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should i let him out

Postby danamaynah » Wed Jun 01, 2016 6:50 am

so Crowley still doesn't feed from my hands but if I leave a treat close to me he will hesitantly come take it if I'm not looking while standing close.

I was thinking of letting him out of the cage, I just want to know will he fly back to his cage or will he just avoid going back at all costs, I honestly don't want to run after him and freak him out, I would be thankful for some advice
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Re: should i let him out

Postby liz » Wed Jun 01, 2016 7:30 am

Parrot proof the room he is in and let him out. Do not feed or give him water except in his cage so he has to go back for it.
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Re: should i let him out

Postby Wolf » Wed Jun 01, 2016 9:00 am

Well he does need time out of his cage. He needs the time out so that he can fly and get some exercise so it is good for his physical well being. He needs to look about his new home and see from you that it is OK, so it is also good for his mental and emotional well being as well.

Now, I would place some sheers on the windows for his protection as he will at first probably think that they are just an opening that he can just fly straight through, so the sheers will help to reduce any impact should he fly full on into one of them. Likewise I would cover any mirrors in the room for the same reason. I would let him out, at least the first few times about 2 hours before he is accustomed to receiving his dinner, just in case he does not make it easy to return him to his cage. If you can't get him to step up to go back to his cage for dinner and in case that he does not return to it on his own, you can, if the inside lights are not on, catch him quite easily when he goes to roost at dark and return him to his cage. That may have to occur a few times before he will either step up for you or return to the cage on his own as long as you keep his dinner coming at the same time everyday as it should have been occurring by this time.
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Re: should i let him out

Postby danamaynah » Wed Jun 01, 2016 9:09 am

thanks for the replies

so if I catch him to put him back wont he hate me for it ?
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Re: should i let him out

Postby ParrotsForLife » Wed Jun 01, 2016 10:50 am

danamaynah wrote:thanks for the replies

so if I catch him to put him back wont he hate me for it ?

Just don't chase him all over the place and give him a chance to go back himself.I would turn the lights off and catch him but if he takes flight turn them on immediately.
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Re: should i let him out

Postby danamaynah » Wed Jun 01, 2016 11:11 am

ok thanks for the tips :thumbsup:
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Re: should i let him out

Postby Pajarita » Wed Jun 01, 2016 11:35 am

This method depends on the cage itself but whenever I have a bird that would not go back into its cage on its own and would freak out if caught by hand (and I have many of those: finches, canaries, cardinals, quails) what I do is put seeds on the bottom of the cage on a white paper plate, put a very soft light right behind the cage (so it would shine through the bars and illuminate the inside of the cage), prop the door open, turn off all the lights in the room and leave it (I peep through a little crack so I can close the door when they go in). Birds ALWAYS fly toward the light when surrounded by darkness and been hungry and seeing the seeds inside will make it impossible for him to resist.
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Re: should i let him out

Postby danamaynah » Thu Jun 02, 2016 6:51 am

great idea thanks :D
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Re: should i let him out

Postby liz » Thu Jun 02, 2016 7:11 am

I have learned from Myrtle that birds cannot see as much as we do in dim light. She is quite quit capable of even flying side was to get through a doorway while someone is standing in it. She was in the wrong place for "nite nite" one evening when I turned off the lights. She took flight to go to were she wanted to sleep and flew into a wall that she knew was there.

When the light is dim and your bird has already gone to roost it will be easy to pick it up. I use both hands to scoop and just hold them in place with 2 thumbs. It sounds funny that it happens but after a few times of pick up and put back bonds the bird to you as his servant. He starts to think of it as you helping him and becomes much more relaxed with hands. He then will consider hands a help instead of a hurt.
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Re: should i let him out

Postby Pajarita » Fri Jun 03, 2016 11:50 am

You are right, Liz, but this is not a handfed or even a captive-bred bird, it's a parent-raised and, most likely, a 'taken from the wild bird' and that makes a big difference.
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