Posted 17 April 2012 - 06:24 AM
We recently rescued an abused and neglected 'Tiel. He has made much progress in both his health, vibrance, and sociability. We have hit a bit of a road block and would like some advice.
Since his first days roughly 9 months ago he has come from a bird who was terrified of people even being in the same room as him, displaying obvious signs of distress including squacking, pacing his cage, and attempting escape. We are pleased to say that we have been able not only to get him out of his cage, but he sings to us while we sing back, and perches on our finger as well as the shoulder.
We would like him to be a companion bird, and need help getting past his fear of us touching him, eventually we would like to use a clicker. He will not take treats and prefers seed, we believe this is due to his neglect. Also anything that we put near him other than our hand, and below his breast, he will bite and or fly away. Can anyone please help us with advice concerning this matter? We do not wish to clip his wings as we have other animals roaming the house (responsibly of course, he is never out and unsupervised).
Thanks for your advice,
Cody & Keri
Posted 19 April 2012 - 10:59 AM
The easiest way for you to tame him is to show him that stepping up is fun and toys are fun too.He has to be taught these things by a guardian.The most useful teacher here would be another bird.Do you have any other well tame bird with you?? If yes....open both their cages and ask the tame one to step up and give him a big reward and make a fuss of it.do this every day.After some days he should be willing to eat treats and let him touch you..
Best of luck!!
Posted 19 April 2012 - 07:16 PM
Thanks for your advice. We only have budgies, one of which (Charlie the female) harasses our cockatiel (Colby). She recently decided she wanted to look like Phil Collins. She squeezed her way into his cage just because he was eating and ended up with a bald spot on top of her head. The male budgie is new to our flock, we got Boomer hoping that it would keep Charlie occupied and less territorial of Colby. Unfortunately this didn't really work thus far and we think that we have to tire Charlie out before she is allowed free roam because she still displays classic female Budgie behavior when she is allowed for out time. We are beginning training with all of them, and due to some great advice we are trying to take away their favorite treat (millet) and use it for training. With Colby he will only eat seed, so we have started removing his food at night and witholding it for a little while in the morning, and offering him seed from our hand, if he doesn't take it we try again in 15 minuites, and after that we give him his food. Once all of this is working we hope to see improvement. I will also use your advice and reward the best behaved bird in front of the others as an incentive.
Thanks again for your time and advice,
Posted 19 April 2012 - 08:46 PM
I recall when I had 5 budgies, one male within them all. The male was minding his own business when two girls, one of which was his mate, decided to gang up on him. One tried to land on his tail as the other tried to nibble on his flights. Poor guy, he didn't know which way to lash out!
Or the last hen I had... she freaked me out! Had her and my mitred conure in the same room. I only let her out so she could get some exercise, but I had accidentally passed out. When I woke up, Charlie (conure, 7-8x bigger) was chasing her around the cage! Since she was so small, she could easily fly from one spot to another, play with his toys, eat his food, drink his water and otherwise acted oblivious to him except when he came too close. Charlie on the other hand looked like a bumbling fool trying to chase her around the cage and having to move by foot alone. I found her a budgie only home so she could no longer terrorize the big green "giant"! I think she was happy to be around other budgies!
Shame that budgies tend to set such bad examples! I doubt that they can help their curiosity or tendencies towards trouble! At least they look cute when getting into trouble, and they are great at monkey see, monkey do!
Posted 20 April 2012 - 07:01 PM
Posted 20 April 2012 - 07:37 PM
You really have done great and I can see that! And I think that, given a few more days, they'll probably figure things out!
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