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Bird won't get off my shoulder!

Postby chiddler » Sun Feb 14, 2010 5:58 pm

So we have a pet parrot and it is addicted to sitting on my shoulder.

It never comes off, and when it is forced off it simply flies back. Although I CAN lock it in it's cage, is there a more realistic way to solve this problem?

Even at the moment, I am forced to lock it in it's cage because it's behavior is too clingy.

I don't know the name of the spcies but it looks something like this :amazon: with red above it's beak and a little bit of yellow.
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Re: Bird won't get off my shoulder!

Postby Michael » Sun Feb 14, 2010 8:31 pm

Shake it off your shoulder and NEVER let it on your shoulder unless you put it there.
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Re: Bird won't get off my shoulder!

Postby Suzzique » Sun Feb 14, 2010 9:22 pm

Have you tried distracting your bird? When you don't want or can't have him with you? Don't just take him off and walk away. Try giving a toy or posibly a treat. Something to encurage him to stay on his cage/playstand. Make having to go back to his cage enjoyable. Eventually you will be able to take him off your shoulder and put him back without the toy or treat. He will get it that it's time to entertain himself. While I enjoy having Alex with me that is not always posible or wanted. I have always encuraged him to entertain himself. He has lots of toys. If he is being really clingy he gets a favirot nut when I have to put him back on his cage.
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Re: Bird won't get off my shoulder!

Postby chiddler » Sun Feb 14, 2010 11:58 pm

Thank you for your replies.

I did the first suggestion; i stood in front of it and everytime it flew to my shoulder I simply dropped it back on it's cage. After some 30 times, it got the message.

Thing with the bird is that it only has one toy which it is bored of for sure. I went to Petco to find it something else to bite on but they are so damn expensive.

I think I will search/make another thread on how to make toys :)
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Re: Bird won't get off my shoulder!

Postby kimbo » Mon Feb 15, 2010 1:49 pm

people on here have made their own toys. a toilet roll unscented makes a good shredding toy. straws is another idea. have you tryed ebay 4 cheap parrot toys. where abouts are you? sure someone on here will suggest other places.
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Re: Bird won't get off my shoulder!

Postby Suzzique » Mon Feb 15, 2010 2:51 pm

This is one of my favirot sites for diy parrot toys. Lots of cool ideas!

http://www.cheepparrottoysntips.com/
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Re: Bird won't get off my shoulder!

Postby polishbirdiemom » Mon Feb 22, 2010 10:55 pm

A good place to find cheap toys and tons of choices is www.cabirdnerds.com
The shipping is extremely speedy, I ordered one day and 2 days later the stuff was at my door! Hope this helps!!
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