skittish bird help

by justin
(new york)

i have a 7 year old ringneck that i got from my dad when he moved he has always been skittish and i want him to feel loved and feel like he can trust me i was wondering what some good tips are to build a good bond with him?

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Jun 03, 2011
skittish bird help
by: Linda

Justin, Tracie covered this very well and do read the articles she linked you to as you'll find valuable information there.

It takes time for a bird to learn to trust a human, and, with birds, trust is earned not freely given. As Tracie said, spend time around your bird, learn all you can about this species of parrot by reading books, the articles she gave you, and there is a wealth of information on the internet.

The Ringneck parakeets are very lovely birds who need to be handled frequently or they will revert back into their wild state. This includes hand-fed babies, who, if not handled every day, revert back to their wild state, and one has to start all over with the taming and training. Their normal behavior tends to be a bit on the skittish side, and when you go to avian vet's, be sure to have them clip his wings a bit as these birds are powerful flyers who fly high and for great distances, so you don't want him to fly away. Have avian vet clip the 4-6 long primary feathers at the ends of each wing. This will allow him to glide to the floor or ground and not fall like a rock. He will not have enough "lift" to fly all over the house and hurt himself as he will tend to do at the beginning of real training.

Also, make sure your bird is healthy enough for training by taking him to an Avian Vet in your driving area. Vet will give him a thorough exam to make sure he is clear of infections, parasites inside/outside and may wish to do some basic bloodwork to make sure organs are functioning properly. Make sure bird has been examined by avian vet before beginning any dietary changes or training.

Thanks for writing and congratulations on your new "best" friend!


Jun 02, 2011
Skittish bird
by: Tracie

Rather than typing what has already been posted, I will give you the link to our Parrot Training page and encourage you to read the articles there.

Basically, just move slowly, meaning don't rush the relationship. Sit by the cage to eat and read etc. Talk to the bird and learn it's body language. When the bird's pupils get small and he puffs out to look big, stop what you are doing so you don't get bit or to stop scaring the bird.

I am sure Linda and other readers will chime in with advice too.

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