Hello fellow Parront's!
I'm a frequent "talker" over on the Parrotlet forum, and I recently brought home a 8 week old Male Normal Bourke. (He's 11weeks now)
I am aware of how different they are from parrotlet, and I did a ton of searching to find a baby that was hand fed so that I could interact with him. Unfortunately my baby is terrified of hands, not sure why but I'm guessing he was not well socialized.
I talk to him and sit by him daily (for hours). I feed him millet in the cage and a few times have gotten him on my hand, but typically he just runs the other direction.
He likes coming out of the cage, he is clipped and can't get any height so we let him run around and explore (with careful supervision) and he will sit under the coffee table near me. He's clearly settling in, but it just seems like all my working with him is not making much difference.
It's very hard for me when I have to get him back in the cage, he can't do it on his own and so I have no choice but to chase him down and scoop him up. I'm not sure if it's helping or hurting, but he clearly likes coming out.
Today I put his cage on the floor while he was out in the hopes of coraling him back in without picking him up but it didn't work just yet.
I really love him, he's just so scared. I really could use any personal tips out there on taming down a Bourke beside the obvious I have already mentioned. Especialy about picking him up, should i avoide it at all costs? I feel so discouraged.
I also had another Bourke owner suggest that getting a second Bourke may help, as long as it was tame. The theory was a second bird may inspire Jasper to run with the flock so to speak. I know this could also have the complete opposite effect. I don't mind spending time with two, and the cage I have would be big enough for them if I got another male.
When he hears Birds outside he seems pretty desperate to find them, it makes me sad for him. I'm not giving up on working with him and I'm not rushing out for a second bird either, I could really use some oppinons on what you all might do based on your experience.
Here's a pic of my baby Jasper.