First Things to do with Your New Parrot

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You just got a new parrot, you are all excited and want to start playing with it right away. BAD IDEA!!! I don’t care if your parrot was the friendliest bird in the world at the breeder’s. The first time in a new home can be very traumatic and you should proceed with caution. If you know the bird is in a good place then this process should move by really fast for you.

1) You brought your bird home, you place the carrier or box inside the cage if you can and leave it open to let the bird come out into the cage when it feels comfortable. If you can’t put the box/carrier in the cage you have to find a way to quickly get the parrot from the carrier into the cage without any interaction.

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Purrain’s 1st time in the house

2) Leave the bird alone so it can observe it’s surroundings and get comfortable – 24 hours if you can.

3) Do trust building exercises (day 2):
Sit and read softly by the cage
Sing nursery songs
talk on your phone but quietly
eat beside the cage
Basically you want to do calming activities that don’t involve a lot of movement or loud noises and ignore the bird (I know this is the hard part but think about the long term affects over short term gain)

If you do this and see that the bird is not cowering away from you, not showing any fear but instead is coming to the side of the cage where you are sitting and interested in you then I would do the same thing but with the door open. Before opening the door though you might want to just put your hand on the cage near the bird to test out it’s comfort level with hands and if all is well then teach clicker training, target training and step up training in the cage presenting treats through the bars but if your not interested in those things then go ahead and open the door.

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Purrain listening to me read

What you are doing by opening the door is inviting the parrot to come out and explore without any pressure from you. This is the ideal situation but sometimes things aren’t so pretty and simple. If not, then you need to go back to the very beginning and sit further away from the cage until the parrot shows calming responses and you can slowly move closer.

More trust building exercises include the”Blinking game”, the”sleeping game”,  basically copying games. When you can successfully say you have accomplished these you are ready for Clicker training, target training and step up training.

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Purrain Engaged

A lot of people are impatient and want to let their bird out right away. I only say not to do this because you can open the cage door, your  parrot comes out but then wont let you put it back in. Therefore causing a good experience to turn bad and you want to avoid bad experiences.

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Finally out of the cage

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Parrot Wizard’s Guide to the Test

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Hey everyone!

So I found the Parrot Wizard on YouTube and absolutely fell in LOVE with his two parrots, mostly his Senegal as he was displayed more often. Anyhow he apparently tamed a re-home macaw in 6 months, that’s what really caught my attention. I decided to buy his book – The Parrot Wizard’s Guide to Well-Behaved Parrots. I haven’t finished reading it completely however I have decided to put him to the test. There are things in there that I don’t agree with however just like parents of kids have different views and opinions on raising kids, I feel the same thing applies when raising parrots.

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The Parrot Wizard’s Guide to Well-Behaved Parrots

Whether I agree with him or not the end results still speak for themselves, he has two very well-trained (behaved) parrots that all of us dream of having. I consider most of my parrots to be well-behaved however let me be honest there are times that they make me want to jump off a cliff hahaha or at least make me question if they have a split personality. So what I decided to do is take 3 out of 7 of my parrots to follow his book instructions to the tee.

In the first chapter he talks about getting a parrot, I feel he spends a lot of time trying to tell people not to get a parrot although he claims otherwise. If I wasn’t already a parrot owner, I would have been turned off of owning one. With that being said though, he isn’t wrong in his description of how much work owning a parrot is. He also talks about getting as much information as you can on that specific species – I’m TOTALLY an advocate for getting a book on the bird you have or want. I so agree! Number One recommendation!!!! So there is nothing I need to implement from chapter one as I already have a parrot, I have a book on the parrot and I have brought my parrot to the vet, so health check – DONE!

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The Parrot Wizard with the re-home macaw

Let’s move on to chapter two. In this chapter he talks about your living arrangements. All hazardous items have already been removed from my household, each parrot has its own cage with the correct bar spacing. I have the list of things he requires and all my parrots have perches and toys. The transition from carrier to cage was different for all my parrots however it’s already been done so moving on…. Chapter two – DONE!!

Chapter 3 is called early interactions, he briefly covers trust building (which I do agree is the Number one thing needed in order to have a great relationship with your parrot – this is what my e-book will be about). This chapter also includes desensitization methods, nutrition, treats and sleep. Okay, so I already have my parrots on a healthy diet, I know their treats and although he recommends 12 -14 hours of sleep – my parrots are getting 10 – 12 hours so I still think that is good. As for desensitization – I believe this area is an ongoing section, as you will always be trying to desensitize your parrots to things. In regards to not being afraid of you, yes I got that down so chapter three – DONE!!

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The Parrot Wizard with his two parrots

Chapter 4 is where I am going to start putting his methods to the test. This is his taming and training chapter. He discusses positive reinforcement, motivation, food management, clicker conditioning, target training, step up, touch/grab, towelling and turning on back.

So I have elected 3 parrots to do his methods: Grayson, piper and Marlee. I choose these 3 because they are the most different in behavior right now.

Grayson has already been trained but I will be going back to the basics and seeing how he reacts to each of the Parrot Wizard’s methods. Maybe I can improve his training, who knows. **UPDATE** Grayson will be trained using Birdtricks methods!!

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Grayson

Piper loves to train but likes to be in control so we’ll see if he will change under these circumstances.

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Piper!!

Marlee is the newest one to the flock. She has learned to step up and started showing that she gets potty training but I haven’t done much more with her than that. **UPDATE** Marlee has been rehomed and is doing great in her new home

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Marlee @ 18 weeks and 4 days old ( 4 and a half months old)

I will do reviews on their weekly progress. Today, Saturday November 5th, 2016 is our first day….

**UPDATE** This training will still be done on Piper and I will be using one of our newest members a Black Lory

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