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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-11-2015, 01:03 PM Thread Starter
 
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conure (can you) not get on my shoulder

I have a nanday conure who is adopted from another family. She has been living with me for quite awhile now and I'd really like to have her out of her cage more but when ever she is out of her cage she will try to climb up my arm or will fly from where ever i put her, to my shoulder. I don't mind her being up there, she has never bitten my on my neck ear or face and only ever nibbled on my fingers but i move around so much while working that i don't want her to fall off. I also don't like not being able to see her because than i can't read her body language. when ever i put her back in her cage she wants out but i can't have her on my shoulder all the time! help? suggestions?

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i wouldn't worry about her falling off- as long as you arent jumping around she should be fine. Parrots are built to perch! You are lucky to have a bird that likes to be near you at all! Most parrots (including mine) take a long time to train to sit on your shoulder and even then they seem to prefer being elsewhere. If not being able to see your parrot really bothers you, then you could maybe hang up some mirrors in places you hang out together alot? or even carry around your phone to check on the camera? Just consider yourself very lucky.
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I tell people who come here and one or more birds fly to them to just relax and hold your body as normal.
Height aggression is a myth.
But a bird you cannot trust should not be allowed on your shoulder or head.
To me it sounds like you do not have any worries and I would say enjoy the fact that she wants to be with you.


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I didn't know it was so special for her to want to sit with me! Thank you, to both of you
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I think it is one of the greatest gifts they can give you.
It is a sign of trust.
Even those birds that do not like to be touched will still want to spend time with you. If they trust you.
That compliment alone is worth all the efforts of bonding.
Think of it this way they are wild animals, we have never domesticated them. A bird that is unsure of you will not fly to you.
People do force this issue by clipping, so the bird has no choice. Your bird has that freedom of choice, so when it does so, respect that.

She can fly, so even if she did loose her grip she will recover way before she falls to the floor.
If you want you can work on training her to station. Stay where you put her. But myself I just enjoy having them on me. Most the guys will step off when I need them to. But sometimes I do have to shake them of by ducking down quickly. Which I just remembered. Some birds may offer to bite when asked to step off your shoulder. I consider this is because they do not want to move from their chosen spot. This does take a little bit of training to stop this, if it does turn out that way. I do have a vid up on a Sun Conure that did this with it's owner all the time. I stopped it from doing so with me in under a day. But it went back to the owner and was no better with her.


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I'm with Clive on this, if your bird wants to sit on your shoulder and hang with you then the bird is really trusting of you. Enjoy it.

I can't tell you how many people wish some of their birds was this friendly and happy to hang out with them on their shoulder. You've done well with this bird in terms of making it happy and content to do this.





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As long as you haven't been bitten and she's not showing signs of aggression (for instance, if you try and get her off and she draws blood haha) I see no issue as to why she can't stay up there when she's out. She obviously wants to spend time with you, which is an honour in bird haha

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I have some special tips and tricks on my website to train your parrot to sit on your shoulder. I also have some videos there to train your parrot for this purpose. I hope you will enjoy the best training session from there http://cuteparrots.com/shoulder-training-your-parrot/
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