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Post: where to start with a Red Bellied Parrot

Posted by Jane C on 10/20/04

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    Hello all

    After much research one week ago we became parrot owners
    and bought a male red bellied parrot, a good sized cage,
    books and a good variety of toys etc.

    But, being relatively inexperiencing we have come up
    against some behaviours and some questions on training that
    we really hope you can help us with.

    Our Parrot- Jack, is about 18 weeks old (pet store
    estimate, and we have introduced him to his new
    surroundings by placing him in a area that he can feel
    safe, we change food and water daily and provide frequent
    attention in the form of lots of speaking and hand feeding
    with bits of fruit etc. However he is displaying some odd
    behaviour that we don't understand:

    1. He stoops low over his perch (almost lying down on his
    belly) and flutters his wings very quickly for 5-6 seconds

    2. He has started to screech REAL loud - the pet store say
    he was quiet when they had him. We read not to respond but
    he does it morning and evening (normal?) and during the day
    for extended period whether we are there or not - mostly
    while hanging upside down!.

    3. He appears to have no interest in the toys we have
    placed in the cage ( all designed for parrots)

    4.We really want him to be allowed out of his cage but he's
    not responding to our efforts to tame him - he doesn't
    panic if you slowly replace his food and water and will
    take grapes from your fingers (he throws them straight on
    the floor) but he looks terrified the whole time and for
    the most part shy's away and climbs to the top of his
    cage. On one occassion I placed my finger close and
    repeated UP UP but he bit me - presumably out of fear, and
    although it hurt a bit it didn't draw blood.

    Can anyone advise us on what his odd behaviour means AND
    how should we go about training him. He's a lovely bird
    and we want him to be happy

    Thanks



Posts on this thread, including this one
  • where to start with a Red Bellied Parrot, 10/20/04, by Jane C.
  • Re: where to start with a Red Bellied Parrot, 10/20/04, by Michael L.
  • Re: where to start with a Red Bellied Parrot, 10/20/04, by Penny.
  • Re: where to start with a Red Bellied Parrot, 10/23/04, by Jane.
  • Re: where to start with a Red Bellied Parrot, 10/23/04, by Michael L.
  • Re: where to start with a Red Bellied Parrot, 10/23/04, by Penny.
  • Re: where to start with a Red Bellied Parrot, 10/23/04, by Penny.