First day with my new IRN!
Posted 28 July 2010 - 05:28 AM
This morning I uncovered his cage and he was hesitant to step up, he pulled back a little when my hand entered his cage but he did step up without me pushing on his chest. I let him sit on my hand for a few minutes and he kind of just sat there staring at me. After a few minutes of me talking to him, he dipped his head and did a slight head bob and let out that cute cooing whimper sound. If you know what I'm talking about... what does it mean? It wasn't the fast head bob "feed me" sound, it kind of sounded like a puppy whimper.
I continued talking to him and every once and a while he would slowly move his head down and ever so gently... bite the hell out of my finger! It wasn't an aggressive or defensive behavior, there was no lunging or eye pinning so am I correct in assuming that he is simply exploring the squishyness of my fingers? Throughout the day I learned that if he is leaning forward to give me a kiss... not to fall for it! He slowly leaned into my lip and bit down into it. He didn't let go until my skin snapped. Now I have a puffy bruised/bloody lip. I also learned that he is not a shoulder bird (yet). He took a nice big bite out of my ear as well. The funny thing is that he does it so slow and gentle, and yet so crushingly painful. He is the largest parrot I have owned so this feeling is new to me... I'm used to the quick pinching sensation of conures and lovebirds mostly.
Anyway, I only picked him up a few times throughout the day, and most of the time he sat on top of his cage either looking around or sleeping.
He doesn't seem uncomfortable, but just cautious about things. I assume he is just adjusting to the new environment?
I showed him a few toys, but he didn't seem interested in them yet. He lets me pet him and doesn't seemed stressed about it.
I'm just wondering what the next step is to help him bond with me and explore more. Should I continue what I did today? divide his time between being with me and being alone? Spend more time with him? less time?
Any comments or thoughts are appreciated
Posted 28 July 2010 - 11:24 AM
Congrats on your new baby.
Two Jack Russell Terriers (Rocky & Jack) & Four Fish Tanks
Posted 28 July 2010 - 03:54 PM
yI'm trying to type but have a conure and a lovebird running back and forth over my laptop! If they see me use it, that's what they do. I did a couple tests withmy IRN this morning to see how comfortable he is. I sat down on the floor with him and he quickly looked to me to pick him up. He isn't happy on the floor or in low places. If I sit in a chair with him, he wants up high. He doesn't act like he wants to get away from me, but prefers to be as close to the ceiling as possible. So when he is sitting with me, he coos and looks over toward his cage. He likes sitting on top of his cage as that's the highest point in the room. I've tried distracting him with food, toys, a foraging basket with misc toys in it, but he just wants up. He's not really attached to his cage, if he's in a different room, he looks for the highest point and wants to go there. He is clipped by the way. I chose him instread of the female IRN I was going to bring home and the breeder already clipped him. I don't want to push him, so I'll keep doing what I did yesturday... time with me, time alone. Is there any way to help him be more comfortable down low? My conure is also afraid of the floor...
Posted 29 July 2010 - 03:35 AM
Today I added more toys to the top of his cage. He slowly started exploring the foraging basket and chewing bits of shredded paper, but remained in the same area all day. I sat with him on and off throughout the day and he seemed fine sitting. He is very quiet and actually today he didn't even make a single sound. I decided I'm going to baby him a little by feeding him his pellets and veggies. He really likes corn, but also tried spinach, cauliflower and carrots. Tomorrow I am going to try apples
He doesn't mind being petted but I can tell he is not a cuddly bird. He prefers to sit on my hand and is not comfortable sitting on my chest, or being held like my conure is. But this is perfectly fine as my conure and my lovebird are both extremely cuddly and demand to be petted.
Bite count today: 3 (again, slow and gentle) I read about blowing on his face and tried that... it seems to work and doesn't seem to upset him. He simply lets go. I noticed that he starts to bite if he motions to go up high and I don't put him up. I wait until he stops trying to bite and then I pet him for a few seconds and then I lift him up to his favorite spot.
I want to start training him to step up and maybe a wave, but I have to figure a nice treat for him. He doesn't know what seeds are (that's good right?) and paid no attention to the sunflower seed I offered him.
(I'm a HUGE fan of sharing pictures) Here are a couple more of him trying out some veggies before bedtime...
Posted 29 July 2010 - 04:39 PM
Secondly, for the biting:
1. As stated before don't give into their drama. Birds thrive on reactions.
2. When he bites, gently push into his chest. Your first instinct is to, of course, pull away but if you gently shove into his beak he is forced to let go. While you are pushing tell him gentle or don't bite or something else to tell him he is doing wrong. Give him big facial reactions while doing this, a stern warning look, frown a lot. Birds can read your body language. If he bites particularly hard, push into him, tell him no bite, frown and turn your back to him for a few seconds. Birds in the wild are taught flock dynamics when they are young. You must teach him what you feel is right and wrong in your flock.
3. Right now he is testing his boundaries. Ringnecks go through a bluffing stage that can last a few months and you will have to work through this. They continue to test you to see just what they can get away with for the rest of their lives. My Charlie is going on 6 years old and still bluffs me sometimes when I work with him. Mostly it just show, but sometimes he can throw a real hissy fit.
4. Teach him to step up nicely and consistently with a stick or a dowel of some sort. You want an aid when working with them, as when they get into their moods you do not want to offer your squishy, vulnerable fingers Since he is a baby, you can get him used to it quicker. Start working on stepping up from the floor with a stick and then from the stick to your hand.
5. Try to find a 'must have treat' that he will do ANYTHING for. Charlie is a pig and will do anything for a bit of millet. I save this treat for special occasions or if I need something to hold his attention for a while.
As for foods, fresh veggies are always better than fresh fruit. You probably already know not to feed him avocado or chocolate. Seeds aren't a bad idea but if he isn't eating them now, don't bother trying. They are like the McDonalds of bird food.
If you can, more pictures would be great! He is lovely
- Zahadoom aka Doomie - Pacific Parrotlet
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Posted 29 July 2010 - 06:05 PM
Ok first of all he is adorable
Secondly, for the biting:
1. As stated before don't give into their drama. Birds thrive on reactions. .....
Thanks for the reply. That's an interesting approach to biting.
I think I got the biting under control though as the bite count for today is 0! He showed slight bluffing behaviour this morning when I went to pick him up.. he lunged at me but I kept moving forward. He stepped up and has been sweet baby all day. While sitting on my finger today he did bend down to bite, but put his beak around my finger like he was going to bite, but didn't! He didn't squeeze down at all and then just lifted his head back up and fell asleep on my hand.
He is comfortable in the locations he has been to in my house so I thought that maybe I could start introducing him to new environments and try immersion on him... I think he will adjust better if he is exposed to life in my house as opposed to keeping him only where he feels safe.
I haven't figured out a good treat yet. He likes corn, but it's not practical for a treat food. I won't offer him seeds, I think it's best not to. I have a conure that was a pet store bird and I am still working with him to transition to pellets and veggies.
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