Dear Parrot Lover,
Taming A Scared Or Aggressive Parrot
Parrots that are scared or aggressive can present an enormous challenge when it comes to trying to tame them. But just because they are scared or aggressive, doesn’t mean they should be ignored. It just means more patience and perseverance on your part!
Following the steps below will guide you to helping a scared or aggressive bird become happier and tamer.
1. First things first: make sure the parrot’s wings are clipped. If they are not, you will need to wrap the parrot up in a towel. You may need to get help from someone else. Clip the parrot’s wings as best as possible. Then place the parrot back in its cage to allow it to calm
down for at least a day or two.
2. The next step is to open up the parrot’s cage and give it the freedom to climb out on his own. He will most likely climb up and around the cage when he is ready. If the parrot is very nervous, he may not come out right away. If this is the case, leave the cage door open each day
for a couple of hours until he sums up enough courage to come of the cage on his own.
3. Using a perch-sized stick, approach the cage and see if you can get the parrot to step up onto the stick. If he does, praise him! Next try to get him to step off the stick. If the parrot tries to fly off the cage and lands on the floor, you can use the perch stick to get him to step up onto
it and then return it to the cage.
4. If the parrot refuses to step onto the perch stick, you may need to towel him again. But this time, take him into a small room, such as a bathroom, and close the door. Sit down on the floor with the parrot and allow him the freedom to move around the room as he wants. Perhaps take in a
book and read while the parrot becomes familiar with you. Slowly work up to having him step on and off of the perch stick.
5. When you feel that the parrot is fairly comfortable with the perch stick, try to use your finger instead. Remember to speak the phrases “Step Up” and “Step Down” so that the parrot will be able to associate the voice commands with the action.
6. You can take this training a step further by offering a food treat either in your palm or between your two fingers. Once the parrot becomes more at ease with taking food out of your hand, try to get him to step up onto your finger while offering him a treat at the same time. After a while, you can slowly move your other hand up to gently stroke his feathers.
Soon you will have a calm and friendly parrot that is no longer scared or aggressive. Just remember that the key component to taming a wild parrot is to eliminate as much stress as possible – and to always exude kindness and patience.
Training Your Bird to do Fun Tricks
Teaching the hard stuff
Have you ever wondered how you train your bird to do more than a simple trick? How are those more advanced behaviors actually taught to a feathered creature such as your parrot? They are intelligent enough to learn the more advanced skills, but the secret to teaching them is to break them down into smaller steps. This way your bird has the chance to learn one part at a time before he puts it together for an accomplished task such as putting coins into a piggy bank.
You could never expect him to pick up a coin and do it on his first try, so breaking this complex behavior down into smaller pieces makes it to where he understands what he is learning at each level. The best way to break down any more advanced behavior is to use a clicker or marker in your
A clicker is part of positive reinforcement training, and it’s widely used both for wild animals such as marine animals and big cats in zoos and for domestic animals like dogs. It helps alleviate training stress and frustration so that the animal learns exactly what you want them to. A clicker lets the animal know the exact moment they are correct prior to receiving the reward. You click the moment he is doing the exact behavior you’re looking for and then reward right after that.
This is why using a clicker is so fantastic for teaching hard tricks. It tells the parrot when he is right and lets him learn one step really well before you move to the next level.
Learning by watching the professionals
Training fun but complex tricks can be daunting if you haven’t done it before. It’s not nearly as difficult as it might at first seem. Having a professional bird trainer show you exactly how to do it can really help you, and luckily Bird Tricks is one such professional option. Through the use of easy to follow videos you can learn the beginning steps of training as well as the more complex things like putting money in the piggy bank, going to sleep on cue, or putting rings on a peg (even selecting one color of ring to put on the peg).