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when is it a good time to try to play with him?
And what the first thing i shud attempt to do to gain his trust?
Your bird should be more receptive to interaction and learning in the morning; at mid-afternoon (between 1 - 3 p.m.) and then just before bedtime.
You might want to establish a separate nighttime cage. Bird mental health (and thus, overall health) relies strongly on regulated day and night hours.
When they’re in their nighttime cage, covered on all sides with just about ¼ of the front open so they can see out and feel secure, go up and start whispering. Nice, reassuring comments. When the bird stretches their wing, stretch your arm. Only a few minutes at a time and then backing away, letting them get a good night’s sleep in a darkened, quiet room makes a huge difference.
In the morning, at the same time every day (no matter what), slowly pull the cover away while talking nicely, in a soft voice and telling them what you’re going to do. Slowly opening the door and reaching in with a smooth motion, flat hand (or closed and tucked under fist) a firm “step up” instruction – no matter what, don’t hesitate or withdraw, take your companion out.
After feeding breakfast in the day cage (I like offering whole grain oatmeal with cut up fruits of the season) - a couple hours to enjoy their chewy toys and the view outside.
Come afternoon it’s time to come out and be with the human flock. With portable perches and spiral rope perches hung securely from the ceiling - these will be the bird’s goals, but they should interact with you first.
Most parrots will need no less than 2 hours out of cage every day; many will get an average of 4 hours and ours always get 7 hours.
Cooing, chortling, even a sort of purring noise can be expected when your bird is relaxed and next to you. Requesting head ‘scritches’ by lowering their head and enjoying gentle petting with a finger at the back of their head is a show of trust and further bonding.
When it comes to discipline for a bird, well, there’s no such thing. Beware of people who suggest hitting, swatting or yelling. These are extremely counterproductive - they only encourage aggressiveness and problem screaming behavior.
http://www.4AnimalCare.org/birds for more about behavior modification and pics too!
thanks makes alot of sense. Thats alot of work though, i just really want him to get comfortable to come out the cage and come to me play and easily put him back in.
whats the easiest or fastest way to train him to go on your finger?
thank you so i shouldnt always feed it regular bird seeds?
And theres always noise in here so it might take alil while longer for him to relax i have little brothers who makes noise and play alot so the bird keeps watching them is that a big problem?
Also try some pabulum or baby rice cereal and a few licks of natural (no artificial anything) yogurt.
Make an oatmeal using 2 tablespoons of all natural oats + 4 tablespoons of plain, hot tap water. Let it stand for about 5 or 10 minutes until the water is mostly absorbed. You can add ½ teaspoon of no sugar added, all natural applesauce, either regular or jarred baby food type, which often makes the oatmeal more acceptable for picky eaters.
Chop up some fresh or dried fruits to add. With dried fruits try to find ‘no sulfites’ on the packaging.
There is more information about using fluorescent lighting, UV and UV-B here:
It’s important to avoid the lighting with magnetic ballast and choose electronic ballast for less flickering and better UV-A, UV-B balance.
With magnetic ballast fluorescents a bird can see the rapid flickering that we can’t and it can stress them out much more than the benefit of the ultraviolet provided. Of course electronic ballast fluorescents are usually more expensive, but considering the savings in overall vet bills – very worth it.
The information about ballast should be on the packaging.