parrot wont come near me!!

by lyndsey

i have just been giving a green amazon parrot as my uncle didnt have the time to give it the attention it needed, it was in a large cage in a hallway,but spent most of the day on its own ,im not sure what species it is,im having trouble finding it!it is dark/dull green with a sort of lighter green,maybe yellow scaley neck,i say scaley as the edges of the feathers look black,it has a red belly and the edges of the wings are black,it is roughly 14- 16 weeks old.

I have had the parrot for over a week now,i have read up on training techniques but i cannot get my parrot,whos name is chuck by the way, to come near me!and i thought it best to let him settle first.

At first if you went up to the cage,it would swoop down to the bottom and hide under the ledge for a couple of hours,i am able to aproach the cage if i walk slowly to it,he seems to have calmed down slightly,yet is still nervous and flys to a perch which is further away!
i sit at the side of the cage and eat my dinner an sometimes he will watch and then go an eat his own.

For the first 3 days he didnt make a noise,then my 2 year old daughter started to sing and he started squarking, if we play music or the hoover he will squark too.

I just dont know where to go from here, do i give him more time to settle in or will he never like me as he is used to being alone?
Thanks in advance Lyndsey

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Nov 26, 2009
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by: Hillary

I just took my dad's amazon and she remembered me and is having no trouble adjusting. She even laughed and chattered the whole car ride from Ohio to SC. Every day she gets better with me. The first two weeks she stayed in her cage or on top and bit me if I picked her up. But I learned her 'language' and as the weeks pass she has come to chase me around the cage to be near me and beg for a scratch. Your bird is lucky to have your family to watch and enjoy even if it afraid right now. You did a good thing rescueing it.

Nov 25, 2009
parrot wont come near me!!
by: Linda

Well, your bird has been neglected and is in very bad physical condition as well. I suggest that the first thing you do is to make an appointment with an Avian Vet to have him checked out for infections and/or parasites. If he has been neglected to the degree I think he has, then he is most likely sick, and a sick bird cannot be trained, so don't even try until he has a clean bill of health.As for what kind of Amazon he is, I'm not sure. The yellow neck sounds like a Double Yellowhead, but the red feathers on the belly sound more like blood stain than feathers. Get him to a vet right away.

This bird was most likely a hand fed baby, and if they are not handled regularly, they go back to their naturally wild state. So, take him to an Avian Vet to have him checked out and then check out some of the training materials Tracie has on this site.

Your bird is going to take a while to get over fear of you, and this is what you're dealing with. Your bird has been neglected and is very much afraid of you, your family and the entire new house. Take things slow with him because trust is earned and NOT given.

Take him to an Avian Vet in your area. It shouldn't cost that much to find out if he has a bacterial infection or not. After he is either given a clean bill of health or is given meds to get him over his infection, then you can start some training. Also, while at the vet, have them clip his Primary Flight wing feathers which will keep him from being able to fly all over the place. Birds left to fly all over the house get hurt and sometimes the injuries are fatal.


Keep us posted as to how everything goes and be ready for it taking a long time for him to come around. Also parrots are afraid of children, so make sure your little daughter stays away from his cage and him when he's out. Young children scare parrots because they move too fast. He will get more used to her as time goes on, but she is way too young to try to handle him in any way. Keep them physically apart. Children need to be between 8-12 years old before they can be taught the art of handling parrots. Parrots are wild animals, and whether or not they were handfed as babies does not enter into it. They are not domesticated and will fall back on their wild heritage when frightened, so keep your baby and this bird apart.

Let us know what happens here, and feel free to write again anytime. Your little bird is so very afraid, and so have compassion for him, and his trust in you will grow as time goes on.


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