Parent-Raised Eclectus - too old to be tamed?

We have been given an 8 1/2 week old eclectus parrot. Three days in, he is eating well but still seems terrified every time we feed him. Being that he was taken so late from the nest box and had no previous human interaction, will he ever be affectionate like hand-raised parrots? Should we try to handle him lots now or just keep interaction strictly to feeding? I don't want to overstress the poor guy!

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Mar 22, 2013
go slow
by: Anonymous

If he's that scared go a little slower in movements. It isn't (IMO) normal for them & you can not only freak them out but he could develop a few stress feathers during this period. He should be comfortable with the way he's being fed, not scared.

You are new to him, your home is new to him so move slow, until he gets used to his new home properly. Don't force him to do anything he's not ready to because if you do you could end up with a biter.

Do you understand 8 1/2 weeks is NOT old, it is still baby age! You can acquire them at several months old & still tame these birds. They do not grow up & mature until between 2-4 years old, so you have a long time yet to tame & train him. Don't rush it & enjoy every moment :) Learn to read his body language & step back a little when uncomfortable. And remember your technique of feeding will be different to that of the parents.

Mar 22, 2013
Don't worry just Don't GIVE UP!
by: Anonymous

He is acting exactly the way he should, he is afraid but after seeing you every day, you parrot will come around and will be extremely attached. You are correct, don't over do it or overwhelm your bird either. Just show love, don't smother the breathing space, he should feel secure and not cornered, he shouldn't have too many hands and eyes and faces and bodies hovering over him! It is scary from their point of VIEW. Make all movements loving, gentle, quiet and suttle, nothing fast, loud or overwhelming. Your bird is a perfect age to grown into the family. Three days is just way to early to see change. You will have to give it time and be consistent no matter what you see.

Mar 22, 2013
Too old to be tamed?
by: Anonymous

Your bird is not too old to be tamed. Since it has had no human interaction, it will take a while for the bird to get accustomed to its new owners and new surroundings. As long as you are able to feed, water and clean the cage without incident, you're well on your way to gaining your birds' trust. Don't force yourself on the bird by trying to handle it without its consent. With time and patience and the establishment of a routine. you will be able to train, play with and cuddle your bird. My bird was two years old when I got her from an abusive home and it took a while for her not be afraid of me and her new home. Birds are highly intelligent and adapt well when they are loved and cared for. I recently moved and thought the change of house would upset my bird but she adapted quickly. There are some good parrot training articles on this site that will help you. No bird is too old to be trained.

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