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Re: Can I tame a pair?

Posted by Wayne on 10/01/09
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    On 3/12/08, Birdlover wrote:
    > Hi,
    > I bought a parakeet (young) from Petco. I know this isn't
    > the best place to purchase from (not Petco in particular,
    > but any "bin-o-budgies" type place). The bird was a
    > little shy, but I was able to at least handle it and it
    > would run up my chest to perch on my shoulder and hide
    > under my hair. Really cute. So I started thinking about
    > how lonely the poor fellow will be and I went back and got
    > another. They adore each other and now the first one, or
    > the other for that matter, want nothing to do with me.
    > They will tolerate me putting a hand in the cage ok, but I
    > can't even get one to jump on my finger. Did I mess up by
    > getting both so close together? Are they bonded now and I
    > won't be able to tame them? If not, it's long
    > as they're happy.

    You may try leaving the cage open and letting them come out
    on their own, might be possible that they'll be more social
    and less territorial. It's an idea worth trying anyways but
    I had a similar problem with a female red lord amazon i had
    hand fed from 3 weeks old, I put a male in with her and
    after a while she wanted nothing to do with me. It was
    upsetting to say the least but they bonded and the male
    treats her very well. It gives me some comfort to see them
    nestled together with her cuddled up to him and him preening
    her while she dozes.I miss interacting with her but as you
    say, "as long as she's happy". I hope it all works out ok
    for you, best of luck.