Last Updated on by Catherine Tobsing
We love our birds.
We love looking at our birds.
But some of us have birds that are unapproachable.
If we put our hand in the cage, the bird backs up.
He might not even try to bite you but doesn’t want to be approached.
The bird basically shifts its body back when you try to approach it. It may just turn around and ignore you when you try to get it to come out of the cage.
First, it’s important to remember that although you might want to pet and cuddle your bird just might not want to be petted and stroked.
Sometimes have to strike a balance between physical touch and nonphysical interaction which could be talking or whistling, sharing food or even just being in the same room.
To make headway with any bird you have to respect its wishes and not force your desires upon them.
- Do they notice their shadows suddenly change position in the sky?
- Does he start vocalizing at certain times of the day?
- Does he play with his toys and dance with them in the cage?
This could be a sign that your bird wants to play but does know how to play with you.
Sometimes your bird may pretend to bite you or tug on your hair making you jump back or screech.
Birds are very smart.
This type of activity is so prevalent it has a name the “drama reward”.
A parrot who has learned the drama reward game may allow you to touch your bird by rewarding the bird with the rewarding sound of “ouch”.
The key here is patience. Your bird is going to be on this planet for decades, and spending a few days or weeks learning how to interact with your bird can yield rewards that will last a lifetime.
Written by The Windy City Parrot Team