Unlock the Inner Bird
Dear Parrot Lover,
Not every parrot owner acquires their parrot as a baby or directly from a reputable breeder or pet store. Some parrot owners acquire their older parrot through a pet adoption program, or through a rehoming situation. No matter how an older parrot is acquired, they will have very special training needs.
Most likely your older parrot is more nervous being in a strange home with strange people and even stranger sounds and sights. They will typically express this nervousness through aggression that is commonly displayed by your parrot being extremely territorial of his cage or carrier.
You must have the utmost patience with your older parrot during his adjustment phase into his new home with you. This is certainly not the time to fight fire with fire! The quieter you are around your parrot and the softer you speak, the calmer your older parrot will become. Ever heard the expression “Music soothes the savage Beast”? Well, try playing some soothing music for your parrot.
Make sure that you also provide your new parrot with all of the foods that they are used to eating in their former home. If those foods can be considered to be ‘parrot junk-food’, such as foods that are heavily dyed and covered in sugar or salt, then you should also offer your parrot healthier food choices. But allow him to get used to eating different food at his own pace. Never simply replace his old brand of food with a new brand of food. Parrots need time to adjust to their food as well. Switching over too soon could cause your parrot to refuse to eat and he may starve. Sounds rather extreme, but it is sadly quite true.
You should also try to make sure that your parrot’s cage is a safe and happy haven for him. If your parrot still has his old cage, then you should clean it thoroughly and replace any broken toys, torn up ropes and whittled perches with newer and stronger ones. If you are giving your new older parrot a brand new cage, then do try to outfit with new perches and toys that are of the right dimension and size for your breed of parrot.
Place the cage in such a way that it is up against at least one wall in your house, and in an area of the house that is most often frequented by family members. Older parrots desire a sense of security and being against a wall offers that to them. The easiest way to assimilate your older parrot into the comings and goings of your family is to place them where they can feel that they are a part of your family, such as in the living room. But do not place their cage in the kitchen as fumes from certain types of pots and pans can be quite lethal to parrots.
With older parrots it is best to simply take your time in training them and allow them to actually set the pace.
Unlock the Inner Bird
Training Your Bird Can Do So Much….
When we see a parrot, we see what a pretty bird it is and think it can’t be that hard to have a bird for a pet. Well, that’s not a safe assumption! In fact, birds are great pets, if you know what you’re in for. If you don’t know what you’re doing, you can end up with a pet you can’t stand who screams at you, bites you, and generally disrupts your life.
Bird rescues are filled with birds that are no longer convenient as pets for owners who have grown tired of them. These birds can come with bad behaviors that need to be reworked before they can be adopted out.
The good news for bird rescues and bird owners like you is that any bird can be trained out of bad habits! Proper training and management can keep bad behaviors from forming altogether or can help change behaviors a bird may already have.
What Does Training Do
Training helps change the relationship between a bird and his human. It develops communication between bird and human, and it can actually make your bird learn to love you.
Many mistakes in bird training are easily made by an owner, particularly if you don’t know it’s a mistake. Sometimes owners resort to mean or punitive styles of training that just don’t work and are cruel. These methods create birds that are fearful or mean in exchange.
Training should be positive and geared towards the bird. When training is done this way, a bird quickly responds and noticeable changes occur in a matter of days or weeks. Those previous behaviors of biting, screaming, or trying to harm you gradually reduce and go away.
The Best Way to Train Your Bird
Bird professionals have developed a way of working with your bird that is easy for the bird owner to replicate. You don’t have to be a professional to know how to do it! If you want to have access to FREE videos, information on birds and training, and know that you’re getting the real deal on advice, you need to check out this training system. It’s even the training style that world famous magician David Copperfield used for his very own birds. If it’s good enough for him, it’s definitely good enough for everyone else too!
In the process, you’ll learn so much about your own bird, you’ll be amazed at what it does for you and your bird!