New Alexandrine Parrot 12 Weeks Old

by Marissa
(Brisbane, QLD, Australia.)

Hi There, I have just bought an Alexandrine Parrot today, he is 12 weeks old and has supposedly been 'hand raised' although I picked him up from the ladies place of work and have since taken him home. He refuses to step up onto your hand and just flies around the cage, however, once he is out he does not bite but doesn't like staying in the one place. The only way to get him is to put your hands around his body holding both wings down and I don't like picking him up this way.

Is it possible that he is just still very timid and unsure about his new surroundings and will come good in the next few days? I have had a bad experience with a 'hand raised' rainbow lorikeet but he was awful and we had to give him to an open aviary as he was so aggressive. I do not want to go down the same path with this parrot and have spent alot of money on him and have had such high hopes for a great companion. I have 2 cockatiels which I hand raised myself and they love stepping up and down whenever I want them to.Will this bird eventually do this if I give it the correct training or is he too old?

Any suggestions?

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Nov 20, 2010
New Alexandrine Parrot 12 Weeks Old
by: Linda

First of all, even a handraised baby does not know how to step up. Birds have to be trained to do this sort of thing. There are some training materials on this site you may wish to take a look at. The other problem here is you need to have your new bird checked out by an Avian Vet in your driving area BEFORE beginning any kind of training. Most new birds have some kind of infection usually bacterial and only an Avian Vet can diagnose and treat an infection in a bird. So, first move is to take him into see an Avian Vet who will do some tests to make sure he is healthy as well as some basic bloodwork to make sure his organs are functioning properly. You also need to have them clip his wings. Just the 6 long primary flight feathers at the ends of each wing is enough so he cannot fly all over and get hurt.

Training takes time, and trust takes even longer. Your bird is afraid of you at this point, and he will continue to try and get away from you until he starts to learn some things. Training is a process as is gaining a bird's trust. Make use of training materials here and other places on the internet. Once his wings are clipped, he will start to settle down more. Flighted birds will remain wild as long as they know they can fly away from you. With his primary feathers clipped, he will fall gently to the floor where you can help him to learn stepping up. Put your hand or finger to his lower abdomen and say "UP". You can use a perch at first so he will not be so afraid and gradually move to your finger and hand as he learns that you are not trying to hurt him.

Hope this helps, and always remember parrots are exotic wild animals and will always be wild no matter if they are handfed or not. They all require training, patience and lots of reassurance that they are safe and loved.


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