wont come to me can you tell me why and what i can do

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Jun 11, 2009
by: Linda

If you have only had your bird for a short time, he does not trust you yet. It takes a while for them to settle into a new home and even longer to completely trust their new people. You will need to take him out of his cage so he can be with you. Make sure he has an outside perch as well, so you can train him to sit on the perch for short periods of time. Make sure his cage is as large as you can afford as he will need to have plenty of room to play with toys, extend his wings and generally feel like he is NOT a prisoner in a squeeze cage.He needs to spend as much time outside cage as is possible.

You also need to make an appointment with an Avian Vet so he can have a checkup. Birds do tend to get sick from the stress of being moved from one place to another, so before you start ANY training program including training him to sit on perch, he needs to see a vet to be checked for any infections/parasites. Every bird needs at least a yearly checkup to make sure all is well with them as sick birds try to not show it until they are very, very ill.

So, to recap, you will need to take him to a qualified Avian Vet asap to make sure he is not sick. If he does not have much energy and/or is eating less, he is sick. Once he has a clean bill of health and is through taking any meds vet gives you, then you will need to go into cage and ask him to step up on your hand. If he does not want to do that, use a perch, place it gently a little below his chest and say "UP". If he has never been trained to do this, it can take a while. Eventually, you will be able to put your hand in his cage, say "UP", and he will get on your hand. It is a good idea NOT to let birds ride on your shoulders because they become frightened sometimes and can inflict a very bad bite to your face or eyes if they are on your shoulder. Keep parrots on hands, arms or perches to be safe. When you take him to vet, have vet trim his wings, just the Primary feathers, not the secondary. He will be able to glide to floor instead of "crashing" when the secondary feathers are also cut. It will be easier to train him with wings clipped so he cannot fly away from you every time. Once wings are clipped you are responsible for making sure no other pets can hurt him when he falls to the floor. Clipped wings makes a bird helpless since flying away is their only defense against attack of any kind.


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