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Post: Red Bellied gone crazy

Posted by Joanne, Toronto on 12/19/05

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    Hi Everyone,

    I have a young red bellied parrot, just a year old. She's
    normally the sweetest bird and loves me very much. When I
    got her she was clipped and I had continued until recently.
    I grew up with birds and we never clipped their wings or
    experienced major behavior problems as a result. I'm
    willing to accept most, if not all the blame for allowing
    her flight without continuing step ups to teach her some
    discipline. The problem I am having is a result of me
    trying to put her in her cage over the last week so that I
    could go to school or work. She flew away continuously, and
    I know I should not chase her, but had to in order to get
    out of the house. Just to clarify, I only waited at her
    cage for her to fly back and then made another attempt to
    pick her up, then she would fly again, land again, fly
    again...until she bagan flying into walls, where I ended up
    picking her up off the floor with a towel. She is now
    wavering between tolerance of me in the room, and being
    completely terrified when I simply move, even if I'm all
    the way across the room. There just seems to be no logic to
    any of it, I know birds are not logical, but the more I try
    to sweet talk her, the more frightened she becomes. I am
    keeping her in her cage now, this is the first day. Is it
    possible she is frightened from being confined to her cage,
    since normally she is out whenever I am home? I plan to
    have her wings clipped as soon as she has calmed down, if
    she does. Until then I can't begin step ups or she will
    flee in fear or simply out of wildness. I'm just so hurt by
    this since she was a great friend a week ago and can't
    explaing the sudden fear. Will she ever trust me again?

    Thanks for any advice. Joanne

Posts on this thread, including this one
  • Red Bellied gone crazy, 12/19/05, by Joanne, Toronto.
  • Re: Red Bellied gone crazy, 12/24/05, by Cheryl.