Parrots are wonderful smart creations of nature. According to many ornithologists, these are the most intelligent representatives of birds on earth. Domestic parrots live in many apartments as permanent, beloved “family members”. In families with children, these friendly pets help to educate children in responsibility and care for “our smaller brothers”. A parrot can be taught a variety of tricks and even elements of human speech. Such skills constantly amuse and delight the owners. But for your parrot to become such a “pro”, you will have to work hard.
Before buying a parrot, think over all aspects of the pet’s comfortable living conditions, read the recommendations of experts, chat on the forums and among your friends with those who have parrots. When purchasing the necessary attributes, pay attention to the materials from which they are made.
The cage should be spacious so that the parrot can move freely along it, unfold its wings and wave them, jump from the perch to the ladder, and play with toys. The feeder usually comes with a cage. It is better to choose a drinker not plastic, but ceramic or porcelain. It costs more, but in such dishes, harmful microflora develops more slowly, and the water stays clean longer. Choose toys made from eco-friendly materials with high-quality coatings.
Decide where to place the cage. At first, it should stand higher – approximately at the level of a person’s height, preferably next to the wall. So the bird feels more protected. You can put the cage on pieces of furniture that are suitable in height – a wardrobe, cabinet, pencil case. There should be no indoor plants near the cage – many of them are toxic to parrots.
In comfortable conditions, the bird will more easily endure the stress of moving to a new home.
How much time will it take?
The timing of the taming of parrots depends on many factors: the breed, the age of the bird, its individual character, the system of occupations, actions and the nature of the owner himself. But it is clear that this is not a matter of one day. It may take several weeks to establish contact with the bird. Young parrots (up to about 5 months of age) are easiest to teach to hands. With constant communication with the bird and regular consecutive sessions, you can tame a pet in 2-3 weeks.
Older individuals are much more difficult to tame, but it is also possible to solve such a problem, only it will take more time. It all depends on where the bird used to live. If these were good conditions, but with limited communication with people, she needs to pay more attention, have daily calm “talks” for an hour, and the bird will definitely get used to communication.
If the parrot lived in constant stress with abuse (unfortunately, such situations are not uncommon), then it will take a very long time to tame it.
Under no circumstances, even in the event of aggression, you can’t shout at such a bird and wave your arms, this will frighten it even more, and it will finally lose the ability to trust people. Maximum patience, love and affection, constant care and lack of punishment will certainly bring results, and the pet will change its attitude to communication with a person.
Before you start taming a parrot, tune in to the fact that for a successful result you will have to spend a lot of personal time. No haste and pressure on the bird is unacceptable, any action should build trust, not destroy it. The first 2-3 days after the purchase, the parrot is confused and frightened, sits silently, ruffled and quietly sad. This is fine. Leave the bird alone these days.
Come to the cage to change the bedding on the pallet, put food and pour clean water. During these procedures, call your pet by name quietly, praise him in a calm voice.
By nature, parrots are very sociable, so even the most stubborn of them will not sit alone for a long time in the corner of the cage. After a couple of days, the pet will recover a little from stress, stop rushing to the far corner of the cage when you appear, and begin to peck food from the feeder when you are in the room. Now you can start to accustom him to hands.
Ornithologists suggest following step-by-step steps in taming.
- First, try to get your pet interested in communication.. At first, do not come close to the cage and talk to the bird from a distance in a smooth, soft voice, naming the pet’s name. Then begin to slowly approach the cage so that the bird understands that you are talking to her. Observe the parrot’s gestures to see if it is listening to the sounds of your voice. Be prepared to carry out this initial stage especially carefully, show maximum patience and do not rush to move on to more active actions.
- By observing, determine what your parrot likes to eat the most. See what he chooses from the feeder first (grain, fruit, nuts, whatever). At the time of taming, do not put this food in the feeder, but use it as a treat to encourage the parrot during training.
- For the first time, try to grab just a little bit of your favorite food with your fingers in a pinch and offer it through the bars of the cage. It is not worth opening the cage door and rushing to stretch your hand inside – the parrot is not yet ready for this. Most likely, he will not take food the first time even through the bars. Do not insist, wait a few minutes and move away from the cage. Offer the treat a second time before the next feeding. Perhaps a hungry bird will take a treat. As soon as this happens, praise him with a kind voice, additionally encourage him with a treat. Do this step several times.
- After about a week, you can offer a treat from your hands through the door. Put a treat in your open palm and wait. Calmly continue to talk with the bird, do not rush, do not convince him to eat the “yummy”. Wait until the pet decides to approach the hand. This should be done in the morning when the parrot is alert and hungry. It is not necessary to stretch your hands far into the cage, since at first all parrots are afraid of hands, but this will pass. Do this patiently every day.
- There will come a moment when the feathered one will take food from the palm of his hand. First, he, grabbing a grain or nut, will bounce from his hand to the far corner of the cage and enjoy a treat in a safe area. Keep calm, do not be nervous, once again be patient and in no case scold the bird. The parrot will soon realize that there is no danger, you are not trying to take away food or grab it. After some time, he will boldly sit on his hands and feast on treats without moving deep into the cage.
- Now you can teach the feathered one to sit on the finger. Place your outstretched finger on the perch your pet loves to sit on. Usually this is enough – the parrot jumps onto the finger itself. But sometimes he just does not understand what is needed from him. Feel the feathers on the stomach in front between the legs, and the parrot will quickly sit on your finger.
In the learning process, it sometimes happens that some parrots cannot be tamed in any way. Stick to your plan, find another way to interest the bird. You can try hand training your pet with a small mirror. Slowly move the mirror in front of the bird, bringing it closer to the open palm and moving it away from the feathered one.
In order to reach the mirror and look into it, and all parrots love it very much, the feathered one will have to step on his hand and stay on it to play with his favorite toy.
You need to be very careful on your part. No sudden movements and hasty gestures, do not risk losing confidence. Instead of a mirror, there may be another object – a cap from a pen, a bottle cap, a new toy – parrots love to mess around with such gizmos. If you manage to find an object that interests the bird, the rest will depend on your desire for success, the sequence of your actions, and everything will certainly work out.
What to do if the parrot is afraid?
There are parrots, very shy in nature. They are afraid of everything: the hands of the owner, new toys, new food, bathing, strangers, pets, some things. In all cases, try to establish the cause of the feathered phobia and eliminate it correctly or prove to the bird the safety of the situation that frightens him. It must be understood that a parrot is primarily a real wild bird, and not a dog or cat.
During training sessions never hold your hands above the parrot’s head. A natural reflex will work: movement above your head is the shadow of a bird of prey. The association “hand – danger” will be established in the feathered brain, it will no longer be possible to retrain the pet.
The purpose of taming is to ensure that the parrot completely ceases to be afraid of your palms, allows you to lightly stroke yourself, flies at your call, sits on your shoulder.
The expression “everything in its time” is the best suited to this situation. If you are ready to persistently go towards the goal with love and patience, smoothly move from stage to stage in the process of taming, then your pet will surely love you, feel protection in you, be grateful and completely trust.
With a tame parrot, you can easily start a fun conversation, and with complete trust, get a response. Of course, the “speech” of a parrot is just a reproduction of memorable sounds, but it will bring you a lot of positive emotions and fun minutes. The main thing is to be patient and not rush the bird, show perseverance and kindness, and then you will find a real feathered friend.
For information on how to tame a parrot, see below.