Rosella Parrot

by Lilly
(Sacramento, CA, USA)

I just bought a Rosella and I don't know what to do! I had no knowledge of the breed but the store owners convinced me to get him. after researching the breed, i'm scared i made a mistake! he was in a cage with 2 other rosellas and seemed the nicest but he's not hand tame. he whistles and dances and eats out of my hand but now i'm stuck and don't know what to do to tame him. I can't return him and don't want to give up...he's a character. any advice on taming, feeding, and how to tell the age? thank you so much

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Sep 06, 2011
Rosella Parrot
by: Linda

Putting first things first, you need to have him examined by an Avian Vet in your area before beginning any training or taming of any kind. Depending on the pet store, birds can already be sick, and even if they are not, the stress of moving to yet another place can often lower their immune systems and leave them open for anything coming along. Birds have no gram negative bacteria in their bodies, or are not supposed to have. People and other animals do have gram negative bacteria and this can be passed onto birds by kissing them or sometimes even breathing on them when they are in a vulnerable physical state. Handling in a pet store or just being in a store with lots of other birds can be the stressor that causes an infection to take hold. Birds hide their illnesses until they are almost dead as this is what they do in the wild. Wild sick or injured birds are dead birds so are either killed by flock or driven out to die alone. They bring predators and cannot be tolerated, so in captivity, they follow the same rules since they are still exotic wild birds.

Diet is also a main factor, and your bird needs to be eating mainly organic high quality pellets, and there are several kinds found here. Organic is preferred because there are no chemicals in them like in the cheaper pellets you may find.

A good book about Rosella's will also go a long way toward helping you to learn about your bird.The internet is full of information, and it's for free. It takes time, and your bird is worth it, believe me.

You CAN learn after the fact of getting a bird, and it will take a commitment to this particular bird who is very beautiful by the way. Birds have roughly the emotional/mental development of 4-5 year old human children. You also have to earn their trust by caring for them until they finally begin to trust you.

Here is a link on changing birds from seeds to organic pellets written by an Avian Vet:

Switching Birds To Pellets article

So, first, take bird to be checked for infections both bacterial and viral. Then get him started on a healthy diet that will keep him healthy with fewer avian vet bills. Once you've had him checked, avian vet will either give him meds for any infection or give him a clear bill of health. Then you can start on both the training and diet changes. There are some training materials on this site that you make can make use of, and look for a book on the Rosellas as well so you can begin to learn all about him.

I don't think you've made a mistake here, and I DO think you and the right bird have been brought together, and you will learn as you go as many of us have had to do, myself included. Learning about birds is not something that can be done in an afternoon's reading, but is a lifetime type of learning, and you may as well start here, with this precious bird.

Thanks for writing,

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