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Re: Wild birds

Posted by electra on 8/03/07
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    On 8/03/07, Meeko's Mom wrote:
    > On 8/02/07, karen wrote:
    >> On 7/31/07, Tiffany wrote:
    >>> I bought 5 cockatiels, less than 1 year old each, thinking
    >>> I could tame them and make them good pets and then resell
    >>> them. Well I have run into some problems!! The white-
    >> headed
    >>> is a beautiful bird and has finally found some trust in me
    >>> and now will take seeds from my hands. But the other four
    >>> jump from the side of the cage in terror whenever they see
    >>> me. I clipped their wings thinking that would help and I
    >>> didn't notice a difference. Is there any hope or do I
    >>> have one pet bird and 4 breeders? Please help!!!!!!!
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >> There are several ways to calm wild birds.
    >> Some slow & some more aggressive.
    >> One school of thought will tell you to sit next to the cage
    >> and hand them treats.
    >> Let the bird set the pace
    >> This is slow but advised by many.
    >>
    >> Another is considered “flooding” & many criticize.
    >> You will also loose some blood.
    >> Remove the bird from the cage,
    >> cup it on your lap gently, no pressure!
    >> Gently pet it, talk, whisper and remain calm.
    >> You must not get frustrated,
    >> if you are tense they will fear you more.
    >> Putting the bird in a small towel will help with the blood
    >> letting. (YOUR BLOOD NOT THEIRS)
    >> Sit with it for 5 min and put into another cage.
    >> Do this with each bird.
    >> They will watch what is happening with the other.
    >> Do this 3 or 4 times a day with each bird.
    >> One cage to the next. Do this with the calm bird first!
    >> Give them treats; tell them they are so smart.
    >> Give them time to calm down before you leave the room
    >> With luck they will become to realize you are not there to
    >> kill them. –WARNING! If the bird is sick the stress may
    >> kill it. This is drastic, but it works.
    >> As I said, flooding is drastic and should only be done to
    >> give a bird a last chance to a life without fear.
    >> In refuges we see many birds at the edge of crazy fear &
    >> this works with most. Bigger bird, more danger to you.
    >> Remember this is for the most drastic problem birds only.
    >> Good Luck, remain calm & think only love
    > ______________________________________________________________
    >
    > I calmed a wild cockatiel a few years ago with the first
    > method Karen mentioned. It worked. But, it took a long time
    > for this bird to trust me. Once I earned his trust, he was the
    > sweetest bird !

    yes I have had alot of rescue birds, kids etc........none of
    which would responded with trust to being physically accosted by
    a towel or physical man handling. During a vet exam toweling is
    used to subdue for the sake of a medical examination not for the
    purpose of buiding a trusting relationship. Medical exams would
    not require the forcing of the bird for the sake of my own ego.
    Neither is transporting or weighing the bird designed to build a
    relationship so your point is???? Nobody said anything about a
    refuge????? So again your point is??? If it was a dog,human,
    or bird animals as people respond to a caring and considerate
    environment. You even said that may cause stress to the point
    of heart failure in some birds......and this would be acceptable
    when??? Certainly only under medical necessity. That being
    said, take the gentle route of trining mentioned first. And
    also being willing to accept that the birds may not ever be what
    you had in mind. Are you aware that most human therapists
    completely reject the idea of physical flooding of any kind
    because it is considered ineffective and inhumane??? They may
    at times use environmental flooding of stimuli but this rarely
    includes a physical component. Also I can post what and where I
    wish since it's not YOUR board.