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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 05-14-2018, 03:34 PM Thread Starter
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Help getting parrot out of its cage

My girlfriend has a Quaker that’s very cage aggressive (he’ll attempt to bite even if you are some feet away from the cage or scream outraged for you to step back) and only allows her father and her brother to handle it.

I’m trying to encourage her to build her own relationship with the bird, and someday try to get it out of the cage herself, but she is really afraid of it, and any problem it might lead to. She thinks the bird could either bite her, become uncontrollable outside of the cage and hurt himself (like take off flying away from her), and she is afraid she won’t manage to get him back inside the cage. She also thinks she wouldn’t be able to open the cage because the bird will try to bite her.

Is there any way she could approach this that will end up well? Should she avoid trying or is there something she can do to get him out and away from the cage? Will the bird try to bite even if it’s away from the cage?

I saw a video where the owner takes the bird out of the cage using a perch that the bird bites first and then climbs onto, but what if the bird tries to bite her when it’s on the perch?

Is there anything else we should be aware of when and if we try, any possible problems?

If you could give me some recommendations I’ll appreciate them

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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 09-23-2018, 04:59 PM
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Try placing the quakers cage in a room where she will be in quite often. This will allow the quaker to get used to her and eventually will allow her to approach the cage without the bird freaking out. This does, however, take a lot of patience as it is possible that it may take weeks for the quaker to become less aggressive towards her.

Afterwards tell her to wear some gardening or thick gloves with long sleeves and start teaching the bird that she is not a threat by placing her arm inside the cage for 10-15 mins every so often and try to get closer to the bird every time.

Eventually the quaker should be used to her and not bite anymore. Once out of the cage make sure the windows are closed (you may want to close the blinds if possible as some birds will not understand what a window is and may fly into it) and there are no hazards in the room. Let the bird sit on top of the cage or anywhere it feels comfortable being. Let the bird out as much as you can but also keep the cage doors open so that if it decides it wants to go back into the cage it can.

Hopefully everything goes well for her!
(if i missed any points please do not hesitate to ask I wrote this quite late at night)
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