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Introduction to parrot training

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So as I posted in the introductory thread, I'm a new parrot owner. I have a Superb Parrot and his name is Rafiki.

There is a photo of him.

How long will it take for him to settle in to his new home?

How often to Superb Parrots eat? I've looked online and can't see anything. I'm used to budgies who generally eat a lot but he doesn't seem to eat as much (although he is eating).

He's been fine when my hand is low in the cage and still. I want to eventually progress to him stepping up and me bringing him out of the cage. Is there any advice on how to get started with this? I have a playground for him that I'm going to build, so that might help to coax him out.

Do parrots need cuttlebone for their beaks?
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Any bird will take some time to adjust to a new home, make sure the room he's in isn't too quiet as this can spook the bird. Play music and let him get use to the idea you will be making noise and there will be activity in the area he lives in.

Talk to him as much as possible, place the cage near your computer if you sit at one or just sit beside the cage for long periods of time while playing on your phone. Keep talking and glancing at him but don't stare for a long time at his face as this can spook him. Predators stare at birds so you don't want to make the bird more nervous, when looking and talking to him blink your eyes and move your face up and down or around slowly looking around the cage just make sure to not look deeply at the birds eyes and face.

If he's not eating much this is common with birds that have moved into a new home. Find out his favorite treat and offer it to him with your fingers or pin it up on the bars where he will have to come to eat it. It's good you see he's eating, water is the most important right now you want to know he is keeping hydrated, perhaps take a leaf of lettuce or kale and wash it well then leave it semi wet and pin it in the cage near a perch. If he's hungry for it he will eat it but he will also lick the water drops which will assure he has some water.

Searching other sites about these birds it shows they like to eat a variety of fruit and vegetables, a good seed mix containing safflower, oats, canary seed, groats, assorted millet, hemp and sunflower. So offer him a little chunk of millet the same type you give your budgies.

Also viewing a few other sites online show the bird is suppose to be very quiet and shy in a new atmosphere and especially if they are housed on their own and don't have another superb parrot with them in their cage.

Yes, I'd put a cuttle bone in his cage just don't get the smaller package ones that are a proper size for budgies. Get a larger one, the cuttle bone offers calcium and some salt which is good for any caged bird.
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Thanks, mate.

I'll take on the advice about staring at him immediately. He is slowly, slowly settling in. I've built his play stand and can't wait to get him on it, although I know I'll need to be patient with him.

His cage is in the living room and I've been leaving the tv on for him when I've been out of the house. All 6 budgies are a few metres away in their own cage too, so they'll be vocal and visual company for him.
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Rafiki is lovely. Superb parrots are nice birds!

For getting him out of the cage you may find it will be easier for both of you if he comes out on his own terms. Once he is out you can then start working on stepping up and other things. To start training him in the cage I recommend trying to clicker train him and then work on getting him to follow a target. That way you can get him to come out of the cage to follow it (if he doesn't come out on his own)

Please don't think I'm coming across as rude, but I'd be thinking about upgrading his cage and adding some better perches and enrichment. Plastic perches can wreak havoc on birds feet and obviously being such intelligent animals they need a lot of mental stimulation. Superb aren't big on toys but if you could maybe offer some easy shredding toys to get him started out
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Rafiki is lovely. Superb parrots are nice birds!

For getting him out of the cage you may find it will be easier for both of you if he comes out on his own terms. Once he is out you can then start working on stepping up and other things. To start training him in the cage I recommend trying to clicker train him and then work on getting him to follow a target. That way you can get him to come out of the cage to follow it (if he doesn't come out on his own)

Please don't think I'm coming across as rude, but I'd be thinking about upgrading his cage and adding some better perches and enrichment. Plastic perches can wreak havoc on birds feet and obviously being such intelligent animals they need a lot of mental stimulation. Superb aren't big on toys but if you could maybe offer some easy shredding toys to get him started out
I've got him stepping up already and he's quite happy to come out on to his playstand, along with letting me feed him the occasional treat.

He's been given toys and a mineral block, a perch for his feet and beak and he'll be getting a bigger cage in the new year.
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I've got him stepping up already and he's quite happy to come out on to his playstand, along with letting me feed him the occasional treat.

He's been given toys and a mineral block, a perch for his feet and beak and he'll be getting a bigger cage in the new year.

You're doing well if he's stepping up already, good work!


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